Review: HTC Rhyme for Verizon Wireless
The Rhyme's 5-megapixel camera is fairly solid, and the software is carried forward from other Sense devices. Lack of physical camera key aside, it scores well on pretty much every other detail.
The lock screen camera shortcut is a blessing. You can also launch the camera from the home screen. There are controls on the right side of the camera's viewfinder that lets you adjust the flash and effects without opening the menus. This is nice. Fast access to the flash on/off is a must-have feature for me.
The main settings can be reached from a software button in the bottom right corner of the screen. From here, you can adjust the shooting mode, exposure, saturation, sharpness, and add effects. ISO (the camera's "film speed") ranges from 100 to 800. The camera natively shoots in a wide 5:3 aspect ratio. You have to change it to 4:3 to get the full megapixel count. Other options include geo-tagging, face detection, and an on/off switch for auto-focus.
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The Rhyme has touch-to-focus; if you see something on the display and you want it to be in focus, press it. The camera will focus on that spot. Press the shutter button on the screen to actually take a picture. The Rhyme focuses and shoots pictures quickly. The review screen lets you send the photo off wherever you want to send it with just a few quick taps.
As with other Sense phones, the Rhyme uses an HTC-made gallery. It can be opened from either the camera or the menu, and presents pictures in either a timeline or via grid. The timeline mixes pictures and videos into one long stream of images and movies.
I really like the sharing tools in the Gallery. While you're browsing your photos, you'll notice some sharing icons at the bottom of the gallery for Facebook, Flickr, or Connected Media (like your HDTV), Peep, Gmail, Picasa, and so on.
Pictures can be cropped and rotated, and select effects can be applied. If you want to edit things such as exposure, you can do so only with these effects, such as Auto-enhance, Overexposed, and High Contrast. You can also add frames to photos.
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