If there's one thing you can say about Samsung, it's that the electronics giant is willing to take the occasional design risk of bringing a niche smartphone to market. Take the Samsung Galaxy Beam 2. This niche handset inserts a projector into the top of the phone, so you can beam videos, photos, and presentations onto a wall, wherever you are.
Editors note: This story originally published on October 14, 2013, and updated on May 9, 2014.
I still haven't had a chance to go hands-on with the Samsung Hennessy, but believe me, I really, really want to. This crazy dual-screen handset for China puts Android on both sides of a retro clamshell design.
What's that thing, right there, sticking up from that phone? Oh, yes, ladies and gents, it's exactly what you think. The antenna made a grandiose return in August 2012's Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G for MetroPCS. The pluses? The Lightray offered streaming digital TV and 4G. Unfortunately, the big, clunky, outdated phone only served up four channels.
More camera than phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom lands in that uncomfortable spot where it's not quite good enough as a camera to lure point-and-shoot buyers, and is far too awkward to use as anything more than a photo and video uploader.
Cast your mind back to the industry's initial impression of the first Galaxy Note, a monstrous 5.3-inch phone that didn't know if it wanted to be a phone or a tablet or a digital-art pad. It didn't help that the old-school stylus had problems with sensitivity and accuracy. Fast-forward two iterations later, and Samsung has managed to turn its unlikely "phablet" into a success. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 continues to improve the Note's software and hardware, and the ultralarge form has inspired the creation of other enormous phones, like the HTC One Max.
The Samsung Galaxy Round may have been the first smartphone to feature an arched display beneath its surface, but it wasn't as well distributed as its chief rival, the LG G Flex, which bends in the opposite direction, from top to toe, rather than from side to side like the Round. And while you can't rock it to sleep, you can rock it awake.