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Review: LG myTouch Q for T-Mobile

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Camera

The myTouch Q has a 5 megapixel camera with some really nice features. There's no physical camera button, so you have to access it from a shortcut or the app menu. It launches in a snap. The basic shooting screen uses about 80% of the display's real estate as the viewfinder. In the right-most 20%, there is a simple control strip that includes a camcorder toggle, shutter button, and access to the gallery.

Press the screen to pull up a secondary control strip on the left side of the screen, which offers access to camera controls. For anyone who likes to control the behavior of their camera, there's a lot to like. Items such as metering, scene modes (including panorama), ISO, white balance, color effects, shooting mode and on and on are available to adjust at whim.

When you're ready to take a picture, press the on-screen shutter button. The myTouch Q takes about a second to focus, and then snaps the image. (If you want, press the subject you'd like to be the focus of the image, as the myTouch Q supports touch-to-focus.) A review screen pops up instantly. You need to tap the screen to get back to the camera.

The big problem with the myTouch Q's camera, however, is the speed. It, like almost everything else you do with the handset, is painfully slow to respond to user input. This poor little smartphone is drastically underpowered.

 

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Gallery

The gallery is the stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view, and you can sift through them in the chronological timeline in which they are arranged. It has a neat 3D look and feel to it.

Unfortunately, it supports on the most basic editing functions (crop and rotate). You can, however, easily share photos to the social network of your choice via the standard Android gallery tools.

 

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