The Samsung Beat DJ M7603 does not only play music but it also helps you scratch and sample it! Check out this review of the Beat DJ and have a look at its tech specs, features and price.

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Samsung Beat DJ M7603

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The Samsung Beat DJ M7603 is an innovative twist to the touchscreen form factor. As the name suggests, the Beat DJ is also a mini turn table that lets you edit and mix tracks like a DJ. So you can scratch, sample, slow down, speed up and spin around all your favourite songs and record them for playback. The only downside to the phone is the high price tag, but given its niche status you cannot really complain.

Design and Looks
The Beat DJ is appropriately designed to look like a DJ's work station. The top and bottom edges are rounded and are a new and refreshing slant at the touchscreen phone design. But sometimes this asymmetric design will make you wonder which side of the phone is the right side-up. Once you overcome this disorientation you'll notice that below the touchscreen display is a semi-circular touchsensitive scroll wheel. Don't fret though, unlike the Omega wheel on the Motorola Motorokr E8 this semicircular wheel forms a complete circle with the other half being displayed on the touchscreen itself- more on this later.

The materials used on the phone are remarkable. High quality plastics abound the exteriors which is also unlike other touchscreens phones that feature plain-jane looks. The entire front fascia is framed in metallic gloss. The sides are coloured in violet and the grey back is patterned for easy gripping. The phone is definitely the most stylish touchscreen in the market today- full marks for design.

The touchscreen display is small standing at 2.8-inch diagonally, it generates a maximum of 16 million colours and uses AMOLED technology. The pixel range of the display is 240 x 400 pixels and nicely complements the screen size. Below the display is the hardware half of the touchsenstive scroll and below this are the call, end and back keys. They may look far from finger friendly since they are squeezed in with the rounded design but are in fact very tactile and responsive to the touch. The loudspeakers are found at the top and bottom edges of the phone and this design is a very logical alternative to the placement of speakers which are normally found at the back of the phone.

Predictably, like any Samsung touchscreen device, the Beat DJ mounts the proprietary TouchWiz User Interface (UI). Few changes have been made to the UI since they were incorporated in earlier models and the new version on the M7603 is now called the Disc UI. Like always, the homescreen houses widgets to popular and frequently used applications. Widgets can be brought to and removed from the homescreen using the drop-down widget tray and there is accelerometer auto-alignment for the widgets on the homescreen: just shake the phone and the widgets auto-align themselves.

There is also multi-tasking support and transition animations are seen all over the UI. On the downside, the UI can be a little slow and irresponsive at times. Samsung could have used a better processor and more RAM to counter this.

Telephony on the M7603 is excellent and on par with the best industry standards; voice clarity and call reception is always great and there are very few instances of dropped calls. The only problem with calling lies in a hardware design fault which is the low placement of the mic at the bottom of the phone. Anyway, common with other TouchWiz devices are photocontacts which lets users tag faces in photos and link them to contacts in the phone's database. The implications of this are simple, you can tag multiple faces in a single group-photo and all of them will now be only a call-away from you; no need to search for each contact individually anymore.

Messaging support includes SMS, MMS, Email and IM. However, when typing messages, users can use only one type of keypad- a virtual alphanumeric keypad. Yes, that's right, no QWERTY. Not that it would be missed since the target audiences for this phone are teenagers who are more than adept at banging out epics from the regular keypads.

The phone's music applications are the standard music player, the BeatDJ and the radio. The music player has a simple layout and includes all the necessary functionality of a portable music player. The semi-circular navigation can only be used during the music applications. As mentioned before, it makes a full circle with the other half of the virtual wheel that's present on the bottom third of the display. It's a lot like the nav-wheel on iPods and features fast forward and rewind/skip buttons on either side of the wheel. At the centre is the pause/play button. Sweeping the finger across the nav-wheel lets users browse through lists, increase or decrease the volume and perform other such contextual functions. Top-centre of the music player is the Beat DJ app button which we will describe next.

The Beat DJ, like the music player features the sparse blue-layout. It is only available in the landscape orientation and features a vinyl record at the centre of the display which obviously goes with the DJ theme. The application is incredibly fun to play with and users will be surprised with the amazing mixes they can create without any prior knowledge in mixing or handling of DJ equipment. Obviously the entire app is touch optimized and the vinyl at the centre can be spun around when using any of the effects. Sound-altering options include scratches, filters, samples and REC. Naturally; scratching lets you scratch tracks forward and backwards but there is a noticeable lag and the song pauses for a moment when you begin to scratch. Filters apply song=filters such as pitch and tempo changes. Samples let you choose and play from a list of sample sounds which are basically noises like explosions or other percussion and voice effects. Finally, REC lets users record the current track complete with all the changes they made.

The application could have been better but is a fine-attempt for a first. Of all the options, users may enjoy filters best, while getting a good scratch will require some skill. There is sadly no option to mash two or more tracks together.

Finally, the radio completes the music triad. It offers RDS support, automatic scanning of channels, Find Music and record broadcast. Find Music is an audio-recognition software like Sony Ericsson's Track ID and tells you the name of the song that's currently playing on radio by sampling it and checking it against a database. Record broadcast feature lets users record broadcasts off the air and is a nice way to score a track or two without having to purchase or download it.

The phone's video player is also a decent performer. It supports XviD and DivX video formats. This coupled with the 2.8 inch screen makes for a nice movie watching experience. Audio quality for all four media applications is good. And as suggested by the promotional sticker on the glossy frame, the phone comes equipped with the Bang & Olufsen audio amplifier chip. Contrary to what most people believe, the audio chip does not alter sound quality, rather it reduces the power consumption when playing audio on the phone.

At the back of the phone is the 3.2MP camera unit surrounded by a self-portrait mirror and an LED flash. Together the three draw a triangle. The camera lens is unprotected and is an indication that Samsung does not intend for this to be a camera phone. Nonetheless, picture quality is great; noise levels are low and there is a good amount of detail and accurate colour representation in most shots. Low noise is partly attributable to the noise reduction techniques that are employed to shots and sometimes it's so aggressive that there's loss of detail. The camera interface is one of the best seen on a touchscreen phone. Videos are shot at VGA resolution at 15 frames per second and are not worthy of further description.

The phone packs in the NetFront 3.5 browser. It features some flash support but not for videos. Zooming in and out of webpages can be done using the volume keys while scrolling can be done using finger sweeps. The scrolling is sluggish and we hope it will improve over time in future models. A major disadvantage in this browser is that it does not support tabbed browsing. No need to fret, users can always download OperaMini browser separately on their phones which is a much better alternative to the NetFront.

Organizing applications are plenty and include the office document viewer developed by Access. It supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files too. The phone also bundles in a GPS receiver but surprisingly there is no Samsung Mobile Navigator application that's commonly seen on most Samsung devices. Users will have to make do with the free and popular Google Maps application which is not necessarily a bad thing.

In conclusion, this phone is a nice and innovative gadget that'll be the toast of techgeeks and wannabe DJs alike. And like any modern day touchscreen phone, it's capable of doing more than just spinning tracks. The Beat DJ is definitely an impressive attempt but lacks the ingredients for mass market appeal thanks to its high price and quirky feature set.

Features
  • Unique rounded top and bottom edge design
  • 2.8” 16 million colour AMOLED touchscreen
  • 3.2MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Built in GPS with A-GPS functionality
  • Standard 3.5mm audio jack
  • Disc UI
  • Beat DJ application for mixing and editing tracks
  • DivX/XviD video support

Accessories
  • Samsung Mono Bluetooth Headset WEP301/WEP250/WEP350/WEP460/WEP470/WEP750
  • Samsung Micro USB Car Charger
  • HKT600 Bluetooth Car Kit

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Samsung Beat DJ M7603 Price India
Price:Rs. 19,000
Warranty (years): 1
Color Options:Black


Technical Specifications of Samsung Beat DJ M7603
Overview Body Type Bar
Battery Life/Talk time 5.0 Hours
Standby Talktime 400 Hours
Dimensions Width 51 mm
Depth 14 mm
Length 112 mm
Weight 100 g
Camera Camera Yes
Secondary Camera Yes
Camera Resolution 3.2 MP
Camera Flash LED
Auto Focus Yes
Display Display Size 2.8 inches
Display Resolution 240 x 400 pixels
Dispaly Type AMOLED
Colours 16 million
Memory Internal Memory 50MB
Card Slot Yes
Complimentary Card 8GB
Expandable Memory 16 GB
Multimedia Features FM Radio Yes
MMS Yes
MP3 Player Yes
Connectivity Options Wi-Fi NO
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared NO
USB Connector Yes
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
HSCSD Yes
WAP Yes
Technology Cellular Network GSM
3G Yes
SIM Type Single SIM
Operating System Operating System TouchWiz Disc UI
Features Input Type AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Flight Mode Yes
Inbulit Dictaphone Yes
GPS Yes
Flashlight NO
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