The Samsung Finesse does not come with all the features you might expect from a phone of its range.
For starters the CDMA network supports the 800 and 1700 set of frequencies, which means this phone is never getting past immigration. For high speed connections we have the two CDMA 1x EVDO REV.o frequencies of 2100 and 1900.
Local connectivity is supported by Bluetooth v2.0 with every possible Protocol imaginable supported. Here is the basic list; music transfer (AD2P) Headset (HSP), Handsfree (HFP), Dial-up networking (DUN), File Transfer (FTP), Object Push (OPP), Generic Access (GAP) and Serial Port (SPP) access. Unfortunately there is no Wi-Fi, which was a feature expected to be on the Finesse.
There is a microUSB port for PC connections and it does come with PC charging capabilities, just in case you leave your charger at home. The internal memory is capped at 150MB. Not bad. You can expand the internal memory up to 8GB with a microSD or microSDHC card.
A few applications included courtesy of MetroPCS are Metro Navigator, which can be used with the phone's GPS receiver, MetroBACKUP, a service which can be used to back up your information on MetroPCS’s servers and finally Metro411, which can be used to locate nearby businesses.
The Finesse comes with a fully packed organizer, featuring a calendar, a notepad, an alarm clock, a world clock, a calculator, a stopwatch, a currency/unit converter and a tip calculator.
The 2MP camera is actually a decent snapper in terms of picture quality, not as good as the camera on the Samsung Galaxy 5, but adequate enough. The maximum picture resolution is 600x1200 pixels, however, the zoom option seems to stop functioning at maximum resolution. The phone comes with all the standard features expected from Samsung, such as; ISO, White Balance and effects (normal, green, negative, sepia, black and white, aqua) self-timer, panorama, and various others. Pictures appear sharp and well balanced, with a slight negation of detail on outdoor shots. However, under low light conditions, indoor shots tend to blur and there is a slight white color effect in the pictures.
Video are recorded at 15 FPS per second and they are very pixelated, at best they are adequate for MMS purposes. Videos can either be taken at 320x240 or 176x166 resolutions. There is a serious issue with the picture gallery that should be noted, there is no way to move from one picture directly to the next, one has to exit the current picture and select the next one from the original line-up.
The music player supports album art, has six pre-rendered equalizer settings, playlist's, shuffle mode and all the features you can expect from a good MP3 player. The following audio formats are supported MP3, AAC, AAC+ and MIDI, no WAV format. Unfortunately while the music can be made to run in the background while other tasks are being performed, it cuts off completely when the web browser is accessed. The music quality via headphones is excellent, on the Bluetooth stereo feature it sounds slightly dull. On the loudspeaker itself the music sounds slightly hollow, there are no complaints about the sound quality.
The video player supports the only two video formats, MP4 and 3GP. MP4 videos coded in either H.263 or H.264 can be played, videos played at the 320x240 resolution play easily, while any higher resolution simply does not work.