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Samsung Behold Review

Samsung Behold

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Messaging:

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.

Samsung Behold Review
Samsung Behold Review
Samsung Behold Review

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 Review
Samsung Behold Review
Samsung Behold Review
Samsung Behold Review


Connectivity:

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.


Internet browser - Samsung Behold Review
Internet browser - Samsung Behold Review
Internet browser - Samsung Behold Review

Internet browser


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.

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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display3.0 inches, 240 x 400 pixels (155 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Size4.12 x 2.10 x 0.50 inches
(105 x 53 x 13 mm)
4.00 oz  (113 g)
Battery1000 mAh, 5 hours talk time

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