Reviews and Problems with Samsung T939 / Behold II
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Confusing Interface Mars Samsung's Slick Android Phone
18 December 2009
Excerpt: The marching orders are in: Google’s Android Army is on the attack! T-Mobile is adding the new Samsung Behold II to its Android ranks, which already include the G1, the myTouch and the Cliq. After all the fanfare surrounding Verizon’s Motorola Droid and Sprint’s HTC Hero, the Behold II has some big shoes to fill. But now that we’ve tinkered with it, we can say with some certainty that it’s … different. Like the other phones, it’s running the Android operating system.
Pros: An all-around reliable phone with fantastic talk time of 4 hours and 52 minutes. Mini-USB port makes file transfers a cinch. Feels surprisingly light at 4.2 ounces. Easy-to-use D-pad makes a decent alternative to touchscreen navigation. Ships with 2-GB memory card. Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi keep you online and on track.
Cons: Menus are confusing, inconsistent and ugly. Unlock key is far too recessed to be of practical use. Touchscreen seems to attract more fingerprints than competitors. No good can come of that spinning cube.
Summary: Priced at $229, the Samsung Behold II is the most expensive Android phone on T-Mobile, and it’s far from the best. It doesn’t offer the type of social network integration that other Android phones offer, such as the Sprint HTC Hero and T-Mobile Motorola Cliq, and it’s noticeably slower. While you may miss the AMOLED display, for $199 we recommend you check out the Motorola Cliq with its Motoblur user experience and full QWERTY keyboard.
Pros: Beautiful AMOLED display, Unique industrial design, Good Web browsing speeds,
Cons: Expensive, Slow UI, TouchWiz makes Android less intuitive, No social networkingaddress book integration,