T-Mobile USA has just begun offering its latest phone running Google’s Android OS. The Samsung Behold II is this carrier’s first with a large AM-OLED display, and the first Android phone with the TouchWiz user interface.
It is selling for $230 with a two-year service agreement, making it one of the more expensive models running Google’s mobile operating system.
Those who don’t want to sign up for a T-Mobile contract will have lower monthly service payments, but will have to pay more for this device: $450. An installment plan is also an option: $22.50 per month for 20 months.
The Behold II is available now on T-Mobile’s website.
An Overview of the Samsung Behold II
T-Mobile’s fourth Android-based smartphone has a tablet shape, and includes a 3.2-inch touchscreen. As mentioned earlier, this is an AM-OLED display, a type that uses less power and offers better colors at wider viewing angles.
It is debuting with Android 1.5, and uses Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz user interface in place of the standard one. This provides one-touch access to commonly-used features and applications, including the “Cube” multimedia launcher.
As an Android-powered smartphone, the Behold II gives users access to Google’s mobile services, including Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Talk as well as thousands of applications and games available for download from the Android Market.
This Samsung model supports personal e-mail service and corporate e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync, as well as instant messaging, and text, picture, and video messaging.
It gives users access to T-Mobile’s 3G network, as well as Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1. It also includes a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash, five shooting modes, and video capabilities.
This smartphone is bundled with a 2 GB microSD storage card, and users have the option to upgrade this to 16 GB or 32 GB of storage by buying new memory cards.
“The combination of 3G speeds, its high-resolution touch-screen, and access to loads of entertainment features is sure to make the Behold II into a holiday hit,” said Wendy Piñero-DePencier, vice president, brand and calendar marketing, T-Mobile USA.