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Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and usability. The battery and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Beam I8530 (ebony-gray)Samsung Galaxy Beam I8530 (ebony-gray)

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the battery and screen.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung Galaxy Beam i8530 Factory Unlocked Droid QUAD BAND 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100Samsung Galaxy Beam i8530 Factory Unlocked Droid QUAD BAND 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (trustedreviews.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam i8530

 

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is more than a mere phone; it's your own private cinema too.

Projector works really well in darker rooms, Supplied with two batteries, Reasonably attractive design

Very expensive given the spec, Screen and camera could be better, Runs an older version of Android

Mar, 2014

Expert review by: Mobiles (mobiles.co.uk)

Samsung Galaxy Beam lights the way!

 

At a first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Beam features the generic smartphone appearance we have now become accustomed to. Do not be fooled. Samsung's latest smartphone sheds a light on ground breaking technology, sporting a projector module that shines...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Mobile Choice UK (mobilechoiceuk.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam review -

 

Projector that easily manages 32-inch image, intuitive interface, solid build and design, excellent battery life

Aging Android Gingerbread OS, mediocre stills camera

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Samsung Galaxy Beam (GT-I8530) Smartphone

 

Dried-out Gingerbread? The Samsung Galaxy beam is a middle-class Smartphone with an LED projector. Sadly, the operating system is the old Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS. We will find out if this device is a relic of the past or is still relevant today.

Good Workmanship, - Decent Performance, - Fair amount of accessories, - Great viewing angle stability, - Long battery life, - Nice projector feature, Samsung delivers a secondary battery which increases the time the phone can be used significantly, and...

Display is not very bright, - Outdated operating system, - Power adapter makes noise, - Modest cameras, - Rattling speakers, A brighter display. That would make this phone into a well-rounded package without any major flaws. Samsung could also offer...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Roydon Cerejo (tech.firstpost.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam GT-I8530 Review

 

A couple of years ago, before Android hit the big leagues, there was a sudden craze of projector phones which had taken the fancy of many, all thanks to clever advertising. These were feature phones from companies like Spice that had a DLP projector...

The video player supports MP4 and DivX HD formats, so MKV files will play back just fine. Unfortunately, video playback is restricted to 720p only as none of our 1080p test files would play, even through a third party player. We had a similar issue...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Roydon Cerejo (tech.firstpost.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam GT-I8530 Review - Tech2

 

A couple of years ago, before Android hit the big leagues, there was a sudden craze of projector phones which had taken the fancy of many, all thanks to...

The Galaxy Beam is certainly a unique Android phone and will probably be the only one of its kind for a while since there's no news on anyone else working on something similar. Due to the lack of competition, Samsung has priced the Galaxy Beam at a...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam preview: First look

 

You don't see many of those around. Perhaps you're looking in the wrong place. As always, we're glad to be of service but, no, the Samsung i7410 didn't ring any bells. It was the good old Phone Finder again.

Apr, 2012

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

 

The Samsung Galaxy Beam functions well as a smartphone, and has a decent projector. If you are in the market to invest around Rs. 25,000 on a smartphone, there are better options available in the market. But if you fancy a projector on your smartphone,...

Good performer, Good build, Projector works well, has nice extra features

Native video format support not wide enough, Not so great display in sunlight, Unattractive colour scheme

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Cory Gunther (androidcommunity.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam Review

 

Today we have the one and only Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone to show everyone. This isn't actually the one and only, as Samsung's released a phone with the same name in 2010. This is a new and improved Galaxy Beam — just don't look into the light....

Is that Samsung Galaxy Beam a unique or niche device? You betcha! Does is also function perfectly as a very acceptable Android smartphone? Absolutely. Yes the processor and lack of HD resolution is a little behind the times, but these same specs come...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Preetom Goswami (techmagnifier.com)

Samsung Galaxy Beam I8530 Review

 

Samsung has come out with its new mobile phone, Galaxy Beam I8530. This next generation handset is a perfect example of technology and style. Users can make most and get unbelievable performance from this handset. With this new model, witness a new era...

Equipped with a CPU of Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 ; Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread) ; Provided with an internal memory of 8 GB storage, 768 MB RAM and card slot of microSD, up to 32 GB ; Supports HTML, Adobe Flash browsers ; Supports Java via Java MIDP...

Heats very quickly ; Sluggish smartphone performance ; Buggy at times ; MicroSDHC card slot found behind battery ; Forcing a soft reset

The Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam Review indicates that it is a fun phone. The availability of projector makes this smartphone a must have gadget at your disposal. But with its high price tag and few drawbacks, this mobile phone may lose its market in...

Jul, 2012
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Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2000
Standby time (2G):670 / 800
Standby time (3G):660 / 700
Talk time (2G):15 / 20
Talk time (3G):7.55 / 9

Call management

Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID: Yes
Conference call: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Vibrating Alert: Yes

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash type:LED
Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3
Main camera resolution (numeric):5
Maximum frame rate:30
Photo effects:Fader, Negative film, Sepia
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:1.3
Sensor Type:CMOS
Video recording: Yes
Video recording modes:720p

Certificates

Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Grey / Grey, Yellow / White
Form factor:Bar

Display

Display diagonal:10.1 / 10.2
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:480 x 800 / 800 x 480
Display Type:TFT
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:0.75

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service): Yes
Short Message Service (SMS): Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, eAAC+, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, RealAudio, WAV, WMA / AAC, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WMA / AAC, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA
FM radio: Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Video formats supported:DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV, XVID

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: No

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1900
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / HSCSD
3G: Yes
3G bands supported:900,1900,2100
3G standards:HSDPA / HSPA / HSPA, HSUPA
4G: No
Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP / A2DP, AVRCP, BPP, HFP, OPP
Bluetooth version:3.0+HS
Data network:3G
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
SIM card capability:Dual SIM / Single SIM
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other features

Active toolbar: Yes
Camera included: Yes
Dimensions (WxDxH):64.2 x 12.6 x 123.9
EDGE: Yes
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Polyphonic ring: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Rotating: Yes
Standby time:760
Talk Time:575
Video Playback: Yes
Voice Recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Connection: Yes

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Countdown timer, Notes, Stopwatch, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts, Widgets
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Processor

Processor family:QUALCOMM
Processor frequency:1
Processor Model:U8500

Software

Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:2.3

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / microSDHC
Internal RAM:768
Internal storage capacity:8
Maximum memory card size:32
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.25 / 1.26 / 1.27
Height :12.4
Weight:148
Width:6.35 / 6.42