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Review: Samsung Dart

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The Dart's camera software doesn't stray far from Samsung's typical software. It opens quickly, and offers a range of tools for managing the three-megapixel shooter.

Most of the time when shooting, the Dart's display is unobstructed save for a sliver of space on the right side reserved for the shutter button. Tap the screen gently, and a strip of controls will appear on the left side of the screen, offering quick access to many of the Dart's camera options. It offers five different shooting modes (single, smile, continuous, panorama, and add me — lets you stick yourself in images); twelve different scenes (landscape, sports, fireworks, etc.), and the ability to adjust brightness. In order to fine tune further, you have to dive into the full settings menu. Therein, you'll be able to adjust picture resolution/quality, effects, white balance, metering, and so on. It's a good set of tools for a mid-range device such as the Dart.

The Dart doesn't have a flash or autofocus. You might expect it to capture images quickly, but it doesn't. In fact, it is slower than most phones I've tested in recent months. (This is the one performance aspect with which I was disappointed.) It is not only slow to capture the image, but processing the image and sending it to the review screen (which can be turned off, if you wish) is slow, too. These both lead to a long time between shots, which means it will be easy to miss that magical moment.

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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. You can crop and rotate, but there are no other ways to adjust images after the fact. All you can do is share them with the photo-sharing service of your choice, which includes T-Mobile's online photo service.

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