The Samsung A950 has a thumb wheel which gives quick access to download and store music on your phone. Instead of having to flip the clamshell shaped phone every time an adjustment has to made to the MP3 player, just use the jog dial which is on the exterior of the phone, and scroll through the play lists. This gives full control of the music player. Using the navigational keypad, users can adjust the brightness level from -4 to +4, and 2x Digital Zoom in 10 step increments. The A950's 1.3 mega pixel camera features an abundant array of camera effects and filters allowing full control over the exposures. Options include flash, self-timer, multi-shot, color, and even ISO. Even the camcorder offers a few filters and effects. Encoded in 3GP2 codec format, video clips can be recorded up to 15 seconds in length. Featuring a vivid 262K-color internal LCD with 176 x 220 pixels resolution screen, the advanced TFT display is clear even in direct sunlight. When closed, the 128x96 pixel external screen displays basic information such as; reception, battery life, time and date. With a built-in internal memory of 24.5 MB, extendable up to 512 MB, the fully-functional MP3 player is capable of storing songs on TransFlash memory cards. Using the A950 as a portable music player, the previous, play / pause, stop, and next buttons located on the front panel provide easy access to controls. The A950 has a headset jack so users can listen privately without disturbing others. However to share the music, the A950's dual speakers provide a wonderful open-air listening experience. Located on both ends of the hinge, the speakers provide stereo sound when playing music or videos. As for messaging, all the standard text messaging formats are supported including SMS, EMS, and MMS. Preinstalled with AOL, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo, the A950 is also equipped with real-time instant messaging platforms. The A950 also supports downloadable Java-based programs using BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless), a mobile platform for games and applications. Another software/service that is available through subscription is VCAST. This video streaming and download service, allows users to maximize multimedia capabilities. Providing live and prerecorded TV programs, VCAST allows users to stream clips from news and entertainment programs. The A950 supports Bluetooth wireless technology; it can pair and synchronize with devices within a 10 meter radius. Weighing 4.55 ounces, measuring at 3.59' x 1.91' x 0.95', and available in red, this CDMA phone supports dual-band network and is offered by Verizon Wireless services.