Samsung Behold II First Impressions Review

by Antoine Wright Reads (23,713)

Overview

  • Pros

    • Excellent screen
    • Solid suite of apps
    • Battery life
  • Cons

    • Overall device performance
    • Slow camera application and functionality
    • Screen is a fingerprint magnet

T-Mobile introduced the Samsung Behold II today, the latest in a series of Android-powered phones.

In terms of getting on the Google Android bandwagon, I’ve not been the easiest person to convince that this is the next best thing going. But my short time so far with the Behold II has proven to be an eye-opener.

This Samsung model is available now for $230 with a two-year service agreement.

DESIGN & BUILD

Samsung Behold IIThe Samsung Behold II is a simple tablet-style smartphone. This design immediately reminds me of the HP h1900 Series of a few years ago — it has a similarly curved bottom, and most of the buttons fit your fingers very handily.

The front is dominated by the gorgeous AM-OLED screen. OLED screens use less power and offer very vibrant color reproduction, and on this end the Behold II is no let-down.

Below the screen is the usual accompaniment of buttons, which I feel are a bit overdone. For example, while I see the point for a home button, the call-end button does the same.

The volume, camera, and screen-lock buttons are the only breaks in the design around the sides of this device, and they fit their purposes well.

The rear is likewise bare, with the exception of the 5 megapixel camera (with flash). At this point in smartphone development, it’s good to see many more mobiles with this high resolution and flash-assisted set up.

The overall design is simple and effective. It looks and feels the part of a Samsung-based device… which can be good or bad depending on your prior experiences. But I do have to say that so far the Behold II has given me a good feeling to start with.


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