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Review: HTC Titan II for AT&T

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Camera

Have I mentioned yet that the T2 has a 16-megapixel camera? Yeah, it does. But the camera application itself uses the same camera software that's on all Windows Phone devices. The camera can be opened at any time with a long press to the camera button, even when the phone is locked or in the middle of using another app.

There is a box that appears in the center of the screen to help with centering the shot. Basic controls to access zoom and the video camera are stacked on right side of the display. The T2 offers a lot of tools for controlling the camera, including shooting modes, face detection, smile detection, scenes, burst shot, and of course control over the flash.

One feature I liked is touch-to-focus. It works very quickly, and will focus on whatever object you select in the viewfinder. Once it focuses, it shoots the picture without requiring users to also press the shutter button. The physical camera key is great thanks to the really well-defined two-stage control.

Once images are captured, they are whisked into the gallery app. The right edge of the previous photo serves as the frame on the left side of the viewfinder. It's a quick reminder of what it is that you've most recently shot, and swiping it provides quick access to the gallery.

 

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Pictures Hub

The Pictures Hub is an essential part of the Windows Phone experience. Your own photos are stored in the Pictures Hub, but it also syncs the photos shared by your Facebook friends into your library. The Pictures Hub looks nice, and is fun to use. Pictures can also be loaded to a favorites list, set as wallpaper, and so on.

The only editing function built into the People Hub is an auto-enhance tool. This generic tool attempts to balance out contrast, exposure, and so on. It's rather useless. However, the T2 includes the HTC Picture Enhancer. This is a separate application that can be used to touch up photos you've capture by applying effects, such as Enhance, Overexposed, etc. The Picture Enhancer shows up in the same way (via App Connect) that Slacker and Vevo show in the Music and Video Hub. (However, Nokia's photo-editing app available to the Luima 900 is vastly superior.)

 

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