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Review: Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T

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Camera

The Rugby uses the same camera software as found on other phones from Samsung. The viewfinder window is busy with controls running down both sides. On the left, users can switch to the front camera, set the flash, or dive into a fuller settings menu. There's no physical camera button.

The full camera settings menu is extensive and lets advanced users adjust nearly every facet of the camera and picture-taking experience. Exposure, scene, metering, ISO, and more can all be tweaked.

The Rugby has touch-to-focus, and will lock onto anything you want in the viewfinder. Focusing is extremely fast.

The camcorder software behaves in exactly the same manner as the camera.

 

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Gallery

The Rugby makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery software. Images are stored in floating stacks based on date. The view of the gallery can also be switched to a more linear timeline view.

The gallery is also excellent when it comes to editing photos. It supports a wide range of tools for adjusting images after the fact (effects, color, brightness, fine-tuned selector tool, crop, rotate, etc.), and makes sharing images through MMS, email, social networks a breeze.

For the even more adventurous, the Rugby includes a third-party photo editing tool that offers another avenue for adjusting images after the fact. I didn't see any stand-out features that make it more compelling than the stock photo editing tool, but the user interface is a bit friendlier.

 

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