Review: HTC Vivid for AT&T
The Vivid has a 8-megapixel camera with touch-to-focus and a flash. These three camera attributes make for a solid base when it comes to shooting your friends, family, or that funky monkey at the zoo.
The camera's tools are a fairly standard lot for an HTC device. The basic viewfinder has a scroll bar on the left side of the screen for zooming in/out, and some shortcut controls on the right (access to video camera, flash, effects, and photo gallery). The full settings menu is accessed by pressing the capacitive menu key on the Vivid, and it offers a host of options for fine-tuning the behavior of the camera.
Press the on-screen software shutter button to capture images. The touch-to-focus worked fairly quickly. I didn't have any problems with the speed or performance of the Vivid, which was fast to focus, fast to shoot, and fast to save images.
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Bummer, however, that there's no physical camera button.
The Vivid's photo gallery allows you to see images on the device broken down into folders or all together, depending on your preference. It offers access to some basic editing tools, such as crop, rotate, and effects. The effects aren't advanced, but let you perform some basic repairs when it comes to fixing exposure, contrast, etc. Sharing possibilities are nearly endless, as the Vivid incorporates most major social networks and photo-sharing services directly into the gallery software.
Hands-On: HTC Vivid for AT&T
Following the Samsung Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid is the other leading Long Term Evolution 4G smartphone for AT&T's burgeoning high-speed network. Here's a first look.
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