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Review: Samsung Behold

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The Behold has a capable music player. The player is found as a home screen widget as well as in the main menu. Opening via the main menu gives you a few more options to search for exactly what you want to listen to before starting playback.

Music can be side-loaded via the data port, or loaded directly onto a memory card and inserted into the phone. The Behold's music player menu is not much different from any other music phone on the market. You can sort your music via artist, song, album, genre, playlist and so on.

The player interface is simple. The album art is displayed nice and big. Under it are three software buttons that let you go back to your playlists, change the repeat settings and change the shuffle setting. Below that is a progress bar, underneath which are the controls for skipping forward/back and play/pause.

Along the very bottom, you can easily press a button to make the current song a ringtone or caller ID, send the song via Bluetooth to another device, or jump into the music player settings.

Included in the settings are several equalizer presets. I have to say, in all my days of reviewing phones, I've never encountered a more worthless set of presets. I cycled through each of them with my best noise-isolating headphones on. The audible difference between each of the presets was so minute as to be a waste of time. I can't understand why Samsung even bothered to include them.

That gripe aside, the music player gets the job done well enough. You can send the player to the background and do other tasks while listening to music, but you can also turn this off so that that the Behold won't play music while surfing the Web. Why you'd do that, I can't quite put my finger on, but at least you have the option.

If you exit to the home screen with the player on, it becomes a widget and is available on the home screen, allowing you to control your music even while not in the music app itself.

One caveat. The Behold does not have a 2.5m or 3.5mm headset jack at all. You have to use an adapter. To its credit, Samsung provides that adapter in the box with the Behold, but it's still a pain to have to use.

 

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