Samsung Behold II T939 Review

Software/Features:

You'd think that one of the latest Android handsets to hit the market would be packing the latest incarnation of the platform right? With high hopes set on high, we were brought back to realization that the Samsung Behold II is running verion 1.5 of Android – that's especially frustrating when you see handsets like the T-Mobile G1 and HTC Magic getting treated to 1.6 already. Fortunately Samsung has decided to integrate a new version of its very own TouchWiz interface on top of the usual Android UI. You can see remnants of TouchWiz in the bottom row of icons on the home screen – these include the dialer, contacts, web, and quick list. The latter opens up a grid menu of unchangeable icons that TouchWiz users may seem familiar to using on other phone. Throughout the phone, there are dashes of TouchWiz being integrated into the operating system – so seasoned users will be able to take notice quickly.

As with any other Android handset, there's a lot of personalization one can do with the platform. The three home screens remain intact, but it has a cube-like look to it when you swipe your finger to switch between the different wallpapered homescreens – the animation looks a bit choppy though. Accessing your full list of applications can be done by either pressing or sliding the left bar on the homescreen. One really annoying thing that happens constantly when you're swiping from left to right to navigate between the home screens is the accidental press of the menu bar – causing it to come up instead of moving to another homescreen. Another issue that plagues the Behold II is its overall sluggish performance in whatever you're trying to do. Even when all applications are halted, there is an occasional lag the phone goes through – it's augmented when multiple apps are running.



One of the neatest things about the phone is the 3D cube navigation that offers an alternative option to navigating – you can simply press the dedicated button to launch it. The snazzy looking 3D effects are in full swing and provide some eye candy – making it move smoothly with a flick of a finger. Shaking the phone abruptly will cause it to randomly come to a halt on one of six available options – these include YouTube, Amazon MP3 Store, web browser, photos, videos, and music. You'll be greeted to a cover flow-esque type of interface that will allow you to browse specific media. Sure it's a great looking interface filled with smooth animations, but the novelty of it soon runs out and we found ourselves rarely using it. There are just way too many options on accessing certain apps or media on the phone – from widgets, the cube navigation, quick list, and full menu list. Of all the available options, we found using the full menu list to be used most widely.







Organizer and Messaging:

There's really nothing to say about the usual list of organizer functions that's packed on the Behold II. The calendar will sync wirelessly with your Gmail account so there will never be a discrepancy about your whereabouts. Other organizer tools like the memo pad task lists are on board to keep your busy life in check.



Being a physical keyboard-less handset, the Behold II makes you rely on its on-screen QWERTY keyboards for all input methods. Sending text messages is a rather simple process, but the lack of responsiveness of the on-screen QWERTY frustrated us to no end. If you're the kind of person to take it slow typing on the QWERTY, then you'll find the experience to be decent. For all the rest of us that speed types, it will become apparent to you at how slow the phone tries to keep up with your finger movements – even when using the landscape QWERTY.  If it were a bit more responsive, the experience would have been better overall.



If there's anything that every Android handset does right, it has to be email; specifically Gmail. We didn't have any problems setting up our Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail account on the Behold II. All that was required was the email address and password – the rest was taken care of by Android.

Right out of the box, you'll have the ability to instant message using the IM client. As with most devices, you can choose from either AIM, Windows Live Messenger, or Yahoo Messenger. Google Talk has its own dedicated application that’s separate from the IM application on the handset.



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4 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

told ya.. lol. junk no excuse for an android set to run like this at this point. maybe a few optimization updates will make it all better..

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3. nigelkissoon unregistered

the web2go page is not opening and says web page not available... on my behold2 .....however it opens from bookmark:history ..eg facebook......... can you help?

4. ramesh yadati unregistered

my behold II T P3P shows the message the web page at http//m.web2go.com/might be temporarily down or may have moved permanently to a new address.despite booting several times, this is the msg i am getting; device has signal and data connection; how to reload this web page;how to view a catched paged of the web page from google. Please help me so that as soon as i opt for browser, google.com should appear by default - thank u
Behold II
  • Display 3.2" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 0.2 GB
  • Battery 1500 mAh(6.00h talk time)

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