Samsung Behold Review
The TouchWiz interface invasion has finally reached T-Mobile who is receiving their first taste with the Samsung Behold. Samsung is intent on marketing their spiffy looking interface to win over consumers looking to make the jump into an easy to use touch phone. The device lives up to what our neighbors overseas were treated too earlier in the year. This TouchWiz non-smart phone variant packs a nice 5-megapixel camera with support for T-Mobile’s recently launched 3G service. Eye candy and transition effects are littered throughout the phone which will turn heads as you show off the Behold to others.
The package contains:
- Samsung Behold SGH-T919
- USB data cable
- 1GB microSD
- SD card adapter for microSD
- User Manuals
- Wired Stereo Headset
The Behold retains almost the same design elements we have found on other TouchWiz devices we have reviewed. Of all the other Samsung devices already released domestically, the Behold has the smallest form factor (4.1x2.1x0.5 inches) and reduces the screen size to 3 inches. The phone is constructed out of a hard plastic with the outline having a glossy look to it. We were surprised to see that Samsung used stainless steel back plating for the battery cover which supplements its overall durability.
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light sensor in the upper left side of the screen which adjusts the brightness to extend battery life. On the very top, you will find the sole speaker, which is used for everything from phone calls to speaker phone.
Just like the Eternity and Omnia CDMA, Samsung kept the buttons to a minimum of three physical ones which are slightly raised on the front. The send and end keys are found on the side with the middle one being used as the back/clear key. On the left side you will find the volume rocker and charging/USB port. Samsung did not go with the traditional mini or microUSB connection and decided to stick with their own proprietary port. This TouchWiz variant relies on using the same connection port to allow use of various headsets rather than a 3.5 or 2.5mm jack. You will also find the dedicated camera button on the bottom right side to quickly take photos while another one found towards the middle unlocks the device. If you’re worried about dropping or misplacing the Behold, you can tether it to yourself using the lanyard strap next to the camera button.
On the back you will find the 5-megapixel camera with a flash and self portrait mirror. The hard metallic battery cover slides off to reveal the battery compartment, SIM card slot, and microSD slot. Just like what we found on the Eternity, we are still baffled as to why manufacturers still insist on having users remove the back cover and battery just to install a mircoSD card.
You will find only the microphone on the bottom of the device.
1. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)
really good review. i'm sure u guys agree with me that this phone is better then the eternity. i dont understand why u guys kept saying the samsung eternity instead of the samsung behold a few times in the review. haha i think u guys should put this phone as second place in the t-mobiles top camera phones. not the Nokia 5610. i really think u guys should review the samsung gravity and the motorola rokr e8.
5. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
the eternity is kinda big.....like a damn brick ok uh i have the behold my sis has the nokia 5610 her camera sucks just as bad as the one on her former nokia 5300 so retarded how did that get 2nd place? it takes the crappiest pics i ever seen....my former 1.3 mp samsung trace from 2007 took better pics
2. Armo (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2008)
oh and i forgot to say that the Behold was the first touch wiz phone available. delve was the first available for pre order online but the actual first was the behold. then came the eternity, then delve and lastly the omnia.
3. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
It's crazy saying it "only" shoots QVGA video. I can count the number of phones available in the U.S. on one hand. Oh, and that's 320 x 240 pixels more than what the iphone shoots.
4. Agent (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Dec 2008)
Okay, this is what it says: "We were quite disappointed to find that it only supports a maximum resolution of 320x240."
6. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
the screen images and icons on the phone are from the older software version i got the behold in april and it has the same appearance and icons as on the memoir it looks WAY BETTER dat way
7. behold--me (Posts: 650; Member since: 22 Jun 2009)
next phone i get is gonna also be samsung....but with a much better and updated UI very disappointed with no addable widgets like on the omnia hd and the jet and stuff
8. LamontSim (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Aug 2009)
I wanted to say that while the Behold is a really nicely designed phone and has a lot of features, it has a lot of design or software flaws that discredit it such as a "driving" profile setting that is supposed to activate the speaker phone when a call is answered in that mode, a call alert setting of "melody" which gives the "increasing melody" setting no matter where it is set to, a speed-dial entering system that takes only a mobile phone contact with no option for another multiple listing phone number and many other flaws that a true phone techy could find and see. Samsung claims they can fix my Behold by me sending it back to them for a so-called software or memory refresh but, what about all the people who have this phone and don't know about the flaws and how many people can and will send theirs in for repairs. Can't Samsung initiate a software update to correct the problems? You tell me!