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Review: Garmin Asus Garminfone

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Camera

The camera interface on the Garminfone is simple, but effective. There aren't any bells and whistles to speak of, and the onscreen interface is quite bare. The camera uses a 2-stage shutter button, so you can auto focus and then take your shot. I found the button to be a little stiff. It was easy to set up a shot and activate the focus, but I had to press quite hard to get the shutter to release. On screen, there is a record button that activates the camcorder instead. I especially like that Garmin Asus gives you both options at once, so you can either take a still picture or record a video without having to switch modes between the two.

Otherwise, there's a button onscreen to turn on geo-tagging, and the Garminfone will embed location data into a picture. You can also jump directly to the photo gallery from the camera screen. For image quality settings, you can adjust the resolution and there's also some rudimentary white balance options available, but these didn't help much.

 

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Image Gallery

Viewing images in the image gallery is a simple affair on the Garminfone. The gallery offers a basic grid of thumbnails, and you click for a larger view. There's also a slideshow feature, but don't expect any advanced options like cool transitions or background music. The Garminfone is no-frills when it comes to pictures.

When you're viewing a single image, you can zoom in with a smooth pinch and zoom gesture, or you can use the onscreen zoom controls, which seem redundant considering the multi-touch feature. It's very easy to send a picture. You can upload to your favorite sites or send via e-mail or MMS message. There are a variety of uploading apps available from the app market, and the apps I tried integrated just fine with Garmin's interface.

 

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