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Review: LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless

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Camera

The Spectrum has an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash. There's no physical camera button, so you have to access the camera from a shortcut or the app menu. It launches in a snap.

The basic shooting screen uses about two-thirds of the display as the viewfinder. On the right, there’s a standard control strip. Along the left, there’s a control strip which offers access to items such as scene modes (panorama, etc.), ISO, metering, white balance, shooting mode, and more.

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

The camera software performs well across the board. It doesn't have any speed issues, and even though you have to tap a button to get from the review screen back to the viewfinder, you can capture a series of shots fairly quickly.

 

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Gallery

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

Unfortunately, the Spectrum includes only the most basic editing functions (crop and rotate). There are no other editing tools, nor is there any third-party software for editing photos pre-installed. You have to download one yourself if you're interested in making changes to images.

You can, however, easily share photos to the social network of your choice via the standard Android gallery tools.

 

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