The big deal about the Samsung Suede is the inclusion of the new Muve Music program. This program requires a $55 per month plan, includes unlimited calls, text, web and e-mail, and also includes unlimited music downloads, including ringers and ringback tones. The music is stored on the device, and you will only own it as long as you own the device and continue to pay your bill, although hopefully you will be allowed to keep your songs if you upgrade to another Muve Music device, once more become available. The idea of an all-you-can-eat music service on a phone is a novel one, and it is definitely attracting attention to the relatively small carrier. The actual program itself is a little buggy and has an interface that is not all that intuitive. Song selection is decent, but certainly not all inclusive, although I'm sure as time goes on Cricket will be able to get many more songs in to the program. The overall experience is kind of bleh, although this could be the start of something great, once Cricket irons out the kinks.
Apart from the music service, the rest of the Samsung Suede's features are all fairly standard. The 3.0 MP camera is decent, with easy to use controls, and the camcorder mode works well. There are a host of minor applications, like a calculator and alarm clock, that are all pretty standard for phones these days. Cricket doesn't load their devices with bloatware, thankfully, but there is a Cricket e-mail application. Overall the features are pretty average, but even with the bugs the Muve Music service is a great new service.