Samsung Galaxy Beam

69
Engadget
Score
69

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more

Summary

Unless you absolutely need a pico projector, there's no reason to splurge on a device with lower-end specs when your money can be best spent elsewhere.

Pros
  • Projector works wellExcellent battery lifeSolid and sturdy build
Cons
  • Runs on obsolete build of AndroidLow-end specs don't match professional needs
Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more

With a seemingly endless stream of flagship phones hitting the market before the holiday season, it can be easy to forget some of the other devices that play a more niche audience. The Samsung Galaxy Beam definitely belongs in this category, as it includes a built-in Texas Instruments DLP pico projector. All told, the phone faces a lofty challenge: while the projector could be useful for the PowerPoint crowd, the phone itself falls on the lower end of mid-range, and isn't powerful enough to do business users much good otherwise. With a 1GHz dual-core NovaThor CPU, an overly outdated OS, a 2010-era display and a middling 5-megapixel camera, the Beam's target demographic appears to be ridiculously small. Still, might the projector be enough to carry this device to its full potential? Does a niche device like this have a place in such a crowded market? Read on to get in touch with our thoughts, feelings and emotions regarding the Samsung Galaxy Beam.

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Scores

Engadget

69
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.6
Display
7.4
Battery life
7.7
Camera
7.2
Ease of use
7.3
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

Galaxy

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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