Samsung Galaxy Beam review

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

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Running Gingerbread 2.3 on a 1GHz dual-core processor, you'd expect the Beam to be a decently smooth ride for those Android users picking up an upgrade.

It's annoying not to see Ice Cream Sandwich on here, as you'd hope to see something more advanced on a phone with this kind of hardware, and there's no definite upgrade on the horizon.

Even if you're hopping from Apple's iOS to FINALLY pick up a projector phone, it's going to be quite intuitive for you too. There's the handy drop-down notifications menu, with easy access to Wi-Fi, silent mode and GPS and seven home screens to be customised as you wish with all the widgets and shortcuts you can cram in there.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

For the super-organised, there's also the option of folders.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam generally works smoothly, though there is very occasional lag when all home screens are fully loaded and you pinch to zoom out to the all-screen view or swipe to unlock, which you can't help but feel shouldn't really be happening on a phone with these specs.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Adding a widget is simply a case of long-pressing on the home screen and selecting you favourite, but the overall use of Android 2.3 is such that we really prefer the ease that browsing Android 4.0 affords... right now, the sideways list of icons simply is too confusing.

The apps menu is easy to navigate either in grid or list mode, with newly downloaded apps added to the end of the list.

Holding down the home key will open the most recent app list/task manager, allowing you easy access to exit apps you're no longer using to stop them chewing up power.

Adding a shortcut to a homescreen is simple: just tap and hold the chosen app icon in the menu and it will automatically pull up the home screens for you to drag-and-drop to.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.6 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density233 ppi
Height123.9 mm
Width64.2 mm
Depth12.6 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time760 Hour
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 Address
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