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AndroidPIT Hands On Review Of The Samsung Galaxy Beam

Eric McBride
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One of the many things I love about working at AndroidPIT is having the chance to play with devices that take innovation to the next level. Now naturally, not every idea will be a hit with consumers, but when I heard about Samsung announcing a new dual core device with an integrated PROJECTOR inside, I had my doubts on how practical such a device could be. I must admit, that I was pleasantly surprised how well it actually works! In this hands on review of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, I’ll show you how well the projector performs in high and low level lighting conditions, picture quality, a few ways of using the beamer, and me taking out a colleague who attempted to interrupt me while I was shooting the video.

Before getting into the hands on, here’s a quick spec rundown of the Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam with a few photos of the front and back:

  • 124 x 62 x 12.5mm
  • 145.3 grams
  • TFT 4’ inch capacitive touchscreen
  • Built in HD Projector
  • Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 with TouchWiz US v4.0
  • microSD for up to 32GB storage
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 768MB RAM
  • 5MP camera with 2592 x 1944 pixels
  • Dual core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor
  • Comes with 2 batteries (2000 mAh battery)

And here is our hands on review (Youtube link here):

I honestly find the concept interesting, but I personally feel it’s way too expensive, bulky, and outdated software wise. That being said, I could imagine every phone having an integrated projector in 5 years time, especially considering how well the Galaxy Beam performed as a projector in the video.

So what do you think guys? Is this something you could imagine yourself buying anytime soon, or is it just a marketing gimmick? Perhaps it could become the new standard later?

Let us know what you think of the Samsung Galaxy Beam in the comments below! And if you're interested in picking one up, it can be purchased on Amazon Germany here

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  • Tyler Jul 20, 2012 Link

    Gimicky. But I think you're right about more devices having something similar in the next few years. If I had it I'd be playing emulators wherever and whenever I could find a dark room.

    Your job looks fun BTW.

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  • Eric McBride Jul 20, 2012 Link

    Agreed. It will take some time, but it will come. Didn't think of using an emulator with it! Would be awesome!

    And yeah...I enjoy working at AndroidPIT :-D

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  • Tyler Jul 20, 2012 Link

    One of the first things I did when I got my Xoom was to buy the micro hdmi cable so I could plug it into my HDTV and play emulators. Using either the classic Wii remote or a bluetooth gamepad I could sit back on the couch and play.

    It's fun to play all the old school games on a larger format and even though I have a Wii and some classic old school games on it, Nintendo doesn't offer all of my favorite games on their store.

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  • Eric McBride Jul 20, 2012 Link

    I do the same with my Prime! HDMI to my HDTV, and use a PlayStation controller. So much fun!

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