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Samsung Galaxy Beam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the portability and camera are generally positive. The screen and build quality also get good feedback. There are mixed reviews on the reliability and reception, while many are less positive about the features and value for money.

battery, build quality, screen, camera, portability

value for money, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung Galaxy Beam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung Galaxy Beam

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 8 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Beam from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on Amazon.co.uk.

build quality, usability, screen, camera, portability

reliability, features, responsiveness

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Beam Sim Free Mobile Smartphone - GreySamsung Galaxy Beam I8530 (ebony-gray)

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Amazon.com review summary for Samsung Galaxy Beam

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 7 user reviews of Samsung Galaxy Beam from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

battery, screen

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Samsung Galaxy Beam i8530 Factory Unlocked Droid QUAD BAND 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

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Samsung Galaxy Beam GT-I8530 Review

 

A couple of years ago, before Android hit the big leagues, there was a sudden craze of projector phones which had taken the fancy of many, all thanks to clever advertising. These were feature phones from companies like Spice that had a DLP projector...

The video player supports MP4 and DivX HD formats, so MKV files will play back just fine. Unfortunately, video playback is restricted to 720p only as none of our 1080p test files would play, even through a third party player. We had a similar issue...

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Review Samsung Galaxy Beam (GT-I8530) Smartphone

 

Dried-out Gingerbread? The Samsung Galaxy beam is a middle-class

Good Workmanship; - Decent Performance; - Fair amount of accessories; - Great viewing angle stability; - Long battery life; - Nice projector feature

Display is not very bright; - Outdated operating system; - Power adapter makes noise; - Modest cameras; - Rattling speakers

Middle class smartphones are like sand in the ocean. We can not pick specific competitors as we would have to leave out quite a few others.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more

 

With a seemingly endless stream of flagship phones hitting the market before the holiday season, it can be easy to forget some of the other devices that

Projector works well ; Excellent battery life ; Solid and sturdy build

Runs on obsolete build of Android ; Low-end specs don't match professional needs

Unless you absolutely need a pico projector, there's no reason to splurge on a device with lower-end specs when your money can be best spent elsewhere.

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Samsung GALAXY Beam Review

 

If you're looking for just about the strangest smartphone to have been released thus far this year, you're looking right at it right here: the Samsung GALAXY Beam. This device is a relatively powerful smartphone on its own, but with it you get a...

This device is currently available internationally (UK, France, Singapore, India and Brazil) and USA launch dates have not been announced, but are expected soon – rather soon, we hope!

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Samsung Galaxy Beam (unlocked)

 

Never mind that the Samsung Galaxy Beam shoots 720p HD video or has a bright yellowjacket design. The one reason you're reading this is because of the quirky smartphone's capability to literally project the contents of your phone onto the nearest...

The Samsung Galaxy Beam comes with an integrated pico projector, a dual-core processor, 720p video capture, and a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen.

The Galaxy Beam's projection software needs some work, the 5-megapixel camera sometimes blurs indoor shots, and the build is thicker and heavier than many of today's phones.

Despite weak software, the Samsung Galaxy Beam's bright projector pushes boundaries, and strong smartphone features make it a worthy standalone device.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam review: Home cinema

 

The first attempts at a projector phone didn't quite work out for Samsung. For many that would be enough to call it a day, but not the Koreans. You don't become the world's number 1 phone manufacturer by giving up easily, so Samsung chose to take a...

Quad-band GSM /GPRS/EDGE support ; 3G with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; 4" 16M-color capacitive LED-backlit PLS TFT touchscreen of WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels), Scratch-resistant glass ; Built-in 15-lumen DLP nHD projector ; Android OS...

No Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box ; All plastic construction ; Feeble loudspeaker ; NovaThor U8500 is the least powerful of the dual-core offerings on the market ; Thicker and heavier than mid-range competition

At the end of our review, it's perhaps fitting to return to the highlight of the Samsung Galaxy Beam - the projector. We found its performance pretty good for the casual media sharing, though the low brightness and the uninspiring resolution hardly...

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Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam preview: First look

 

You don't see many of those around. Perhaps you're looking in the wrong place. As always, we're glad to be of service but, no, the Samsung i7410 didn't ring any bells. It was the good old Phone Finder again.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

 

Announced at MWC 2012, the Samsung Galaxy Beam sports a projector module of Samsung's own make, that shines with 15 lumen and nHD (640x360) resolution, supposedly enough to create a watchable experience in a low ambient light setting, which can be...

Built-in 15 lumen pico projector ; Large capacity battery plus a spare one in the box

Camera pictures oftentimes come with a yellowish overcast

It is fascinating how Samsung's researchers managed to stuff all these LEDs inside the small projecting unit in the Galaxy Beam, and still achieve a watchable picture that can be blown up to 50”, as if you carry your own big-screen TV in your pocket....

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Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy Beam was announced way back in February at MWC 2012, and looks like your average Samsung mid-range phone, except that it has a built-in...

Has a Built-in Projector ; Okay Build quality ; MicroSD card slot ; Good battery life (some regions have extra battery) ; Easy to use one-handed ; Decent performance thanks to the Dual-Core

Bit Pricey if you dont consider the projector ; Runs ol’ outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread

It’s a niche device, so if you really need a mid-range Android smartphone with a built-in projector, well here ya go. If the projector isnt important to you, there are a couple high end Android phones for the same price.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam

 

Samsung just unveiled a mid-range samsung Galaxy Beam Android phone with a twist – it comes with an integrated HD projector

Built-in projector; Light and portable; Excellent battery life

Runs on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread; Awkward audio jack position; Handset; Power adaptor; microUSB cable; Spare 2000 mAh battery; Standalone charger

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Product Specifications

Camera

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash:No / Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD720p / Unknown

Configuration

Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: Yes
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes

Connectivity

A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
HSCSD: No
HSDPA:No / Yes
Technology:GSM/PCN / WCDMA (UMTS)

Display

Display Technology:AMOLED / Super-AMOLED
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Design:Bar
EASY USE PHONE: No
Elderly Friendly Phone: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 2.0/2.0.1/2.1 Eclair
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Mobile Phone / Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free

Messaging

E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging: Yes
Push email: Yes
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