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Review: Samsung Epic 4G Touch

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Camera

The Epic 4G Touch uses similar camera software as found on some of Samsung's other recent devices. The viewfinder window is busy with controls running down both sides. On the left, users can switch to the front camera, select shooting mode (single, panorama, beauty, cartoon etc.), set the flash, the exposure, or dive into a fuller settings menu. On the right, you can access the camcorder and the gallery.

The main camera settings menu is extensive and lets advanced users adjust nearly every facet of the camera and picture-taking experience. Exposure, scene/setting, metering, ISO, and more can all be tweaked.

The Epic 4G Touch has touch-to-focus, and will lock onto anything you want in the viewfinder. Focusing is extremely fast, and then the image is captured immediately.

My one complaint? No physical camera button.

The camcorder software behaves in exactly the same manner as the camera.

 

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Gallery

The Epic 4G Touch makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery. Images are stored in floating stacks based on date. The view of the gallery can also be switched to a more linear timeline view. Once you dive into the gallery or photo you want, you'll find more of the same stock Android behavior.

The Epic 4G Touch is the first Samsung device I've seen to include a separate -- and powerful -- photo editor application. The application can access photos via the on-board gallery or take new ones and then be used to perform a wide range of edits.

 

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Crop, rotate, and zoom are all supported, as is the ability to make selections and copy them to a clipboard for pasting into other apps, such as Gmail. The app also lets users adjust saturation, contrast, brightness, grey-scale, and exposure. It includes effects for added creativity and plenty of options for sharing when you're all done editing.

Not only is there a photo editor app, but there is also a video editing application! This is a rare thing for an Android device. The video editing app lets you piece videos clips together with photos and/or music tracks to create one compelling product (assuming you're an awesome videographer). The app can add a limited number of themes to videos, as well. It's not Final Cut Pro or anything, but it's nice to have the option.

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