Review: Pantech Breakout for Verizon Wireless
The Pantech Breakout's camera software is straightforward and easy to master. The basic viewfinder offers controls on the screen for the front camera, shutter button, and video camera. Tap the screen anywhere, and another set of controls appears on the other side. These let you adjust the level of zoom, brightness, timer, and shooting mode (single shot, multi-shot, division shot, and instant shot). Only when this secondary set of controls is visible can you access the full settings menu via a software button in the lower-right corner.
The full settings menu allows users to choose from 11 different scene modes (normal, portrait, landscape, etc.), and alter other functions such as image stabilization. These menus all have a plain look and they don't require a lot of digging to use. This makes them a snap to interact with.
The Breakout's camera has one major failing, however: It is fatally slow.
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The camera application is opened with the least fuss if you press and hold the camera button. It takes about two seconds to fire up. When you're ready to take the shot, press the physical shutter button or the software shutter button. Either way, the camera takes about three seconds to focus, and then another two or three seconds to take the image and save it to the gallery. It is slow enough that you are definitely going to miss "the moment", especially if you have a moving subject (such as your kid).
The gallery application is the stock Android tool, which merges the albums on the device itself with those in your Picasa/Google account. Albums are stacked in groups, and can be viewed in a timeline or in a grid.
Photos are easy to access, and setting up slide shows or sharing photos to Facebook, email, MMS, and so on is no problem at all. Editing functions are limited to crop and rotate.
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