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Pros: Crisp touchscreen, 5MP camera, 3G connectivity, Great form factor, TouchWiz UI
Cons: Lousy reception and voice quality, disappointing Web browser, wonky virtual QWERTY board

I had high hopes for Behold, Samsung's first TouchWiz phone for T-Mobile.  Leaked photos of the device looked great, the combination of 3G data and a 5MP camera sounded great, and T-Mobile got me all fired up with their claims of "real HTML Web browsing" on the device.  But using Behold has left me cold.

Behold's form factor is great.  Smaller than an iPhone, Behold fits nicely into the hand and feels classy and solid but still very light and pocketable.  The touchscreen display is bright and clear and generally works well (though it can be a bit hard to control during vertical scrolling, in particular), and Samsung's TouchWiz UI brings some useful customization and shortcut options to the home screen in the form of widgets than can be dragged between a sidebar and the main screen as you wish.  There aren't a ton of widgets available just yet, but that should change as Sammy deploys TouchWiz devices across different carriers in the coming months.

Behold's 5MP camera also worked quite well.  The combination of auto-focus, flash, and myriad picture-taking options yielded pretty good images, though I'm far from a skilled photographer.  The phone also captures video at up to 320 x 240 resolution, and looks like a very sleek digital camera when viewed from the backside.

With all of that going for it, how could Behold have left me cold, you ask?  The actual phone performance was terrible.  Behold missed and dropped calls where other T-Mobile devices had no such problems, and when I was able to connect with the other caller, voice quality was poor at best and flat-out terrible at worst.  Seriously, either I got a lemon or Behold's got some serious issues when it comes to good-ol' voice calling.

Behold's "real HTML Web browser" was also a huge disappointment.  I don't know who at T-Mobile decided that this is what HTML looks like, but they're trying to pull a fast one on consumers if you ask me.  T-Mo knows what HTML browsing looks like - they just released the G1, which ships with an excellent browser.  Behold, on the other hand, is basically a next-gen WAP browser; it does fine with mobile-formatted sites but more often than not choked when attempting to re-format standard HTML pages into its one-column view.  Had T-Mo touted Behold as having an improved WAP browser I'd be singing a different tune, but they claimed HTML here and I came away disappointed.

Verdict: Thumbs Down
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