Samsung Behold unboxing and mini-Review

Hello Tmonews fans, once again my apologies for the slowness for which news is coming out these last few days.

Today, our fellow blogger and T-mobile aficianado Noah from Phonedog posted two videos of the Samsung Behold…

I’ll try and get a full post up sometime tomorrow about T-mobile’s official holiday announcements but with regards to the Samsung Behold we are still looking at a $149.99 price. There has been mention of a $50 dollar mail in rebate but unfortunately in my hurry to post I haven’t doublechecked to see if that’s post rebate or before rebate.

Check out the videos below for a full unboxing and review of this exciting addition to the magenta lineup!



  • thaone&only

    Can this stream video?? Do u (anyone) think the “Behold’s” Web Browser is better then the “Sidekick’s” (LX) Web Browser?

  • D

    Call T-mobile and see what they can do.They told me the RC29 would be on everyones phone by the 11th so if you dont get it by tues then call em.I think it may have been calcelled though because supposedly the security issues that caused google to released the RC30 was caused by the RC29 so you should call T-Mobile to confirm….BX

    Every browser is better than the sidekick browser lol.The sidekick is old news dude it has the worst browser i’ve ever known for any mobile.

  • thaone&only

    Not Exactly, did u even try the Behold’s Web Browser yet??

  • Matthew

    I just upgraded today and got the G1 but I talked to a Store Associate and she said the Behold will hit stores on the 17th and she had a Pink version of the phone in the store which she let me see for a few seconds and the only thing I messed with was messaging and I really liked the Haptic feedback. Does anyone know if the the Widget sidebar will be customizable with other apps and widgets?

  • Theicool

    No, the beholds browser is not like the the sidekick browser, the sidekick’s is better.. the sidekick has a awsome web browser. Iphone has the best browser, G1 has the 2nd best, and sidekick has the 3rd only because the sidekick can’t stream video from the browser like the G1.

  • ratchet

    Yea, the sidekick has a great web browser now.

  • J-Hop2o6

    @ Mark

    I didn’t say i did not want the internet. I was juss repeating what the TmoRep said to me. Of course im gettin internet

  • Joel

    Interesting piece of hardware, the problem with samsung phones they have a weak signal reception, also the propietary connections and micro-sd not been on the phone side makes the phone let say stupid!.

  • thaone&only

    Does anyone know what kind of flash this has?? -i hope not a LED flash..

  • Theicool

    Yes! Its LED flash, and I just called tmo to add tzones to my plan and they said I can’t add it bcuz I have the sidekick data plan! WTF?!?! I use to have tzones and sk data plan a coupple yrs ago.

  • D

    no i havent tried it but the sidekick is only known for AIM and its probably the only mobile browser i can think of with no type of flash or java support.You can only get things done via a mobile website on the sidekick as with most phones you can do it via px version but it has it limits.

  • Tom

    I just wanted to clarify something about the Samsung phone that everyone seems to be referring to as the Samsung Behold. I am a manufacturers representative that pitches T-Mobile on accessories for their growing lineup of cell phones. Working so closely with T-Mo the cell phone being referred to as the Behold is actually know within T-Mo as the Samsung T919 or Roxie. One of the accessories that T-Mo will be offering to consumers is a military grade film screen protector. It was developed by a company called eShields, LLC and their Patented product is called iShieldz. For those curious about their product their web address is:

  • mark

    @jhop, my bad man I just said that cuz I’m not gonna get Internet so I won’t be using a data plan…

  • robert

    Does it have video streaming? The Sidekick 3 internet is horrible and I never would have brought it if I knew beforehand as I use it for internet all day. I will for sure go to Best Buy to test out the Behold first before buying it. Was planning to switch with ATT but want a $500 deposit. Get real! No way.

  • Matt

    I was playing with the Behold all day at work today, Im a sales rep at a Retail T-mobile store. The phone is awesome, think of it as a suped up phone. Texting on it is very easy and works great. The browser is very good too, it is full HTML they just put it in pages, so if its a really big page it will be divided into pages. The touch screen is very responsive and fun to use. Its no G1 as for as apps and web browsing, but overall its a pretty solid phone and I definately recommend it to people looking for a phone touch screen phone.

  • robert
  • robert

    Thanks for ur info Matt. I would hate it if I got another phone with the same web browser as the Sidekick 3. Can you play videos that you find on web pages like I am Deaf and love going to for their videos with American Sign Language devotions every day but the Sidekick 3 does not play bideos at all. Thanks again. Robert

  • mark

    I just heard that the release date was pushed back?

  • Agent

    @ Joel “also the propietary connections and micro-sd not been on the phone side makes the phone let say stupid!.”

    You don’t ever need to take the SD card out. It comes with a USB cord!

    @Tom “I just wanted to clarify something about the Samsung phone that everyone seems to be referring to as the Samsung Behold.”

    Dude, it is ultimately the Behold. It had the codename t919 (not Roxy – that was one of the names overseas) but it is absolutely being sold as the Behold.

  • Agent

    Date pushed back!?!?!?! Say it ain’t so. Where did you hear this?

  • Agent

    Robert I really doubt it will play movies from websites. The iphone and G1 have Youtube players but they don’t generally plays movies from other sites.

  • Chuong

    @ Agent “You don’t ever need to take the SD card out. It comes with a USB cord!”

    The a big plus of removable memory is to have it hot-swap so you could access multiple memory cards instantly without shutting it down.

    Do you want to shutdown your phone every time you want to swap your memory cards? With or without USB cable, it’s stupid to have it behind the battery. Most if not all new phones have hot-swappable memory card. Even my 3-year old Nokia 6126 has it just behind the battery cover.

  • B.

    i am typing this on the behold right now. i have had the phone for a week now and i am loving it. the browser on it is very well done and works much better than the one on my curve. it streams videos from youtube like the g1. it is a littke hard to type on with my big thumbs but not a deal breaker. widgets are awesome. overall its quite amazing.

  • ally

    does anyon eknow what the aim is like?

  • Kyle


    Does the Behold have a good IM client. Like can you log on to all of them at the same time like the Sidekick(which i have)
    Iam planning on getting this phone for christmas im so tired of the sidekick

  • thaone&only

    @B can u download other Widgets, like a Weather kind or a Sports Score..or sumthing like that..??

  • J-Hop2o6

    @ B

    can u DL OperaMini? thats the dealbreaker for me since i keep hearin the 919’s browser is not FULL HTML (aka stays fit in the screen)

  • WXman

    I called two T-Mobile stores today, and both of them told me that they have the Behold in stock and it’s going on sale tomorrow. So…I’m hoping the rumors about the date being pushed back are false.

  • thaone&only

    So, I can get the T-Zones and Txting Unlimted? And it will work??

  • mingkee

    I will pick up T919 tomorrow evening, but I have to test it first
    it’s confirmed from hofo members “corys00” and “ryanm”, that there’s no way Google Maps and Opera Mobile getting connected
    I have no problem to obtain rebate, as I have $20 VPN, just don’t force me to use Smartphone $25 service, or I’ll downgrade my voice plan
    btw, A707 and T819 battery will work on this phone (same model number)

  • Theicool

    It still dosent show up on my upgrade page

  • Leslie

    i have to agree wit “THEICOOL” is not on the upgrade yet, does anyone know if i go to the store will i have to pay up in front or can they put it on my bill?

  • DavidinJAX

    This sucks. does not have this phone for upgrade, in fact when you click on the phone it says

    T-Mobile Customers:
    Add a line now, get the same price (or better)!
    Log in to add a line ›

    UMMM I don’t want to add another line to my package, I already have three lines!!

  • WXman

    Stores around here open in 15 minutes. Anybody going to get a Behold this morning??

  • sssax2003

    Does the phone have FM radio like the F480?

  • Ali

    It’s the same thing with me, not avialable yet as an upgrade.

  • zayra

    i already upgraded…at first it wasnt there but around 10am i did an upgraded….i should receive it on thursday…

  • thaone&only

    Has anybody tried ordering it by phone??

  • Leslie

    i ordered mine online already and at the same time i had a rep on the phone. is good to order now. they have the info now…

  • mando

    How much is the phone with out a full upgrade?

  • A

    Went to the store and got it today. You can add Mini Opera (not Opera Mobile). It works with a few quirks.

  • Hugo84

    I bought the first box at my downtown Chicago T-Mobile store today. They hadn’t even set up the demo unit! It’s still charging, and I’ve been in meetings all morning, so I hope to start playing soon. Looks and feels very nice. The Rose (pink) model has a brushed aluminium back plate while the Espresso has an espresso or dark brown back plate. I selected the $24.95 data plan with 400 messages, the only other option was the $39.95 data plan. That is if you intend to use 3G. Otherwise I was led to believe that my pre-existing $4.99 message plan would be enough to get going. The upgrade cost was $199 with a $50 mail-in rebate. The camera is fabbo!

    The staff at my store still weren’t fully up-to-speed for answering questions, but I assume this will get better as the day wears on. They were only sent 10 copies, so I would say visit your local store quick.


  • mercie

    I just ordered mine today. I did it over the phone-they said it should be here by Thursday-no later than Friday..I can’t wait!

  • A

    Just an update. The $19.99 data plan works perfectly fine for full HTML (or what what they call full HTML).

  • Theicool

    just upgraded with a partial upgrade.. coust me $389.14.. thats what i payed for my sidekick uhh

  • Ali

    I checked mine and with a partial discount it will cost me 383.00 thats F**KING insane I refuse to pay that much for this phone. The G1 was going to cost me 299.99 and after tax and upgrade fee $340.00 at the time of the pre-order what the heck is T-Mobile thinking.

  • saruh

    ahhhh i LOVE IT. i got it today, and i got the rose because i am personally not a fan of brown phones [: but it’s amazing, i love the hands on features and the simplicity. adding music and pictures was a piece of cake, and i can finally set songs as my message ringtones! i haven’t put it down yet, i advise anyone looking for a cool ‘dumb phone’ to get the Behold! It’s a great phone and I love it already !

  • mercie

    wow..u can set songs as message ringtones! thats great! i was hoping it had that feature! i upgraded for only $149…

  • thaone&only

    Yay! I order it for $392.82..<– lol! We’ll I can’t wait!! I hope it comes in on Friday!!!

  • thaone&only

    Oh, can u put MP4 Videos on it??