Reviews and Problems with Samsung Galaxy Beam / i8520 / i8530
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Samsung Galaxy Beam – easily one of the most unique smartphones you’ll see this year
14 September 2012
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Beam is available on sale in Europe and the US, and it goes for around $600 unlocked or $150 on a contract. This is a pretty good price for such a smartphone, although it’s definitely a niche device – not many people want a pico projector in their pocket.
Summary: Dried-out Gingerbread? The Samsung Galaxy beam is a middle-class Smartphone with an LED projector. Sadly, the operating system is the old Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. We will find out if this device is a relic of the past or is still relevant today.
Pros: - Good Workmanship, - Decent Performance, - Fair amount of accessories, - Great viewing angle stability, - Long battery life, - Nice projector feature, Samsung delivers a secondary battery which increases the time the phone can be used significantly, and makes the Galaxy beam a long-lasting device.
Cons: - Display is not very bright, - Outdated operating system, - Power adapter makes noise, - Modest cameras, - Rattling speakers, A brighter display. That would make this phone into a well-rounded package without any major flaws. Samsung could also offer Android 4.x in the future.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Beam functions well as a smartphone, and has a decent projector. If you are in the market to invest around Rs. 25,000 on a smartphone, there are better options available in the market. But if you fancy a projector on your smartphone, then you can consider picking up this device.
Pros: Good performer, Good build, Projector works well, has nice extra features
Cons: Native video format support not wide enough, Not so great display in sunlight, Unattractive colour scheme
Summary: Kudos to Samsung for trying something different with the Galaxy Beam. The projector isn't amazing quality but it's a cool gimmick. If you've always wanted to project a booty-shaking Beyoncé onto your bedroom wall, this is the phone for you, but you'll have to shell out serious cash for what is otherwise an average smart phone.
Cons: Projector isn't super-bright; Very expensive for a mid-range 'droid; Runs Gingerbread not ICS Android; Unimpressive camera.
Conclusion: The Samsung GALAXY Beam is certainly a specialty device. If you have a need for a projector that's also a smartphone, or a smartphone that's also a projector - this is your only real legitimate choice. This smartphone is powerful enough to be your normal everyday driver, but you're certainly going to want to know that you'll be using the projector on a daily basis to make it all worth your while.
Conclusion: 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 make it a great work tool. It's pretty clear that the I8530 Beam was aimed at youngsters rather than professionals and that seems like the more reasonable approach.
Pros: 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 v2.3.7 Gingerbread, planned Android 4.0 ICS update, Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, 768MB RAM, Mali-400 GPU, NovaThor U8500 chipset, 5 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and geotagging, Multi Angle shot, 720p video recording @...
Cons: 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
Summary: The Galaxy Beam is certainly a unique Android phone and will probably be the only one of its kind for a while since there's no news on anyone else working on something similar. Due to the lack of competition, Samsung has priced the Galaxy Beam at a slight premium of Rs. 28,900. The only reason one would pick this over other cheaper and equally powerful phones is if they really had a use for the projector, else it just seems like nothing more than a gimmick for the vast...