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Review: HTC Sensation 4G

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Camera

The Sensation 4G's 8 megapixel camera is fairly solid, and the software is mostly carried forward from other Sense devices. Lack of physical camera key aside, it scores well on pretty much every other detail.

Once you find the camera app, it launches in about 1 second. There are controls on the right side of the screen that let you adjust the flash and effects without opening the menus. This is nice. Fast access to the flash is a must-have feature for me.

 

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You have to toggle the Sensation 4G's menu button to get at many of the camera's other controls. These let you adjust the shooting mode, exposure, saturation, sharpness, and add effects. The camera natively shoots in the very wide 16:9 aspect ratio (previous HTC Sense devices shot in the slightly-less-wide 5:3 ratio). Other options include geo-tagging, face detection, and an on/off switch for auto-focus.

The Sensation 4G has touch-to-focus; if you see something on the display and you want it to be in focus, press it. The camera will focus on that spot. Press the shutter button on the screen to actually take a picture. The Sensation 4G focuses and shoots pictures very quickly. The review screen lets you send the photo off wherever you want with just a few quick taps.

Gallery

As with other Sense phones, the Sensation 4G uses HTC's gallery software. It can be opened from either the camera or the menu, and presents pictures in either a timeline or via grid. The timeline mixes pictures and videos into one long stream of images and movies. The entire stream flows back and forth in a fluid manner as you swipe your finger to and fro.

I really like the sharing tools in the Gallery. While you're browsing your photos, you'll notice some sharing icons at the bottom of the gallery for Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, or Connected Media (like your HDTV).

Pictures can be cropped and rotated, and select effects can be applied. The effects include typical options such as black and white, vintage, antique and so on. If you want to edit things such as exposure, you can do so only with these effects, such as Auto-enhance, Overexposed, and High Contrast.

 

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