Samsung Galaxy Beam (unlocked) comparison

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Samsung Galaxy Beam (unlocked)

Samsung Galaxy Beam (unlocked)
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LG Optimus Vu (unlocked)

LG Optimus Vu (unlocked)
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Verykool RS90 Vortex

Verykool RS90 Vortex
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Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile)

Samsung Galaxy Note (T-Mobile)
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ZTE Nubia 5

ZTE Nubia 5
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Price $1 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.3 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 0 stars No reviews, write one! 5.0 stars out of 3 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date July 09, 2012 February 21, 2012 July 23, 2013 August 08, 2012 October 05, 2013
The Bottom Line Despite weak software, the Samsung Galaxy Beam's bright projector pushes boundaries, and strong smartphone features make it a worthy standalone device. Though the Optimus Vu fits into the novel "phablet" category, forking over $900 for any Gingerbread phone isn't worth it, no matter what the screen size. At $280, the Vortex is a good deal for a rugged phone, but those looking for a high-end Android phone should look elsewhere. With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens extra-large will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will simply be too big. Although it doesn't have LTE, the ZTE Nubia 5's impressive specs and reliable performance make it a great value for an unlocked, high-end phone.

Basic specs

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Specific absorption rate (SAR) Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.19 W/Kg
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Cellular technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
Info unavailable WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
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Weight 5.11 oz
5.92 oz
7.09 oz
6.28 oz
4 oz
Wireless Interface Bluetooth 3.0
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
LTE
Info unavailable IEEE 802.11
Bluetooth
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Service Provider Unlocked
Unlocked
Info unavailable T-Mobile
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Band / mode WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
CDMA 800/1900 (Dual Band) / HSDPA 2100 / LTE 800
Info unavailable WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
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