Samsung Galaxy Beam vs Nokia Pureview

March 26, 2012
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Fresh from the Mobile World Congress 2012, it seems like both Samsung and Nokia will be putting out interesting phones this year. But, what makes these phones particularly interesting isn’t just the specs they rock on the inside; these two phones each have their unique charm points. The Galaxy Beam is Samsung’s latest attempt at manufacturing a projector-equipped phone. Nokia seems to be getting competitive with their Nokia Pureview and this device’s crowning glory is its phone camera that packs more megapixels than actual cameras.

Design and Display

The Galaxy Beam has dimensions of 124 x 64.2 x 12.5 mm and a weight of 145 grams. It is equipped with a 4-inch AMOLED display and a resolution of 480×800 pixels.

At the top of the phone is a 15-lumen projector and bulb that shoots a 640×480 image up to 50 inches diagonally. Though it may not be ideal for a conference room presentation, this built-in projector can be used for sharing photos or videos and should be enough for most indoor situations. The lamp is rated for 20,000 hours of use so that means you won’t expect to be replacing it any time soon.

The Nokia Pureview has dimensions 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm and is slightly heavier at 169 grams. It has a 4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 360×480 pixels, which isn’t quite impressive compared to the Galaxy Beam. For those of you used to the smooth backs of most Android phones, you may be a little bothered by how the Nokia Pureview’s camera sticks out of the back.

Storage

The Galaxy Beam has 8 GB of storage built into it and is expandable up to 32 GB through a microSD slot. It packs 768 MB of RAM.

The Nokia Pureview packs an internal memory of 16 GB and can be expanded up to 32 GB. It’s also got 1 GB ROM and 512 MB of RAM.

Camera

The Galaxy Beam has a 5-megapixel rear camera, which is less than the 8 megapixels we’re used to. It has a front-facing, 1.3-megapixel camera.

Now, here’s Nokia Pureview’s crowning glory. The Nokia Pureview will be packing not a 5-megapixel camera, not an 8-megapixel one either,  but a 41-megapixel camera. You read that right; this phone is more camera and is sure to capture the hearts of users who can’t stop snapping shots with their phones.

The Pureview’s camera is said not to lose its clarity as you zoom, which means that while  you take a photo of something,  you can zoom on, reframe, crop or even resize the image and the picture will still retain a great amount of detail. The Nokia Pureview also sports a second, front-facing VGA camera. The Nokia Pureview is said to also offer CD-like audio recording.

Processor and Operating System

The Galaxy Beam runs on Android 2.3 but it should be upgradable to Android 4.0. On the inside, it’s got a 1 GHz dual-core processor.

Naturally, being a Nokia phone, the Nokia Pureview runs on Symbian Belle OS out of the box. The operating system may discourage a lot of potential buyers, despite the crowning glory of the Pureview’s camera. The Nokia Pureview has a 1.3 GHz CPU.

Battery

The Galaxy Beam packs a 2000 mAh battery, which we imagine is to support the built-in projector. Samsung says that it’s aiming for 3 hours of continuous projector use on a single charge.

The Nokia Pureview, on the other hand, only packs 1400 mAh. It’s estimated to hold a standby time of 465 hours on 2G and 540 hours on 3G. It might also pack a talk time 11 hours on 2G and 6 hours and 50 minutes on 3G.

For those of you who are heavy phone users, you may have to pack your charger with you. Regardless of which phone appeals to your heart, it seems like the crowning glories of these phones are battery drainers.

Verdict

These two phones don’t seem to be directly competing, each one offering something different for users. Though these phones haven’t hit the market yet, from the features we’ve seen, the Nokia Pureview may just be the new best friend of shutterbugs who don’t like bringing around bulky cameras. It’s estimated to cost US$605 before it subsides. It’s expected to come out in May.

The Samsung Galaxy Beam on the other hand may be just what businesspeople on the go need. It’s the size of a phone without the weight and hassle of an actual projector. As of this writing, there appears to be no set price for the Galaxy Beam just yet.

Does any of these two phones sound like something you’d take with you daily for your business rounds?

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