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Review: HTC Wildfire S

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The Wildfire S has a 5 megapixel camera with touch-to-focus and a flash. These three camera attributes make for a solid base when it comes to shooting your friends, family, or that crazy guy walking down the street with the thing on his head.

The camera's tools are a fairly standard lot for an HTC device. The basic viewfinder has a scroll bar on the left side of the screen for zooming in/out, and some shortcut controls on the right (access to video camera, flash, effects, and photo gallery). The full settings menu is accessed by pressing the capacitive menu key on the Wildfire S, and it offers a host of options for fine-tuning the behavior of the camera.

Press the on-screen software shutter button to capture images. The touch-to-focus worked fairly quickly, but it lagged just a wee bit. This laggard behavior was evident in other camera functions, though not all the time. If you've left a lot of apps running in the background, the camera app appears to take offense and slows down. If you don't have a lot of other programs hogging system resources, it will work just fine.

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The Wildfire S's photo gallery allows you to see images on the device broken down into folders or all together, depending on your preference. It offers access to some basic editing tools, such as crop, rotate, and effects. The effects aren't advanced, but let you perform some basic repairs when it comes to fixing exposure, contrast, etc. Sharing possibilities are nearly endless, as the Wildfire S incorporates most major social networks and photo-sharing services directly into the gallery software.

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