Review: Samsung Behold
The Behold's display is nice and large. It's a hair over 3 inches and this means there's plenty of real estate to view Web pages, look at pictures and more. Set to a medium brightness, the display was easily readable both indoors and out. The more fingerprint grime you have on the screen, the less readable it will be outside, but the same goes for most touch devices. The resolution doesn't quite match that of other phones we've reviewed with screens this large. Some of the on-screen icons had pixeled edges. Perhaps that is being nit-pickey, but it's not like it ruins the experience or anything. Most of the time, Web sites, pictures and such look just fine.
The ringtones on the Behold can be set to stunningly loud volumes. We're talking make-your-ears-bleed loud. At full volume, I was able to hear the phone outside my house even though the phone was sitting on the desk in my office. Granted, my office is at the front of the house, but still. That's loud. This means that the speakerphone can also be made overwhelmingly loud. You should never need to get on a conference call at this volume. Oddly, the earpiece speaker for phone calls was quiet, even though it is the same speaker. With it set to the highest volume, I had trouble hearing calls in moderately noisy places such as a coffee shop. Calls also sounded just a bit muffled. I was disappointed with the clarity of the voices coming through the phone.
In my home, the Behold pulled in 5 bars of 3G coverage from T-Mobile. I made a number calls from the phone and didn't experience any drops. This is better than some other T-Mo 3G phones I've tested. In taking the phone around the area I live in, as well as on a 300-mile drive to upstate New York, the phone managed to hold a good signal most of the time. There were definitely a few stretches of lonely highway in Pennsylvania where the Behold couldn't find T-Mobile's network at all. The Behold survived the NJ vault test (the local ShopRite), but barely. It held onto one bar, and was able to make and receive calls.
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So far, the Behold's battery has held up well. I have only charged the phone once, and it has yet to be fully depleted. I've been surfing the Web, sending messages, making calls and listening to music. We can't, however, provide a definitive description here because we've only had the phone for 4 days. We'll update this section later this week once we have a chance to spend some more time with it and put it through some more tests.