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Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

The Samsung Galaxy Beam is a rugged-looking Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone, but with the press of a button it goes from sporty to business-sauve.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

The contents of your phone look best projected in a darker atmosphere, and the closer you are to the projecting surface, the sharper your image. The Galaxy Beam projects at a 640x360-pixel resolution. Samsung says that the Galaxy Beam's larger 2,000mAh battery will keep movies and other content beaming for about 3 hours straight.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Stephen Shankland/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

In addition to sharing PowerPoint presentations, you can also play videos, music, and share photos from your gallery, in landscape or portrait modes.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

The darker the room, the lighter the surface, the better your projection results.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

A built-in app helps you adjust the settings and call up annotating tools like pointers and pen tools for circling and drawing arrows. Unfortunately, giving a presentation didn't go as smoothly as I would have liked.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

Beyond the beaming, there's still a midrange Android smartphone underneath it all, and I don't mean midrange in a negative way.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

There's Android Gingerbread on the OS front, with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top. The 4-inch Super AMOLED screen looks bright and beautiful as usual. A 1GHz dual-core processor handles performance like video playback.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

The external SIM card slot helps keep the phone relatively slim.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

Up to 32GB of storage on a microSD card complements the Galaxy Beam's 8GB of internal storage.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

Look closely and you can see the bulge of the projector. The 5-megapixel camera and flash sit below. The soft-touch finish is comfortable in the hand.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET
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Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

A 0.5-inch-thick profile isn't bad for a handset that also packs in a projector.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET
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Samsung Galaxy Beam steps into the light

Beam, baby, beam

A matter of perspective

Now you're just projecting

Control it

Still a phone

Specs

SIM card

MicroSD expansion

Back

In profile

Good as gold

I love the sporty goldenrod color behind the back cover, which matches the phone's sides.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Josh Miller/CNET
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