And so to the camera. You activate the software by sliding the cover away from the 3.2-megapixel lens. This is not as easy as it should be. The long thin cover sits flush to the rest of the casing, and it has no ridge or depression to pull or push at with a fingertip. The cover on my review sample was a bit stiff, and as a result I found it quite easy to press front buttons while sliding it across. Maybe it will soften up during use, but not providing a ridge or depression is a major failing on the part of this phone’s design team.
The smallest self-portrait mirror I have ever seen sits next to a photo light which doubles as a torch. To use it as such you open the lens cover then press the * key. Easy.
Taking photos is also easy thanks to a side-mounted shutter button and getting to features is a doddle thanks to shortcut keys that double up on the keypad and are backlit blue when the camera is in use. Auto focus and a macro mode are among the features at your fingertips.
Sadly, camera performance was lacklustre. Image quality was reasonable but not outstanding. I was especially disappointed with attempts to shoot anything moving. Blurred images were the order of the day there.
Indoors the camera didn’t perform all that well under natural lighting. The coloured dish, shot as ever under normal household lights with the camera on auto settings is distinctly dull looking. Outdoors the camera did better. The chair shows that it coped reasonably well with detail and the white is reproduced nicely. The snowdrops were photographed on macro mode and while this is not a perfect photo it is passable.
As I said at the outset this is a mid-range handset. It doesn’t shine in any particular respect, though it has plenty of features and battery life is impressive.
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