And so to the camera. The 3-megapixel lens, flash unit and self-portrait mirror are nicely protected under the slide. It is easy to change some settings via the front touchpad and for others the main menu is no bother to move around. Autofocus, a macro mode, smile shot and panorama mode help things along. It is a great pity, though, that the side button only launches the camera when you are in the phone’s home screen. There’s no camera shortcut if you are in another app so taking quick off-the-cuff snaps is difficult.
Shots were average with some issues along the way. The coloured dish photographed indoors under normal household lighting is a bit washed out and colours lack vibrancy, but the photo is passable. Outside the chair is pretty good for a camera of this quality, though zooming in on some of the more intricate parts reveals the inevitable lack of ability to capture detail.
The macro mode disappointed the most, though. The flowers were photographed quite close in, and focus is very dodgy. Colour reproduction is poor too. The flowers are all the same colour, tending more to the purple hues in the photo than to the blue ones.
The usual range of software not already mentioned bulks out the handset’s offering. An FM radio, voice recorder, calendar, some basic image and video editing tools, RSS reader, memo maker, task manager, world clock, calculator, unit converter, timer, stopwatch and five alarms. Oh, and this handset’s look is very customisable even allowing you to fiddle with the colours of the icons on that touchpad. More pink, anyone?
This is a slightly below average phone in terms of specifications, but its touchpad may appeal, as may the excellent battery life and low monthly tariff. Don’t expect too much from the camera, though.