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Review: LG DoublePlay for T-Mobile

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Camera

All your camera work must be done on the main display, as camera features are not supported on the smaller display.

The DoublePlay has a 5 megapixel camera. 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 includes a standard, basic control strip down the side, with a still/video toggle, shutter button, and access to the gallery.

Press the screen to pull up a secondary strip of 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 DoublePlay 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 DoublePlay supports touch-to-focus.) A review screen pops up instantly. You need to tap the screen to get back to the camera.

The speed of the DoublePlay's camera is drastically better than the myTouch Q's, but it's still not the speediest camera ever. At least it's not painful to use

 

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Gallery

Unlike the camera, the photo gallery can be accessed from the smaller display. You can page through the on-board photo gallery, but not any online galleries that may be linked to the DoublePlay. You can't edit photos, but you can send them all over the place thanks to the sharing tools.

Using the small screen's menus, it is easy to pick a photo and then share it via Twitter, Gmail, Facebook, SMS, email, etc. The catch is, you have to share the photos from the photo tool, not the messaging tools in the small screen. It's kind of backwards, but it works. (Of course using these apps on the main screen has no such limitations.)

The main 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 only the most basic editing functions: crop and rotate.

 

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