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Review: Samsung Behold

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The Behold is part of the first wave of phones from Samsung to hit the U.S. with the TouchWiz user interface. TouchWiz is a user interface that Samsung has developed as a sequel to its Croix user interface.

The best part about TouchWiz is the home screen. The home screen is a fully customizable desktop area where you can drag and drop widgets and shortcuts to pretty much any application you want. When you first get the phone, you'll see a little tab on the left side of the screen, about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom. Touch this tab and a dock pops up from the left side, similar to the dock in the Apple operating system. Here, you can snag the widgets and drop them onto the desktop, or you can take them from the desktop and drop them back into the dock. You can also open applications directly from the dock There are 15 widgets in the dock, though only about 7 fit on the screen at any one time. You can scroll the dock up and down to see the other widgets in there.

The home screen also holds four permanent icons at the bottom: Phone, Phone Book, Web, and Menu, It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what each of them does. The main menu holds 12 icons in a basic grid. All the subsequent menus that you find as you dig deeper into the phone are lists. You can't change the way any of these menus look. What you see is what you get.


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