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Review: LG Nitro HD for AT&T

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Camera

The Nitro HD has an 8-megapixel camera that shares most features with other LG Android phones that we've recently reviewed.

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 70% of the display's real estate as the viewfinder. On the right, there’s a simple control strip that includes a camcorder toggle, shutter button, and access to the gallery. Along the left 10% there’s a secondary control strip, which offers access to camera controls. Items such as metering, scene modes (panorama, etc.), ISO, white balance, color effects, shooting mode and more can be adjusted.

When you're ready to take a picture, press the on-screen shutter button. The Nitro HD 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 Nitro HD supports touch-to-focus.) A review screen pops up instantly. You need to tap the screen to get back to the camera.

As far as performance goes, the Nitro HD responded well to the camera controls. Changing the settings is a snap, and the lag issue wasn't a problem when changing the resolution or setting the white balance. But the time it takes the Nitro HD to focus, capture, and save images takes much longer than it should.

 

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Gallery

The gallery is the stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view and the Nitro HD syncs with your online accounts such as Google+ and Picasa, so you'll see those photos, too.

Unfortunately, the Nitro HD includes only 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.

The gallery is one app that displays noticeable lag. It is probably the slowest app on the device when it comes to performance.

 

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