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Review: Samsung Galaxy S II for AT&T

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Camera

The Galaxy S II uses the same camera software as found on the Epic 4G Touch and other Galaxy-branded phones from Samsung. The viewfinder window is busy with controls running down both sides. You can select the shooting mode (single, panorama, beauty, cartoon etc.), set the flash, the exposure, or dive into a fuller settings menu.

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 Galaxy S II 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. Samsung has given up on including dedicated camera buttons on its high-end devices. What reasoning lies behind this decision is baffling to me.

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

 

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Gallery

The Galaxy S II makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery software. 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 on-board Android gallery is also excellent when it comes to editing photos. It supports a wide range of tools for adjusting images after the fact, and makes sharing images through MMS, email, social networks, etc., a breeze.

The Galaxy S II also boasts a third-party photo editor application, as did the Epic 4G Touch. 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.

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.

Last, the Galaxy S II for AT&T offers a third-part video creation/editing application. The video editing app lets you piece videos clips together with photos and/or music tracks to create one masterwork. The app can add a limited number of themes to videos, as well. It isn't as feature-rich as a desktop app would be, but it covers the basics well enough.

 

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