Samsung Behold II, T-Mobile's fourth Android phone, was released on November 18, 2009. Samsung has received mixed reviews on its TouchWiz user interface running on Android 1.5. One highlight of TouchWiz is a “cube menu," which provides instant access to six multimedia features. The device does not have a physical QWERTY keyboard and launched for a subsidized price of $249.99.
"The real question for the Behold II comes down to how plugged into Google you are. If Google is a large part of how you connect and manage information, then you are great here. If not, this smartphone may feel a bit disconnected for you."
"With the Samsung Behold II, Samsung tries to make Android better by using the TouchWIZ interface, but in stead the phone's performance takes an obvious hit compared to other Android devices we've reviewed. Samsung has also redesigned many of the system menus and apps on the phone, but we think the original Android approach is better."
"It's a decent device with an excellent AMOLED capacitive touch screen and Android's trademark WebKit browser. But underpowered hardware and Samsung's various UI experiments make this phone much more difficult to use than it should have been."
"I remember when Android was the cool hip new thing. Well, it still is, but the Behold II marks the end of when Android phones are unique. Every feature on this phone has already been done the same or better by someone else."
"Of all the Android devices, the Samsung Behold II offers some of the most powerful multimedia features, but its high price tag is a major turnoff."