Samsung BEAT DJ Preview
The first time we came across the Samsung BEAT DJ, we were like “Dude, this looks weird!” Later, when we got the chance to take a closer look at it, we actually quite liked the little musician. First of all, we would like to point out that Samsung has clearly decided to build upon and jazz up its existing music-oriented devices, which used to be less sophisticated than the one we’re holding right now. What the BEAT DJ adds to the line is a really nice touch-sensitive screen, unique appearance and a brand new DJ feature that would definitely keep the more creative music buffs entertained, while waiting for their turn at the dentist, for an instance… not that we wish such a dismal fate on anyone… however.
Okay, let´s get right to the brass tacks - it looks great and you cannot deny it. That is, of course, if that fresh and youthful appearance is your kind of thing. We needed just a few seconds to get used to it (because we are young and attractive, you know). It is really hard to describe it, so take a look at the images, they speak for themselves. Its front side has got a metal-like frame that proudly says: “Audio by Bang & Olufsen ICEpower”. The screen is where the BEAT DJ improves the most over previous devices of the series. It is touch-sensitive, measuring at 2.8 inches, which perfectly fits the overall style. The good news here is that Samsung has incorporated the AMOLED technology, which delivers incredible image quality no matter what angle you view it from, also thanks to the 16 million color support. Back at the MWC, the BEAT DJ left us rather cold, but now that we’ve got the chance to play with it for a greater while, we give you our word that the saturated and vivid colors will simply take your breath away. Let’s hope that the situation stays the same even when we take it outdoors, but we won’t test this until we review it. Note that the area below the screen is touch-sensitive and you can use it so as to browse through effects in the BeatDJ app, for an example. Frankly, the area above the screen is also touch-sensitive on our prototype, but we don´t have a clue about its purpose.
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The three hardware keys are situated at the bottom, strictly following the rounded edge, which is a bit unhandy, since they are positioned too low for your thumb. It may sound a bit funny to you, but due to its unique form-factor, the handset does not have four distinct sides. They all merge into a harmonious shape, which by the way looks quite funky with its blue/violet color. Definitely a scene. Fortunately, the microSDHC slot has found its place on the right, so you will be able to hot-swap memory cards with ease. Again, Samsung has done a good job by incorporating a standard mircoUSB port. Of course, being a music phone, the BEAT DJ should offer sound that’s powerful enough so that you can fully enjoy your favorite songs. Fortunately, the prototype did really well. The stereo speakers sound great, so we hope that this remains unchanged. There are two speakers; one on the top side and another on the bottom. The 3.5mm jack (which is a must-have feature for every music phone these days) is right on top and is the only element that breaks the perfectly round curves.
The 3MP autofocus camera, along with the LED flash and the mirror are also designed in unison with the overall “funky” style of the phone.