If AT&T is your home for the iPhone
, Sprint is your home for webOS
devices and Verizon is your home for the Motorola Droid
, we guess
T-Mobile USA is the home for all other Android phones. Ever since the
G1 launched on the carrier last year, it seems like a never-ending flow
of Android handsets have found their way onto America's second-largest
The next handset in line for deployment is the Samsung Behold II, which
bills itself as a "multimedia powerhouse." The phone features a full
3.2" touch-screen OLED panel, integrated Wi-Fi, support for T-Mobile's
3G network, a 5MP camera (with autofocus, zoom, flash, five shooting
modes and video capabilities) and Samsung's own cube menu also provides
quick access to six top multimedia features: music, photos, videos, the
Web, YouTube™ and Amazon MP3 for music downloads.
That UI goes by the name of TouchWiz, and this certainly won't be the
first phone to sport it. TouchWiz gives users the ability to customize
their phones by providing access to commonly used features and
applications, and it also offers three different home screens to
organize multiple workspaces with favorite widgets and application
shortcuts. With Google's own OS onboard, it's no surprise to find
Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube and Google Talk on hand, and
of course the App Market will be front and center. There's also support
for personal e-mail and corporate e-mail with Exchange ActiveSync, as
well as instant messaging, and text, picture and video messaging.
A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and visual voicemail round things up, and if the
2GB microSD card isn't large enough for you, you can always spring for
a larger one.
The Samsung Behold II will be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail
stores, select authorized dealers and online at http://www.T-Mobile.com
beginning Nov. 18, 2009 (that's tomorrow!), though pricing is not yet announced.