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Review: Samsung Behold

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The Behold is heavy and dense. Unlike some other touch phones, such as the HTC G1 or the Apple iPhone, the Behold is somewhat small in size. Despite its heft, it feels good in the hand. All the edges are rounded and there are no protrusions. The smooth monoblock form slides easily into and out of your pocket, and the small footprint means it is comfortable to put in the pocket of any garment you might choose to wear.

The front of the Behold is mostly consumed by the touch display. As with nearly all touch-based phones, you'll find yourself wiping finger grime off of the glass pretty much every day. Above the display is a small earpiece speaker. Below the display are three physical buttons for controlling the Behold. They are the send/end keys and a selection key.

These three keys are raised above the flat surface and have a different texture than the plastic surrounding them. That makes them very easy to locate with your thumb. All three have very good travel and feedback, but are very loud. When you press them, the phone beeps (if you have it set to do so) and the buttons themselves make extremely loud clicking noises.

The volume toggle is on the left side of the phone near the top corner. The button sticks out just enough so that you can find it with your finger. It works well and has good travel and feedback (and it's quiet!). The hatch covering Samsung's proprietary data/charge port is below the volume toggle.

The right side of the phone holds just two buttons: the camera key and the lock key. The camera key can be pressed halfway for focusing the camera, and then again to take a picture. Both half-presses are well defined and you know when you've pressed it halfway versus all the way. It is raised from the surface slightly, and can be found lickety split. The lock key is above the camera key. Since it is flush with the surface of the Behold, it is a little bit harder to find. It is also small. Given that you'll be using this key a lot to lock and unlock the Behold's screen, I wish it were a little easier to locate. It does have decent travel and feedback.

The back surface of the Behold is made of metal. It pops off easily so you can get at the battery, SIM card slot and slot for the microSD card. Unfortunately, you have to remove the battery to swap out the microSD card. Tsk, tsk, Samsung.

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