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Samsung Behold SGH-T919The Samsung Behold is a sleek touch-screen phone with a range of features and an easy-to-use interface.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Ken: Hi, I'm Ken Sherman, Senior Editor here at CNET.com, today we're gonna take a first look at the Samsung Behold; this is a new phone for T-Mobile. It's also called the SGHT919 not really sure why they came up with the name Behold, but it is a pretty attractive phone overall. In case you haven't noticed touch-screen phones are definitely in and this is T-Mobile's latest entry into that game. It has a design that we've seen on a few phones before like the Samsung Omnia also the LG Dare, basic rectangular candy bar shape with a huge touch-screen here in the middle, just a few physical controls down here on the bottom, so not particularly unique in that sense. It is attractive, I like the way the phone feels in my hand, it travels well it slips into a pocket or bag, does have a nice sturdy feel. It is available in 2 colors Espresso, which is basically brown, which is this color and also Rose, which is sort of a pink but the features are the same on both phones. The touch-screen is pretty large for the phone size. It is gonna be smaller than what you might see in the iPhone or some of the other touch-screen phones out there but I think for this phone size it's fine. It is pretty bright and vibrant, like the colors, like the way graphics look. This phone does have Samsung's Touch Wiz Interface we've seen that on the Samsung Omnia, what that is it's, basically just a kind of new menu interface. On the standby mode it doesn't look like much but if you tap this arrow here you'll see that actually brings out this bar here on the side. On the bar are what they call Widgets and what these are, basically, icons you can press to activate certain features. You can do a few things you can customize the bar in a few ways so you can slide the icons around, you can even take an icon and slide it out to the main screen, you can open it up, the feature then you can slide it back, so there is some variation. It is a new way that Samsung's approaching menu interface so, it's nice, ya know, some people might find it a little gimmicky I kind of like it. There were some customization issues that we had, we wish you could actually just control it a little more but overall pretty nice. You can also go to the main menu, which is just a basic menu interface with icons that we've seen on a lot of phones before, so that's easy as well. Down here we have a talk and end control; there's also a Back button, it might look like and OK button but actually it is a Back button; there's a tiny little arrow on it so you do want to notice that. Here on the side is the charger port and wired headset jack. Like a lot of Samsung phones they do combine these together, that means the headset jack is proprietary you can get an adapter though but, so we don't like that proprietary connection and also don't like that you can only use one peripheral at a time, so if you're in your car for instance and you're using your wired headset and you want to charge your phone at the same time you can't do that. The phone does offer Bluetooth so that's a way to work around that but, of course, that means you have to go and buy a Bluetooth headset while a wired headset does come in the box. There's a volume rocker on this side, here's a handset locking key, down here's a dedicated camera button. Here on the back you can see, it looks a little like a regular camera from behind; there's a self-portrait mirror flash and the camera lens; this is a 5 Megapixel camera so it comes pretty stocked. Unfortunately, you do have to remove the battery cover to access the memory card slot, which is always inconvenient. For typing messages the phone does have a full keyboard you can activate that a certain way so you can go into the messages, tilt the phone on its right and the full keyboard will appear. I think for the phone's size the keyboard is fine it is a little small though compared to the keyboard phones out there, so if you have big fingers like me you do want to give the phone a test drive first. Down here on the bottom you will see that there is a one-step button to get you to the making calls, they have a numeric keyboard, you can get to voicemail, get to messaging all from this step, so that is pretty convenient. Also, you have a full Web browser, organizer features, any kind of PC syncing, so this is a pretty mid-range phone in that sense, it's not a Smartphone, doesn't have a third party operating system. Definitely has a lot of features as far as multi-media and organization go. The touch-screen itself is pretty responsive, has a vibrating feedback, which is nice, so we didn't have many problems using it. [inaudible] Web browser was a little clunky; I really think the iPhone has really set the bar in that sense as far as a Web touch interface Web browser goes, but I think it's fine for what we have on the phone. I'm Ken Sherman and this Samsung Behold. ^E00:03:58