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Review: Kyocera DuraMax for Sprint

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Camera

The DuraMax has a 3.2 megapixel camera. It doesn't have auto-focus, but it does have a flash. Press the dedicated camera key once quickly to open a short list of camera-related options, or press it twice quickly to open the camera itself. The camera launches quickly (~1 to 2 seconds), and it takes a second or so to shoot and process an image. It's certainly not bad in the speed department.

You can adjust all of the exposure controls you'd expect with a phone, such as brightness, contrast, color, and so on. I'd guess most users won't bother with these controls, however. There are some fun frames, some image tools, such as making photos black and white or sepia tone. The camera software is pretty basic.

The camcorder software behaves in exactly the same way.

 

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Gallery

The gallery app is pretty good, all things considered. The phone separates galleries between what's on the phone itself and what's on the microSD card. The gallery shows a simple grid of thumbnails. The d-pad lets you add a "check" to whatever image is highlighted. This lets you perform edits and/or other actions en masse if you wish. You have to press the left soft key to expand/open the picture.

The editing features include the ability to add text captions, which I think is cool, as well as add special effects, re-size, or crop the photo.

But there are no social networking services built into the DuraMax at all, and you can't even send images via Picture Mail from the Gallery app. You have to go to the messaging app for that.

 

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