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Samsung's Galaxy Beam - the smartphone with a built-in projector - is set to hit UK shelves this month after retailers revealed its expected release date. The Samsung Galaxy Beam was on show at Mobile World Congress in February, sporting a 4in, 480 x 800 display and a 1Ghz dual-core processor running Android 2.3. The obvious …

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A 50 inch beam, you say?

It makes me want to weep to read this kind of assertion.

What do they actually mean? Is it a rectangle with a 50 inch diagonal if projected onto a surface some specific distance from the phone? If so, then why not say how far away that is? It's just noise otherwise.

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Re: A 50 inch beam, you say?

I dunno, I think it is quite intuitive.

I take it to mean that you can achieve a 50 inch viewing area - beyond that it is too dim or not focused.

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How long do the batteries last?

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Re: A 50 inch beam, you say?

It's not so much the size as the lumens that matters.

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Can't imagine I'd actually use the projector much

So why do I still want one?

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@Fandom

Way to miss the point, bud.

He's saying that even though he will probably never use the primary feature of this phone, he still, in for some inexplicable reason, wants to buy it.

Same argument applies to the majority of people who buy big 4x4s with the ability to drive over mountains; in all probability they'll never use the capability, but it's nice to know they could if they wanted to.

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Re: Can't imagine I'd actually use the projector much

Yeah me too

Now if they could leave it the bootloader unlocked and not make the phone too expensive I'm sure I could have fun with one of these

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Re: Can't imagine I'd actually use the projector much

Sodcasting video as well as sound.

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I can see it now, Underground tube stations with porn projected on every wall when trains pull into the station...

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That's interesting

as a new category of dodgy self-expression: offensive image-sharing (?)

I suspect we'll hear about new categories of harassment and public order offences, as feral types get hold of these and broadcast their misanthropy, in the form of large sweary text &c, to unsuspecting members of the public.

Probably the selfsame chavs will be watching movies and music videos on the tube with the sound AND the image blaring out...

We'll find imagine in the Daily Mail of people doing same... and creative ways for individuals and groups do use it for nice stuff.

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Sigh...

I call porn-godwin, this thread is over.

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Re: Sigh...

Sorry, not been 3 minutes yet, can't stop...

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I'll believe it when I see it...

Seriously, the "Galaxy Beam" has been coming really soon now for about 2-3 years. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea (although I have NO idea what I'd use it for...).

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720p...

...in the 640x360 sense (i.e. a quarter of 720p resolution). I suspect it can show 720p video and downsample it, though.

It may not make a vast difference for watching videos projected onto the back of the train seat in front of you, but it'd be nice if someone could get a few more pixels in there for ad-hoc presentations or web pages.

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Re: 720p...

Never mind the pixels, feel the lumens.

A video projector that only works in coal mine at midnight worse than useless

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Re: 720p...

I was going to make the same point myself.

At work, I use a full-size video projector onto a dedicated whiteboard from a range of about 6ft, and still have to draw the blinds to get a decently bright image. The idea that some feeble LED running off a phone battery is suddenly going to enable World and Dog to enjoy 'teh Lulz' by projecting giant pr0n all over the place, in 'normal' lighting conditions, is a bit over-optimistic.

File my tuppence worth also under "Don't really see the point"

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Re: 720p...

It is 15 lumens. I did a quick google search for projectors. The first link was a google ad for dell, and the cheapest "small room" projector they do is 2500 lumens. If you ask their sales rep what it is like, they would probably say it is OK, but you are better getting one if their more expensive and brighter projectors. 15lm is probably around the typical brightness of a phone screen, fine to look at, but not to look with.

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Re: 720p...

But then it depends how far away from the wall you want it. You aren't going to project to a normal projector screen, but to a while wall on a train about 1 metre or less away.

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Interesting use?

If you coupled this with screenslider (App that lets you use android device as an extra monitor for your PC) it would make a decent sized second screen for gaming (Voice comms window, maps etc)

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Ghost of Jobs / Apple will cry prior art

Remember when you used to use a torch (flashlight) to project shapes made by your fingers on to bedroom walls?

Watch Apple undoubtedly claim prior art, so they can copy it.

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Re: Ghost of Jobs / Apple will cry prior art

What if several dozen other commentards cited prior art in suing you for making the obligatory, brain-meltingly tedious "apple+lawyers" reply to every fucking story that's been on El Reg for about the past year?

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ICS?

Why, if it's being released in the summer, can't it come with ICS?

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This will only be used by chav kids to watch youtube vids of shit pop/urban/dance music on buses in provincial towns - expect to have to have Justin Bieber and random rappers projected on to the back of your head on the way home from work if you use public transport!

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It shows your age that you consider every kid who plays music on their mobile phone to be a chav. I find the same thing - the older I get the more kids I view with distrust.

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Being suspicious of children says more about you than them

I have three children of my own and the more time I spend with children (not just my own), the more I realise that the vast majority of them are far more pleasant than most of the adults I know.

Children are more open, honest and fun than adults and they never boast about how much their house is worth. Children are noisy and usually rather sticky but in general, they are charming and likeable. By contrast, most adults I come across suck. I like my wife though.

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Re: Being suspicious of children says more about you than them

@Lotus49 - An upvote isn't enough, so I just thought I'd say so...

People seem to think that the thing that makes them remember a group applies to the whole group, see:

BMW Drivers and dangerous driving

Cyclists and shooting red lights

Kids and being obnoxious in the street

etc.

etc.

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Re: Being suspicious of children says more about you than them

that's funny, we like your wife more too

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"I have three children of my own and the more time I spend with children (not just my own), the more I realise that the vast majority of them are far more pleasant than most of the adults I know."

Do you work in a prison?

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Rather have a huge laser to be honest. Galaxy Zap?

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Shut up!

And take my money!

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What a pity they can't put all the good bits in ONE package

Galaxy Note, waterproof, decent battery life(*), with slider keyboard, projector and S3 internals?

I thought not (even if 15 lumens is so feeble it'll be virtually unusuable)

As for the Galaxy Zap - will it come with a shark attachment feature?

(*) If it can't run 18 hours with GPS enabled then it's a fat lot of use trying to use the navigation features to stop getting lost in London.

(*2) Most of the 3rd party Galaxy "fat" batteries are junk which at best give slightly better runtime than the OEM one. I call "bullshit" on the claimed mAh ratings.

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