Samsung Behold Review
With its candy bar design and multimedia features, the device is still a phone at its core. In this aspect, the Behold did a pretty good job. The voices from the earpiece were quite audible with very little noise. People on the other side said that they were able to hear our voices quite well, without any problem. On the other hand, using the speaker phone can be a task – we had trouble trying to listen to conversations through it. Placing the setting to its maximum volume still proved not adequate enough to make conversations. We just had a hard time hearing anything through the speaker phone. We would have like to see Samsung use a separate speaker for this.
According to the manufacturer the battery should provide 5 hours of talk-time and about 300 hours of standby. Samsung packed a 1000 mAh battery with the Behold and we managed fall a little bit short at 4 hours and 30 minutes. When performing memory intensive applications like web browsing, we were able to use the phone an entire day without having to recharge. Thanks to the light sensor on the device, battery drain from the screen is reduced to a minimum.
Finally, we were quite pleased with the overall experience of the phone software. Boot up time for the device from a cold start took less than thirty seconds. Just like we saw on the Eternity, it was slightly faster with all the fancy animations and transition effects used by the phone. Consumers will be content with the device without having too many frustrations waiting for something to load up.
Yes, it’s a fact that T-Mobile is now on the TouchWiz bandwagon with a head turning device! People will look and see from afar how beautiful the home screen is with all the widgets you can choose. Not only does the Behold have the looks to make it a popular phone, but the addition of a 5-megapixel camera adds to its long list of packed features. T-Mobile can’t complain about not being the first carrier to supply a TouchWiz phone, but they sure can rejoice knowing they have a solid device that can appeal to anyone looking for something new and different.
- TouchWiz interface
- Brilliant screen
- 5-megapixel camera
- Lacks Wi-Fi
- Few personalization options
- Single speaker design
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!