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Samsung Galaxy Beam

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Interface and Functionality:

We won't be dwelling too much on the TouchWiz 4.0 interface of our prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit, as it is the same that comes with each and every Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone from the manufacturer, and you can find our thorough review here.

The TouchWiz 4.0 interface of the prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The TouchWiz 4.0 interface of the prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The TouchWiz 4.0 interface of the prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The TouchWiz 4.0 interface of the prototype Samsung Galaxy Beam unit - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview

Suffice it to say that it moves swiftly, powered by a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500 processor with ARM Mali-400 graphics. The Galaxy Beam has 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory out of the box.


Projector management software:

The handset sports a dedicated app for controlling all aspects of the projector, from focus through brightness, to the ability to use it as a torch, illuminating the scene in red, green, blue, or white with its LEDs.

You can use the projector as a torch - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
You can use the projector as a torch - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview

Called simply Projector, the app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay, that lets you doodle with your finger on the phone's display, which comes very useful when presenting something with the phone in front of a wider audience, and you want to highlight a specific section of the image projected.

The shape that you've drawn can then be erased with your finger again. You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness. The Quick Pad option also lets you call various types of pointers on the screen, and move them around with your finger, so you can draw the audience's attention to something on your slide in a more subtle way than drawing a circle around it, for example. You can bet that we loved the paper plane pointer type.

The Projector app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The Projector app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The paper plane pointer - The Projector app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
Drawing shapes - The Projector app allows for evoking the so-called Quick pad overlay - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
  

The paper plane pointer

Drawing shapes


You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
You can set the color of the line, as well as the eraser's thickness - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview

There is also a Visual Presenter mode that projects whatever scene comes through the 5MP camera module lens, and that stands for both still pictures you take on the fly, as well as video capturing.


Internet and Connectivity:

The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Galaxy Beam even on our non-final unit. There are no hiccups or delays while rendering even Flash-heavy pages, or when panning around, pinching to zoom or using double-tap.

The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Samsung Galaxy Beam - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Samsung Galaxy Beam - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Samsung Galaxy Beam - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview
The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Samsung Galaxy Beam - Samsung Galaxy Beam Preview

The phone sports the minimum connectivity suite we've come to expect from Samsung's Android handsets, like 14.4 HSDPA download speeds, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA for media streaming, managed by the AllShare app.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
0.75 GB RAM
Size4.88 x 2.53 x 0.49 inches
(124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm)
5.13 oz  (145 g)

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