Samsung Behold Review
Thanks to the Messaging menu, you can write and send text/multimedia messages and emails. There are no factory preloaded picture templates, but you can save such for both, text and multimedia messages. The T9 system is present here and it will assist you type text faster. Inputting text is done via the screen numeric keypad or turning the phone counterclockwise to display the full QWERTY keyboard. There seems to be a glitch in the software because turning it clockwise will display the same QWERTY keyboard, but it is upside down and unusable in this orientation. Typing on the device came naturally and we found ourselves enjoying the swiftness of it.
The Behold provides users an Instant Messaging application that allows you to choose from AIM, ICQ, Windows Live, or Yahoo accounts. We were truly disappointed in the e-mail application loaded with the device. You are only limited to thirteen different e-mail providers to choose from and nothing else. So if you’re looking to add your business account e-mail, don’t count on this device to provide you push e-mail capabilities.
Samsung Behold is a quad-band GSM, which will allow you to use it overseas. High speed internet access is supported using T-Mobile’s 3G service with its AWS band (1700/2100 MHz). We would have liked to see the Behold come with Wi-Fi due to the fact that T-Mobile’s 3G service is not as widespread domestically.
We expected the presence of a good browser seeing that it is a high class device with a large touch screen. After seeing web pages run on phones such as the iPhone and the Samsung Omnia, we would hope to get a nearly flawless experience.
At first, when loading PhoneArena.com everything looks fine (correct visualization), but it is zoomed in at 100% and only a small part of the page can be seen. The browser does not provide you an option to see an overview of the page which would come handy for larger sites. The text doesn’t automatically rearrange and you’ll have to constantly scroll or zoom out, using the volume buttons. The browser is good and useful, but still the superiority of the champions is noticeable. One major item we are disappointed to point out is the long load time we witnessed while loading a page.
To connect locally, the model is equipped with Bluetooth 2.0, as well as with a USB port. The wireless method has an interesting visualization; the Eternity is visualized in the middle of a circle and all the other devices available are around it. When you want to pair the phone with another Bluetooth capable system, you have to drag and drop its icon on the one in the center.
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!