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Review: Samsung Galaxy Prevail

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Samsung continues to offer some of the best camera software for its phones, and the Prevail is no exception. The camera is a wee bit slow to open (>2 seconds) but far from the worst. The viewfinder offers plenty of room for composing shots despite the presence of on-screen controls and software tools to adjust the camera's behavior.

To the far right, there is a stock-looking set of software toggles for jumping to the video camera, the gallery, and a software shutter button. Next to this set of tools, there are five icons sitting in the viewfinder area. Press any of the icons, and a drop-down menu appears next to it for adjusting the cameras settings. I love the way this software works. It's so much better than having to press the hardware menu button to get at the same bunch of controls. It's easier and you don't have to leave the viewfinder to make any of the adjustments.

Press the shutter button and the Prevail snaps the image almost instantly. Rather than offer a review screen, the Prevail takes you right back to the viewfinder. Reviewing images is only possible in the gallery, though you can see a teeny thumbnail of it at the top of the screen.

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The gallery is the stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view, and you can sift through them in the chronological timeline in which they are arranged. It has a neat 3D look and feel to it.

Sadly, editing options are severely limited. Crop and rotate are all you get. You can't even apply the effects offered in the camera application after the photo has been taken. Weak. At least the sharing options are solid.

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