The Android phones are massing and looming large for the holiday season. This time it's the Samsung Behold II, which despite the name, isn't a feature phone but rather a smartphone running Android OS 1.5 Cupcake with Samsung's own TouchWiz 2.0 on top. Now don't panic, Android purists; the Behold II isn't totally TouchWiz-ified and doesn't look like a Samsung Behold or Eternity clone. In fact, TouchWiz on the Behold II is a lot more suble than it was on the Windows Mobile Omnia. What Samsung did do is create a whole lot of custom applications, especially in the music and video area, and that's not a bad thing since Android is notoriously lacking there. They've also customized contacts, the dialer and added just a smattering of their own TouchWiz widgets (far fewer than on TouchWiz feature phones since Android already has widgets aplenty). Check out our video review to see the customized UI and all sorts of apps in action.
The Behold II will be out Nov. 18th on T-Mobile in the US and it features Samsung's incredibly colorful and vivid 3.2" AMOLED capacitive display running at the usual Android 320 x 480 resolution. It has WiFi, Bluetooth, a GPS with Google Maps (no kidding, duh) and Telenav, a 3.5mm stereo headset jack (headset included) and a very good 5 megapixel autofocus camera with a great camera app.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview