Samsung Galaxy Beam review

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

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Google Maps comes as standard, which is a pretty high standard to beat of course. Without Wi-Fi the GPS lock isn't lightning fast but it only takes a few extra seconds to accurately find your location.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Of course, if you have Google Maps you have an in-built satnav with voice guidance, which is very helpful indeed.

Also, if you're not into apps like Foursquare but do want to know what's around you that you can explore, Google Maps' inbuilt Places tool can help you find a new restaurant, pub or 'attraction' in your immediate vicinity.


Choose from Google's Play store or the Samsung Apps store for loading new bits of fun onto the Galaxy Beam. Ignore the Samsung Apps store and stick with Play; it's the better-stocked store.

Samsung Galaxy Beam review

Pre-installed apps on the Galaxy Beam revolve around the 'hub' theme (e.g. Social Hub, Music Hub, Game Hub) and Polaris Office for Microsoft Office support. Any games you click on in the Game Hub will take you to Play to download, so that is indeed the main app 'hub' itself.

Other than that there's nothing really to write home about: the Galaxy Beam is a blank canvas waiting for your particular personality, pushing neither a social nor work nor gaming aspect.

Apps are all downloaded directly to the handset, slipping quietly into place in the grid-menu display.

Some apps will generate their own widget, others will need to be added to the home screen as a shortcut.

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