Reviews and Problems with Samsung i8520 / i8530 / Galaxy Beam
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Samsung Galaxy Beam
2 days ago
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.
Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more
10 November 2012
Summary: There's definitely some excitement to be had when reviewing a device so out of the ordinary, but we found it a little difficult to make a final judgment call. The Galaxy Beam does well at what it claims to be good at (projecting media), but it's otherwise mediocre at best. That's not to say it's a horrible phone, but the low-to-mid-range feature set makes it a tough sell at $430, especially when you can pay the same price for much nicer devices these days.
Pros: Projector works well, Excellent battery life, Solid and sturdy build
Cons: Runs on obsolete build of Android, Low-end specs don't match professional needs
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
Conclusion: 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. Naturally, the resolution and brightness can't replace a TV experience, but under the right circumstances you can definitely enjoy a movie or two on the go together with many other people sitting nearby.
Pros: Built-in 15 lumen pico projector, Large capacity battery plus a spare one in the box
Cons: Camera pictures oftentimes come with a yellowish overcast
Excerpt: 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 and weren’t too expensive either, which explained the popularity.
Conclusion: In the end, the decision on whether or not to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Beam will come down to how much you want its projector feature and how much you are prepared to compromise on the rest and pay the price to get it. I'd want the projector to be better and brighter so I could use it more often if I were to take the plunge.
Pros: Comes with two batteries, Built-in projector, Not too bulky or heavy
Cons: Projector has limited uses, Old Android version, Poorly positioned headset slot