Samsung Behold Review8
T-Mobile customers will be treated to a decent 5-megapixel camera which is above average when compared to other phones in their lineup. In addition to that, you will find an auto-focusing lens, self portrait mirror, and flash.
It takes about 3 seconds to start the software, after holding the button on the right side. When compared to dedicated digital cameras, you will need to slightly press down on the button to allow the camera to focus and then all the way to take the shot. The period between two pictures is relatively short too (3-4 seconds). You can navigate through the interface very easily which has a lot of menu options and simplistic at its core. There are two sets of four icons arranged vertically on the sides of the application.
The best photos that the device produced were outdoor shots with good lighting. They came out very clear and detailed with colors remaining true when the auto-focus was used. You could see even fine detail such as license plate numbers from cars that were in the distance. Indoor shots in almost any lighting condition seemed to come out fuzzy with colors being on the dull side when taking shots from far distances. The flash on the device only works well when you are taking a shot of something that is three feet away at the maximum from you. As you move further away, the flash does not do justice for color reproduction and everything looks fuzzy with no detail.
Videos on the other hand tell a different story though. We were quite disappointed to find that it only supports a maximum resolution of 320x240. There is a substantial few more options with the video and limits the user to small set of choices. After taking some videos in low light conditions and previewing them, we noticed that mostly everything that was captured came out dark. On the other hand, videos came out pretty decent in outdoor settings with plenty of light. Even when the phone was placed on its highest setting, the sound was very low and found ourselves listening intently. The single speaker just does not provide enough power to deliver a decent video experience, but we did not have any problems listening with wired stereo headphones.
The music player has two versions – one taking up the entire screen, and which is accessible from the main menu and a second one that is visualized as a widget. In the first one, under the album cover and the track info now playing, there are six buttons. They are used to shuffle songs, repeat, modify the equalizer settings, rewind to the previous track, pause, and forward. You can sort tracks by the artist, genre, album, play list selection. Overall, the interface is easy to use but has an unattractive “antique” design. The simple functionality (fast forward, play/pause) is accessible via the widget player.
Viewing videos was tolerable, but nothing like what you would see on the iPhone or Storm. YouTube users will be pleased to know that you can watch streaming videos on the device as well. We were able to load a movie trailer in both H.263 (320x144) and H.264 (320x136) formats onto the device with no problems. The video played with a smooth frame rate with the audio syncing up perfectly with it. In addition, the Behold also supports MPEG4 and WMV videos.
Unfortunately, the same weak speaker you use during a call is employed for sound reproduction. When placed on the highest audio setting, the sound still seemed a little weak and harder to listen in louder areas.
Business users might want to look elsewhere if they plan on reading important documents because the Behold does not support viewing any Microsoft Office files. In addition to that, PDF files were unable to load as well.