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printed October 23, 2014
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Review: Kyocera Milano for Sprint

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Camera

The Milano's camera software is a slight variation of the stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread camera. The camera rates 3 megapixels and includes auto-focus, but no flash. It opens easily when the dedicated camera button is pressed and held. It takes a few seconds to open.

On the left side of the viewfinder, you'll notice four gray icons floating near the edge. Press any of these icons, and a menu bubble pops up so you can access the controls. The top-most bubble accesses all the Milano's camera settings. You can adjust the focus mode, scene mode, resolution, picture quality, color effects, and exposure. The other three offer simpler menus with just a few selections: For example, turning location on/off or setting the white balance quickly.

Pressing either the physical button or the on-screen button will cause the Milano to focus and then shoot the picture. There's no touch to focus; it focuses on whatever is in the center box. The Milano is the slowest camera I've tested in probably a year. It takes several seconds to focus, and another several seconds to take the shot and save it. You're not going to score any action shots with this camera. Forget about catching your kid's first steps; grab a real camera for that.

 

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Gallery

The Milano uses the stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread gallery. Photo albums (both those resident on the Milano and synced to your Google or Picasa account) float in stacks across the screen and are segregated by date. Albums are laid out in grid form once you care to dive into them.

Editing tools are kept to the bare minimum (crop, rotate) and sharing options depend on what services are installed, such as Facebook or Flickr.

It’s a usable gallery application, but doesn't offer any special tools or features.

 

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