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Review: BlackBerry Bold 9900

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Camera

Disappointingly, it looks as though RIM hasn't update the camera software, either.

Leaving the side convenience key set to launch the camera is the best and fastest way to get at it. It launches in perhaps a second or so. The 9900 has a 5 megapixel camera with fixed focus (what?!?) and an LED flash.

The physical button can be used to take pictures, as can a software button on the 9900's display. Some basic options can be controlled from the viewfinder without calling up a separate menu. The flash can be turned off, on or set to auto. The shooting mode can be changed, which includes a wide list of options (auto, face detection, portrait, sports, etc.). The BlackBerry key can be used to get at several other settings, such as resolution, where pictures are stored, and so on.

When you want to take a picture, the 9900 responds pretty quickly. It shoots and saves pictures in about a second, which is as good as you can expect from a phone.

 

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Gallery

Similar to the BlackBerry 6 software, the BlackBerry 7 camera software puts a thumbnail of the most recent shot in the corner of the viewfinder. This means you can see the picture you last shot. Press it, and it opens the gallery application.

The 9900's gallery app comes across as bare bones compared to some of the competition. Pictures can be viewed in a grid. From the main gallery view, pictures can be selected, moved, shared, and all that you expect.

Once you open a picture, you can zoom through the entire gallery by swiping in either direction. Editing features are limited to rotating, cropping, and zooming. Pictures can be shared via email, MMS, Bluetooth, Twitter, GoogleTalk or Facebook.

 

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