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.

You can compare the Samsung Behold with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Even though the overall screen size has been condensed, it still manages to retain a resolution of 240x400 pixels and 262k colors. You will be amazed how well different colors are beautifully recreated with text easily legible in direct sunlight. Pressing on the screen is accompanied with a vibration feedback to indicate something has been touched. You can zip through the various menus thanks to the precision of the device whenever it is touched. You will find the 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.



8. LamontSim

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 24, 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!

7. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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

6. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 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

4. Agent

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 16, 2008

Okay, this is what it says: "We were quite disappointed to find that it only supports a maximum resolution of 320x240."

3. Agent

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

2. Armo

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 13, 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.

1. Armo

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 13, 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: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

the eternity is kinda 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 former 1.3 mp samsung trace from 2007 took better pics
  • Display 3.0 inches
    400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Storage 0.18GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh

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