The camera has its highs and lows. It shoots stills at resolutions up to 3-megapixels which is fine, but one disappointment is that the viewfinder isn’t quite full screen. Instead a column to the left and right of the on-screen viewfinder image is occupied by settings icons or simply blank space. This is quite simply a waste of screen space.
There’s far too much shutter lag, too. You’ll be hard pressed to get an acceptable image of anything that moves with this camera. Indoor image quality suffered because of the absence of a flash and most of my indoor test shots were grainy and lacked vibrancy. The coloured dish, photographed indoors under normal household lights, is a prime example.
Outdoors things were much better. Colour reproduction was good. The chair is not as uniformly white as it could be but it’s acceptable, while the plant shows the camera’s ability to cope with details reasonably well.
Post shooting, you can play with photos quite a bit, adding text, stamps, frames and even applying effects like blurring, mosaic, cartoon and others.
Other applications include Web browser, calendar, to do manager, alarms, voice recorder, a notepad you can draw onto, calculator, unit converter and stopwatch.
Call quality never let me down and battery life was on the average side. I got through two-day stretches without needing to recharge, but heavy music fans will get less.
If you want Wi-Fi, GPS or 3G look elsewhere. Ditto if you want a more rewarding camera experience. But if you aren’t bothered about those things this is a reasonably good, touchscreen handset.
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