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Samsung Behold review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Samsung Behold currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 48 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Custom
Processor
Unknown
Screen Size
Unknown
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Phone Scoop

The Behold is an interesting device. It fills a gap in T-Mobile's line-up of phones in that it provides what should be a winning combination of a touch-screen with a 5 megapixel camera and the TouchWiz user interface. TouchWiz is a decent user interface, and that fact that it is so easily customize...

- Eric M. Zeman, Phone Scoop
MobileBurn

It still can't compete with high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone, or even T-Mobile's own G1, but it is an easy to use and fun device to have around.

- Michael Oryl, MobileBurn
Gizmodo

The Behold fills the hole in T-Mobile's lineup for a not-quite-smart feature phone: It does a lot of the stuff a smartphone will do, like web browsing and email, just you know, not quite as capably as a real smartphone, or even as well as its cousin, the Instinct (even before it got better with its...

- Matt Buchanan, Gizmodo


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Samsung released the Behold on November 7, 2008.


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Samsung backs up the Behold with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
Unknown

The Samsung Behold's screen size is Unknown with x pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown

There is a processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There's no secondary front camera.

Storage
180 MB

Internal memory is 180 MB. An external, MicroSD (up to 16 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time.

Samsung Behold Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2008
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
1700 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 180 MB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.49 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.5 x 5.3 x 1.3 cm (4.1 x 2.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 113 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size Unknown
3D No
Secondary Display No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry T9
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity 2000
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, EMS, MMS, AIM, MSN
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD (up to 16 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility No
Java Applications Yes
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
QVGA (320 x 240 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack 2.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps No ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung T919

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Critic Reviews


Phone Scoop

The Samsung Behold has arrived with a five megapixel camera and Samsung's wiz-bang TouchWiz user interface

from Phone Scoop

The Behold is an interesting device. It fills a gap in T-Mobile's line-up of phones in that it provides what should be a winning combination of a touch-screen with a 5 megapixel camera and the TouchWiz user interface.

TouchWiz is a decent user interface, and that fact that it is so e...More

The Behold is an interesting device. It fills a gap in T-Mobile's line-up of phones in that it provides what should be a winning combination of a touch-screen with a 5 megapixel camera and the TouchWiz user interface.

TouchWiz is a decent user interface, and that fact that it is so easily customized makes it more user friendly than a lot of other phone OSes out there.

The 5 megapixel camera is decent, but not great. Where the quality of the images falls a little short, however, the camera software gives you plenty of ways to manipulate the picture-taking process.

The touch screen itself works well, and the fact that you can turn the haptics off completely, makes it much more usable in my mind.

If you're in the market for a touch device that has a better-than-average feature set, the Behold is worth considering.

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MobileBurn

Solidly built, sports a nice 5 megapixel camera around back

from MobileBurn

We had reasonably low expectations for the T919 Behold, but were pleasantly surprised by the device. It still can't compete with high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone, or even T-Mobile's own G1, but it is an easy to use and fun device to have around. The widget based home screen of the device can be a tad annoying, but the rest of the phone's TouchWiz user interface is very nicely implemented. We give the Behold a solid "Recommended" rating....

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We had reasonably low expectations for the T919 Behold, but were pleasantly surprised by the device. It still can't compete with high-end smartphones like the Apple iPhone, or even T-Mobile's own G1, but it is an easy to use and fun device to have around. The widget based home screen of the device can be a tad annoying, but the rest of the phone's TouchWiz user interface is very nicely implemented. We give the Behold a solid "Recommended" rating.

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Gizmodo

T-Mobile Samsung Behold Lightning Review

from Gizmodo

The Behold fills the hole in T-Mobile's lineup for a not-quite-smart feature phone: It does a lot of the stuff a smartphone will do, like web browsing and email, just you know, not quite as capably as a real smartphone, or even as well as its cousin, the Instinct (even before it got better with i...More

The Behold fills the hole in T-Mobile's lineup for a not-quite-smart feature phone: It does a lot of the stuff a smartphone will do, like web browsing and email, just you know, not quite as capably as a real smartphone, or even as well as its cousin, the Instinct (even before it got better with its most recent round of updates). The web browser is bleh for anything but mobile sites since T-Mobile does you the favor of translating pages, which tends to butcher more complicated ones, and the email client won't do standard IMAP or POP. The IM client is slow, though not terrible, but either way, you can't really install your own apps to rectify the situation.

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User Reviews


Amazon

texting is slow

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This phone is great for young teens who want a smart phone with not too much going on. The only down side i would have to say is that the texting is different. It is slow and messes up sometimes. But other than that its a good phone.
Amazon

Do not buy

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I've had this phone for over a year not and I absolutely hate it. The text t9 can not learn new words and there is no way to permanently turn it off. This makes it very hard to use the msn/yahoo/aim feature. The t9 can not be turned off at all inside that feature. Simples words can't even be typed ther...More
I've had this phone for over a year not and I absolutely hate it. The text t9 can not learn new words and there is no way to permanently turn it off. This makes it very hard to use the msn/yahoo/aim feature. The t9 can not be turned off at all inside that feature. Simples words can't even be typed there. The camera is terrible. All photos are blurry, too dark, or blue tinted (because of the flash). When viewing your photos if you turn the phone to the side to view the photo better the phone will then start scrolling through ALL your photos very fast and won't stop. They virtual key board gets locked to one side and you have to shake the phone repeatedly to get it to flip the keyboard to whatever side you need it on. When using your phone book there is no easy way to get the the bottom of you phone list except by trying to use the irritating touch feature or by using the very slow one by one button on the phone. The ringer doesn't ring loud enough even on it's highest setting. I would never recommend this phone to anyone. Less
Amazon

Don't Do It!

from Amazon
I have had two Behold 2 phones in a matter of 2 months. The first defective one was replaced by T-Moble after about two weeks of ownership. The second phone was also defective.It locked up in the middle of calls so the number pad could not be accessed. T Moble had no more in their warehouse, so my only...More
I have had two Behold 2 phones in a matter of 2 months. The first defective one was replaced by T-Moble after about two weeks of ownership. The second phone was also defective.It locked up in the middle of calls so the number pad could not be accessed. T Moble had no more in their warehouse, so my only choice was to mail it to Samsung for repair which I did. They replaced four defective components,but after one week of it being returned, the problems returned. Their only solution was for me to mail it to them a second time. The phone has a great camera, but nothing else works properly. I have switched brands. No more Samsung for me. Less
Amazon

behold its crap

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i have this phone for about a year now. i was kinda skeptable about this phone. i have owned motorolas in the past and all the previous samsung i have owned before sucked i should of known better. well first thing i last all of my contacts from my phone book, the phones wap broser sucks soo much. oh a...More
i have this phone for about a year now. i was kinda skeptable about this phone. i have owned motorolas in the past and all the previous samsung i have owned before sucked i should of known better. well first thing i last all of my contacts from my phone book, the phones wap broser sucks soo much. oh and anything that you watch on youtube make sure you have a magnifine glass the videos come in a very tiny box, but there is a button by the video that gives you a blown up grainy video and every few seconds it stops and buffers for awhile. now that widget bar is a waste its good for certain things but overall it sucks. the onscreen keyboard unless if you finger are the size of toothpicks then when you type it?looks?like?this, and forget about clicking on those spaces to delete those question marks its not worth the time. now i have notice with my behold i have this very anoying quirk with my phone. when you have a missed call or a text msg there will a box its kinda like a dialog box almost. it has three tabs one is missed calls, the other is text msg, the last voice mails on the bottom of this box theres two buttons. one says check, the other says exit. usually when you have a missed call or a text msg and you want to check it later. you would click exit then you have a reminder icon. well you dont get that option with the behold. any msg you want to check later the phone will ring every three minutes until you check your msgs, with this phone exit does not mean exit. there is no option in the menu to turn this reminder off. and the only thing that i like about this phone is the mp3 player. and there is an option on this phone where you can have you mp3 track as your ringer. been stuck with the same ringer since i had the phone. that option never works. and the battery life sucks on the web, for talk time its ok. i would say this phone sucks and its not worth it the pros mp3 player the cons the whole phone Less
Amazon

needed replaced phone in 6 months, still a piece of yuck

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i loved this phone when i got it. paid 400 cash so i wouldn't be stuck with a two year contract with t-mobile. by about four months i had to exchange it for a replacement. it kept "authenticating" forever. i spend as much time on other phones talking to tech support trying to fix it with t-mobile,...More
i loved this phone when i got it. paid 400 cash so i wouldn't be stuck with a two year contract with t-mobile. by about four months i had to exchange it for a replacement. it kept "authenticating" forever. i spend as much time on other phones talking to tech support trying to fix it with t-mobile, as i did on this phone! i was in the dfw area, but t-mobile wouldn't let me go into a store and do a swap - i had to pay for shipping to have a REFURBISHED phone shipped to me! so this one i've had about four months, and ready to trash it, too. some things i have problems with: ... scrolling lists is frustrating. hard to explain, but highly annoying. every time you use a list. ... today the camera button and other buttons froze up, and wouldn't work. took a while for it to turn off to restart. ... for some reason songs are only 3 minutes long. ... i thot web and telnav (gps) were fast until i saw my honey's iphone. it takes mine a minute to locate a place or phone number, his takes 15 seconds. ... for some reason it lost half my contacts. no t-mobile personnel nor phone help could figure it out. ... t-mobile phone techs can do only so much. and they never call back like they saythey will, to see if the phone is working. ... my faves offers LIST or the circle, but on both phones, it only did circles. ... i've spent so many hours on the phone trying to reset it, always have to do master resets, i could have a week of free time. ... if you change the widgets, you have to reset the positions of them all. ... my el cheapo v360, which i've owned about ten years, has proven better quality than this expensive hunk of junk. ... loved tetris on my old v360, but on this phone, it's like slow motion. there's no challenge. ... for some reason, i can't delete songs on it on it tonight. first it worked, and now it doesn't. ... my faves - it's always saying i have to go to tmobile webpage to delete icons, and i've spent hours trying to do that, have deleted them from the phone, and so i can't change icons for my faves. ... t-mobile service is el yucko, but probably cell phone companies in general have poor tech support. sometimes they'll answer the phone quickly, do all the trouble-shooting well, but they never fix the problem. ... for some reason, the alarms will reset to no volume. so every time i touch an alarm, i have to go thru the cycle to make sure the volume is up high. ... it's always updating time, even after changing settings. i thot it was because i was in arizona with weird time zones, but it's done it all over the usa. ... said mexico time, just over the border, was free. nope! find out the hard way with 30 dollars added onto the phone bill. ... i usually just go to radioshack for help, oftentimes the geeks there can fix a problem in 5 minutes that super tech support peoples never could fix. ... you have to pay extra for a jack to hook music part of phone to speakers. ... has unique plug-ins, which can only be ordered from samsung. ... almost every feature has some quirk, but you have to accept them or be really unhappy. +++ great camera! fun to use, easy to use, great! +++ love the red case i got for it. +++ enjoy the music portion +++ i like the three buttons on the bottom. easy to use most features with just them. +++ lighter than the iphone, a bit smaller, too, but i'm getting an iphone. they are fast and have unique features. i could add more, but i'm saying, DO NOT BUY THIS PHONE! two of them haven't worked well for even 6 months. Less
Amazon

Great little phone!

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I have been on the T-Mobile network since the summer of 2005 (started with T-Mobile's pay-as-you-go phones for 2 1/2 years, then switched to a 2 yr contract in 2007). I have no complaints about service or coverage (well, I don't pay the bills or anything but...) so I think it's a pretty good company. M...More
I have been on the T-Mobile network since the summer of 2005 (started with T-Mobile's pay-as-you-go phones for 2 1/2 years, then switched to a 2 yr contract in 2007). I have no complaints about service or coverage (well, I don't pay the bills or anything but...) so I think it's a pretty good company. My first contract phone was the Samsung t629, a slider phone. Before that, I had the Samsung Stripe and a Nokia bar phone. I've had a good experience with Samsung cell phones. That's what led to my decision to buy the Behold. I've wanted a touch screen for a long time, and it was a cheaper option than the G1 and mytouch phones (plus I don't use the web on my phone, so I didn't need that feature). The T-Mobile Tap recently came out, but I opted for the Behold because I preferred its sleeker design, plus it's a Samsung so I understand the menus, etc. I also preferred the Behold over the Samsung Highlight because the Highlight is too thick for me. I've had my Behold for nearly a week now, and I love it! Obviously, it could have a few more features in the widget bar (such as weather, like my mom's Highlight and my sister's Tap have) but other than that, I have had no major problems and a few minor ones. Even though the touchscreen is hard to type on at first, if you use your nails it works a lot better. I like t9 so that's what I use and it's great! I love that you can easily add music from your computer and the camera's great, too. I don't think it's slow at all, not any slower than my 8 MP Kodak. Takes great quality photos for a phone (another reason I chose it). For me, the minor flaws don't outweigh the great features, so I hope I can enjoy this phone for a long time! Less
Amazon

Better phones out there for the same price.

from Amazon
I got this phone a year ago when it had just come out. It's a decent phone, looks nice, but I feel that there are too many problems with it in order for me to be able to recommend it to anyone. I've exchanged the phone twice now through T-Mobile and their one year warranty. The first time the lock butt...More
I got this phone a year ago when it had just come out. It's a decent phone, looks nice, but I feel that there are too many problems with it in order for me to be able to recommend it to anyone. I've exchanged the phone twice now through T-Mobile and their one year warranty. The first time the lock button wasn't functioning correctly and the phone was unlocking itself through the red button instead of the unlock button... Not a serious problem but irritating none the less. The second time around a line of pixels died. This was an serious problem but both times I had no problem getting a new phone by going to the T-Mobile store and speaking with them. I've also notice a problem (with all the Behold phones I've had) that at certain times my text won't send even if I have full service so I'm forced to restart the phone which is a pain considering messages take minutes to "initialize." Another problem is the lack of Wifi, honestly for such a phone this really is a problem and because of this other phones of its caliber are a much better bet. Text messages take way too long to initialize and every time any sort of change is made to the phonebook it has to resynch which can take a while and you can't use the phonebook while its doing that. Overall, this phone is nothing enthralling. The apps are lacking and the features are average and there are too many fundamental problems to overlook. I would advise against this phone as there are better deals out there for much better touch phones. Less
Amazon

Mostly Pleased

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I've had this phone since it was released (over a year) and since I'm currently looking for a new phone I thought I'd share my experiences with the behold. When I bought this I was looking for a phone that could double as an MP3 player, had a decent camera, and could be used for light texting. I was...More
I've had this phone since it was released (over a year) and since I'm currently looking for a new phone I thought I'd share my experiences with the behold. When I bought this I was looking for a phone that could double as an MP3 player, had a decent camera, and could be used for light texting. I was not looking for a web phone. I really wanted to stay with T-mobile so that narrowed my choices to the G1, the sidekick, and the behold. -Cons -Wifi. Not being able to pick up wifi is the single biggest problem with the Behold. Figure I should go ahead and get that out there. -Funky recharge/data port. In order to play MP3s with an auxiliary cord you need to purchase a separate adapter. Of course when you have the adapter plugged in you can not charge the phone because the charger uses the same port. Also you can not use a standard USB cord to move data from the computer to the phone, yes you get cord for this but I lost mine in travel somewhere and replacement samsung cords are pricier and harder to come by than the dozens of standard USB cords I have laying around. -Charger. My wall charger that came with the phone quit working within a week of getting the phone. Not a big deal because I prefer to charge my phone on the computer with the data cable. That worked well until I lost the cable. -Screen. My biggest complaint with the screen is that it is useless in the sunlight, you have to find or create some shade if you want to use the phone outdoors. -Screensaver/wallpaper. The Behold is preloaded with some pretty feminine screensavers that you can not replace or disable. Guys beware. -Software. If you have more than 50 contacts in your phone finding the one you want is not fun unless you've talked to them recently or you use the voice recognition software. -Micro SD card is not hot swappable. You have to remove the battery to access the card. -Pros -Memory. I picked up an inexpensive 8gb card and it's worked well for me. If memory serves you can use up to a 16gb card. -Screen. Unlike the iphone the Behold has a pressure sensitive screen. This isn't really good or bad, I liked it. Be sure that you calibrate the screen, I was about to throw the phone through the local t-mobile's front window until I calibrated it. -The Drawer. Ingenious, I hate clutter so the fact that I could hide all of the icons still pleases me. On top of being able to hide them, you can select which are available in the drawer as well. This simple addition is one of the things that sold me on the Behold. -Voice recognition. It works much better that what I had on the previous phone. It's a good thing too because it is the best way to look up your contacts. -Camera. This was one of the first 5 megapixel camera phones and it works very well unless you're taking macro shots. The camera just can't focus that close to the lens. But for a phone, good stuff. -Battery. The only time I had an issue with battery life was when I was taking a lot of flash pictures. Otherwise I could get two or three days out of it if I forgot to charge it nightly. -Phone. Works as advertised. -Feel. Good solid phone, the way the phone felt in my hand is what won me over from the Google G1. T-mobile has never been known for their phones, they are always a step or three behind the competition and the Behold is the same way. It is a good phone, and the things that it does well it does very well. Unfortunately it is lacking in polish. With a few changes this could have been the phone that put T-mobile back in the phone race. I would not buy the behold again if it were still $300.00 but at $25.00 it's a good deal Less
Amazon

Just OK phone

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I bought this phone for my wife. The phone itself is OK, nice looks, feels sturdy/solid, and responsive touch screen. The features of the camera is great! it has panoramic shot that I really love to use. however, the picture quality is not that good even though it's a 5MP camera. But nevertheless, I en...More
I bought this phone for my wife. The phone itself is OK, nice looks, feels sturdy/solid, and responsive touch screen. The features of the camera is great! it has panoramic shot that I really love to use. however, the picture quality is not that good even though it's a 5MP camera. But nevertheless, I enjoyed using the camera. I only gave 4 stars because the functions in the fone are too limited, and there are no downloadable apps that you can readily install and use. Less
Amazon

THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE

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Samsung Behold is definitely one of the Good Things In Life. Excellent size, feel, sound! LOVE THE TOUCHSCREEN. Becoming accustomed to the touchscreen is quick and easy! You'll wonder why they didn't invent this sooner. Silicone casing and screen protector (extras) are absolute necessity if you ar...More
Samsung Behold is definitely one of the Good Things In Life. Excellent size, feel, sound! LOVE THE TOUCHSCREEN. Becoming accustomed to the touchscreen is quick and easy! You'll wonder why they didn't invent this sooner. Silicone casing and screen protector (extras) are absolute necessity if you are carrying the phone with you at all times. CAMERA is AWESOME! With 5.0 megapixels you can't miss. Download is a bit tricky - had to Google information - Manual did not give enough info. The side charging proponent is a bit tricky - small and inconvenient. Bottom charging with a "charging station" would make this a 100% deal. Overall the phone is a 98% slamdunk! Less

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