Samsung Galaxy Beam review

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

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The inbuilt HTML browser is perfectly good: quick to load, especially when connected to a good Wi-Fi signal, and images are sharply rendered. Plus it has Adobe Flash capability. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Wi-Fi hotspot are available for firing up your browsing power when 3G just isn't enough.

Text remains sharp when zoomed in, though images pixelate a little.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Text reflow is supported, as is multi-window browsing. Bookmarks and history are reached via the bookmarks tab next to the URL.

It's nicely laid out in typical Android style, with thumbnail bookmarks and a history list. New bookmarks are easily added by tapping the auto-populated thumbnail at the beginning of the list to bookmark the page you're on.

Pinch to zoom out to scroll between open windows, or tap the touchscreen-menu button to bring up the option.

If you prefer a browsing experience more reminiscent of a desktop device, there's always the option to download Opera or Dolphin, but the essentials are all covered by the inbuilt browser.

Both Dolphin and the Samsung browser took approximately the same amount of time (about six seconds) to load pages when not connected to Wi-Fi and both were capable of playing video content within the browser.

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