Interface and Functionality:

We won't be dwelling too much on the TouchWiz 4.0 interface, 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. There is no word yet from Samsung if the handset will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich or later.

The TouchWiz 4.0 interface - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review
The TouchWiz 4.0 interface - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

The TouchWiz 4.0 interface



Processor and memory:

The interface moves swiftly, powered by a 1GHz dual-core ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 processor with ARM Mali-400 graphics. The Galaxy Beam has 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory out of the box, of which about 4GB are user-available.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Samsung Galaxy Beam 2680 5289 35,6
HTC One S 4867 7012 60,7
Sony Xperia P 2187 5404 29,4

Projector management software:

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

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.

There is also a Visual Presenter mode that projects whatever image comes through the 5MP camera module viewfinder, and blow it up for a larger audience, as if with those write-on projectors you had at school.

Another neat option in the Projector app is the Ambience mode, which can project a slideshow of images for a specified amount of time and play music to your liking, setting up a romantic atmosphere. If you want automatic projecting, well, the Briefing section does just that, and it’s an awesome idea – you can set the alarm to ring from there in a specified time, and then choose what to be projected when you wake up – local news and weather, time&date, or all of those, and you will have them on the wall in front of you when you open your eyes.

The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review
Focus and rotation - The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Focus and rotation

Quick pad - The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Quick pad

Ambience mode - The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Ambience mode

Briefing - The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Briefing

The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review
Visual presenter mode - The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

Visual presenter mode

The Projector app - Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

The Projector app



Internet and Connectivity:

The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Galaxy Beam, with no hiccups or delays while rendering even Flash-heavy pages, or when panning around, pinching to zoom or using double-tap. That’s undoubtedly thanks to the nifty dual-core processor, and the screen pixel density is enough to ensure comfortable reading.

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

The default Android Gingerbread browser performs admirably on the Galaxy Beam


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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6 Comments

1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Samsung's really been innovative lately. I'm hoping to see the resolution get better in a year, a projector to cover a whiteboard at least for school. but anyhow, it's a good one.

2. etotherescue

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I'm liking this phone.

3. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1206; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Giving a spare 2000mAh battery is a good idea...

4. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Isn't the projecter 30 lumens? In the pros in the conclusion is says 15. And the title is written Conclsusion.

5. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Imaging watch porn with this;)

6. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

What a stupid review, PA! The only interesting thing about this phone is the projector. The review should have been filled up to 50% with performance data of it. Very unprofessional. The neighbour's kid would have done a better review if asked.
Galaxy Beam
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2000 mAh

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