- Brad Molen , Engadget
This isn't Samsung's first time at the projector-phone rodeo, but it's the best effort we've seen so far.
- Daniel P. , PhoneArena
It is fascinating how Samsung's researchers managed to stuff all these LEDs inside the small projecting unit in the Galaxy Beam, and still achieve a watchable picture that can be blown up to 50".
Reviews (7.1/10 Avg. rating)
Overall performance is brilliant and its battery life is good
Projector works really well in darker rooms
In many respects, the Galaxy Beam is just a Galaxy S Advance that's been redesigned to fit that projector
There's definitely some excitement to be had when reviewing a device so out of the ordinary, but we found it a little difficult to make a final judgment call. The Galaxy Beam does well at what it claims to be good at (projecting media), but it's otherwise mediocre at best. That's not to say it's a horrible phone, but the low-to-mid-range feature set makes it a tough sell at $430, especially when you can pay the same price for much nicer devices these days. In this situation, it means that you either have to love the projector enough to justify the higher price, or the feature is so importan... Full review
A feature packed phone with a projector that you can carry in your pocket
The new Galaxy Beam is a good successor to the previous Beam. The phone is sleek even though there is a projector. The projection is bright, and there are several features in the projector app. Since the 3.5mm audio jack is at the side, you can plug-in an external speaker while you project a video. The additional battery along with a portable charger is very useful, that lets you charge the battery in advance. You can watch a whole movie for about 2 and half hours with a single charge when the display of the phone is off. If you are not using the projector, the 2000 mAh battery lasts for a... Full review
Light and portable with built-in projector and excellent battery life
The projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use
Looks good, but lacks up to date Android, and the projector isn’t really capable enough for regular use
The strangest smartphone to have been released thus far this year
If you need a pico projector as well as a smartphone but don’t need the absolute best of either, this is a great choice
Despite weak software, the bright projector pushes boundaries, and strong smartphone features make it a worthy standalone device
Projector aside, the Galaxy Beam works well as a smartphone, without being overly heavy or thick despite the extra load. The camera, processor, and screen behave as expected for a midrange Samsung smartphone, which is to say, perfectly satisfactorily. So if you think you're going to really love using the projector, then the phone stands up as a smartphone all on its own without relying on any extra gadgetry to move it through the door. However, if you're skeptical about how often you'd beam anything anywhere, then you should shop around until you find the exact set of features that gives yo... Full review
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