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Samsung Galaxy Beam / i8520 / i8530
5.9 out of 10

Samsung Galaxy Beam / i8520 / i8530

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Overall 7
7.3
Performance 4
4.1
Battery performance 10
9.8
Display 8
7.5
Weight 10
10
Noise 10
9.8
Gaming performance 2
2.4
Connectivity 4
4.0
Keyboard 8
8.2
Temperature 8
8.0

Review Samsung Galaxy Beam (GT-I8530) Smartphone

Notebookcheck
10 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.3
Performance 4
4.1
Battery performance 10
9.8
Display 8
7.5
Weight 10
10
Noise 10
9.8
Gaming performance 2
2.4
Connectivity 4
4.0
Keyboard 8
8.2
Temperature 8
8.0

Review Samsung Galaxy Beam (GT-I8530) Smartphone

Notebookcheck
10 September 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam

mobile88.com
23 August 2012
  • Summary: Samsung just unveiled a mid-range samsung Galaxy Beam Android phone with a twist – it comes with an integrated HD projector
  • Pros: + Built-in projector, + Light and portable, + Excellent battery life
  • Cons: - 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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Overall 7
7.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam ( unlocked)

CNET
16 August 2012
  • 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...
  • Pros: Fun, easy-to-use projector; Comes with two high-capacity batteries; Easy-access microSD card slot.
  • Cons: Projector isn't super-bright; Very expensive for a mid-range 'droid; Runs Gingerbread not ICS Android; Unimpressive camera.
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

Phone Arena
20 July 2012
  • 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.
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

wired.co.uk
11 October 2012
  • Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a gimmicky phone, with niche appeal, but it's not a bad effort. If the idea of a pocket projector appeals to you, it's good enough quality to show off your videos to an audience (though perhaps without the detail and brightness you'd want for an important business...
  • Pros: Built-in projector, spare battery supplied
  • Cons: Projector's not great quality, old version of Android, pricey for a midrange handset
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Overall 7
7.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam i8530

Trusted Reviews
1 October 2012
  • Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Beam is more than a mere phone; it's your own private cinema too.
  • Pros: Projector works really well in darker rooms, Supplied with two batteries, Reasonably attractive design
  • Cons: Very expensive given the spec, Screen and camera could be better, Runs an older version of Android
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam Review by 3G.co.uk

3g
21 August 2012
  • Summary: A projector on a mobile phone may seem to just be a novelty, but it is done so well and made really easy to use on the Samsung Galaxy Beam.
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Overall 7
7.0

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Know Your Mobile
20 August 2012
  • Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Beam looks good, but lacks up to date Android, and the projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use
  • Pros: Clever integrated projector, Great battery life, Neat hardware design
  • Cons: Projector capability is limited, Old Android version,Expensive
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Overall 8
8.0
Features 8
8.0
Ease of use 8
8.0
Performance 8
8.0
Looks 8
8.0
Battery performance 10
10

Samsung Galaxy Beam review -

Mobile Choice UK
1 March 2012
  • Pros: Projector that easily manages 32-inch image, intuitive interface, solid build and design, excellent battery life
  • Cons: Aging Android Gingerbread OS, mediocre stills camera
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