Samsung Behold II T939 Review

Multimedia and Camera:

One area that we've seen look a bit dated in terms of visual appeal was Android's music player – but the Behold II received a visual makeover. At first glance the player looks like any other ordinary stock player when held in portrait, but turning it sideways to landscape treated us to a cover flow-esque interface. The album covers come up and you can flick through them at ease. Sound quality from the speaker for the most part was clear, but lacked any power to really pump out heavy tunes.



Not as fortunate as the music player, playing videos on the Behold II is pretty much the same experience you get out of other Android handsets. There was no slowdown witnessed while playing a music video in MP4 format. It ran really smooth and the vivid AMOLED screen showcased one of its strongest features – colors had such rich tones making it pleasurable to view.



Aside from the 3D Cube Navigation allowing you to browse through photos, you can accomplish the same task by using the photo gallery. Nothing really jumps out as the grid style view of photos pops up at first sight, but navigating between photos is a simple procedure that lacks the intricate finger movements that other phones use. You can zoom into a photo by holding down a spot on the image and move it upwards to zoom in. Conversely you can zoom out by performing the opposite movement.

Considering that the 5-megapixel camera on the Samsung Behold II is above average when compared to other US phones, it surprised us with decent detail and color reproduction in brightly lit settings. When taking shots in low lit conditions, we noticed the lack of fine detail. The interface is no different from other TouchWiz handsets we've seen in the past – there's plenty of options to really get the best looking shots. It's a usable camera for any photo enthusiast or novice user to capture images with.






Now the video recording experience takes a bit of a dive with choppy results that lacked focus. There are only two capture resolutions available: 352 x 288 and 176 x 166. One is for normal use while the other is strictly reserved for MMS use. Unfortunately, there were just too much choppy movements in both resolutions. Sounds captured had a mute tone to it – making it difficult to listen during playback. It definitely does not compare to the quality produced by the Motorola DROID, but it's still usable to an extent for MMS.



Thankfully there's a 2GB microSD card packed with the phone for all your media saving needs. Sure it isn't the 16GB monster that the Motorola DROID jails inside of it, but it'll suffice for now in the mean time.

Connectivity and Software:

Voice phone calls won't be an issue almost anywhere on the globe thanks it its quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM capability while being able to connect to T-Mobile's 3G network with dual-band UMTS (1700/2100 MHz) support. If EDGE speeds are too draining for you, then you can always connect to a wireless network via Wi-Fi on the Behold II.

The performance of the web browser on the Behold II doesn't compare to the ones on the speedy Motorola DROID or multi-touch friendly HTC Hero. Pages had a tendency to load painstakingly slow on both 3G and Wi-Fi connections – it took a little bit over minute and thirty seconds to load our site completely. Scrolling can be a smooth experience at certain times, but every now and then there would be an occasional laggy performance. You can press a button on the bottom right to enable a full page view that displays a small window that you can move around to zoom into a specific spot. It works pretty well for the most part on some web pages, but we found it to be a nightmare to use with extremely long sites because it would be sensitive to the slightest movements. It could've been a good experience on the Behold II, but the sluggish load times dampened our liking to the web browser's performance.



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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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