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Review: Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T

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Camera

The Captivate Glide uses the same camera software as found on other Galaxy-branded phones from Samsung. The viewfinder window is busy with controls running down both sides. On the left, users can switch to the front camera, set the flash, or dive into a fuller settings menu. On the right, you can access the camcorder and the gallery.

The main camera settings menu is extensive and lets advanced users adjust nearly every facet of the camera and picture-taking experience. Exposure, scene/setting, metering, ISO, and more can all be tweaked. Shooting modes include single shot, smile shot, panorama, and action shot. Scene modes include portrait, landscape, night, sports, party, beach/snow, sunset, and more.

The Captivate Glide has touch-to-focus, and will lock onto anything you want in the viewfinder. Focusing is extremely fast, and then the image is captured immediately.

The lack of a physical camera button is my only complaint, but is mitigated slightly by the fact that you can use the "OK" button on the keyboard to fire off the shutter.

 

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Gallery

The Captivate Glide makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery software. Images are stored in floating stacks based on date. The view of the gallery can also be switched to a more linear timeline view. Once you dive into the gallery or photo you want, you'll find more of the same stock Android behavior.

The on-board Android gallery is OK when it comes to editing photos, but not great. It supports the simplest tools for adjusting images after the fact (crop, rotate, rename, and so on). The gallery software makes sharing images through MMS, email, social networks, etc., a breeze with simple drop-down menus.

The Captivate Glide does not include the excellent third-party photo and video editing applications that are found on the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

 

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