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Samsung Vitality with Muve MusicAt long last, Cricket's first Android phone with Muve Music: Samsung Vitality
-Back in January, Cricket launched Muve Music, which was an experiment for them, an all in one monthly music download, playback, ring back tone plus all of your phone features in one. The only problem was that the phone it launched, the Samsung Suede, wasn't very exciting and it wasn't smartphone. So, at long last, Cricket's first android phone with Muve music is here and it is called the Samsung Vitality. If it looks familiar to you, it's because the vitality is a re-brand of the Samsung Admire for Metro PCS, which was recently released. This is a stock android 2.3 Gingerbread phone. It's got a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen, 3.2-megapixel camera on the back, so pretty much, it's exactly the same, but what is different is this Muve music button right here on the right spine. You press this or you tap on the on screen control to switch over to the Muve music OS, which is an OS that's additional to Gingerbread, and there you got like I said the all you can eat music downloads, playback, ringtones, and ringback tones. Plus there is a MyDJ radio app that creates playlist for you and there's Shazam, which will ID music that you don't recognize. The whole plan cost $65 a month that is a 10-dollar rate hike for the android plan, but then again, it is pretty typical for smartphones plans to cost a little bit more than a regular cellphone plan. Now, original Muve plan cost $55 a month. So, this is pretty reasonable. What is more than usual is that Muve music doesn't seem to work with Wi-Fi engage, so you may have toggle back and forth more often. Also, Muve comes pre-installed with a 4 gigabyte micro-SD card, but 3/4 is for move and only 1 gigabyte is left for you. You can purchase an after market 8 gigabyte card and that will give 2 gigabytes for your own needs. The Samsung vitality cost $199.99 off contract with a $20 instant rebate. I've always thought that Muve is a really interesting concept with a lot of potential, but this is the first phone that actually makes it compelling. I'm Jessica Dolcourt. You can read more pros and cons with the Samsung Vitality on CNET.com.