TODO alt text

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

A projecting piece of kit: but will it leave you beaming?

Our Verdict

If you're looking for something niche and different to show off, the projector does the trick, but the specs just aren't up to scratch otherwise for a phone of this cost.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 8 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 20 Hour
  • Screen Resolution : 480 x 800

View full specification

For

  • Good battery life
  • Projector capability
  • Decent camera quality
  • Additional battery

Against

  • High cost
  • Projector needs darkness
  • Screen terrible in sunlight
  • Niche market appeal

Samsung handily supplies buyers with a spare 2000mAh battery plus a stand-alone battery charger, meaning you never technically have to plug in the handset itself.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Holding the home soft key will bring up recent apps and the task manager, so you can keep on top of battery-draining apps that might be running away in the background.

As for quoted talk time, Samsung reckon up to eight hours on 3G. We'd say it's about right: we found it to have better battery life than most smartphones, when using heavily and keeping Wi-Fi on a good three or four hours a day. A nightly charge would do the trick without any topping up in between.

Battery life was obviously heavily impacted by using the projector - we're talking a few hours of use if you're watching movies or chucking out presentations. This is to be expected and keeping the spare topped up was an easy way to keep you smartphoned up on the go - although if you're bringing this to keep you entertained while camping you might need a few more power packs.

Connectivity

The micro USB serves as the main mode of connectivity and the charge port for the Samsung Galaxy Beam. Using drag-and-drop methods on the PC you can simultaneously charge and update your files.

We couldn't get the Beam to connect to a mac for some reason, even after downloading Android file transfer software for Mac. For whatever reason, the computer entirely refused to acknowledge it. Connecting to a PC was easy though: plug in and you're away.

There's a DLNA for wireless sharing and the Beam is easily turned into a Wi-Fi hotspot by digging into the Wireless and Network settings. Connecting is easy, but there won't be any awards won for speed by connecting this way.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.28 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Beam
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported2
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time20 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution480 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)148 g
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Processor ManufacturerST Ericsson
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service)
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height123.9 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth12.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Beam
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeNovaThor
Product LineGalaxy Beam
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeGyro Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-I8530BAABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Discover the freedom to share content - almost anywhere. The Samsung Galaxy Beam features a powerful built-in beam projector, offering great definition and a picture as large as a TV. You can capture amusing photos and videos with Galaxy Beam's camera, and then use the projector to show them to friends instantly. You can also beam images or video to decorate your surroundings, or magnify and project physical notes, pictures and more. And, with high battery capacity, great video streaming and lots of storage space, you'll be able to share everything you want.

Limited Warranty2 Year