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Review: Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G for MetroPCS

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The Attain 4G runs a Samsung camera application rather than the stock tools. On the right are the standard controls. On the left, you'll see an extra control strip for adjusting the flash, exposure, switching to the user-facing camera, or accessing the full menus.

The full settings tools let you take a fair amount of control over the behavior of the Attain's camera. There are six different shooting modes (smile shot, action shot, cartoon, panorama, etc.); 14 different scene modes (sunset, sports, candlelight, etc.); as well as items such as timer, white balance, effects, and metering.

Press either the software or physical shutter button and the Attain takes about a second to focus before snapping the picture. The Attain includes touch-to-focus, but it's awkward to use. You press the subject you want to be in focus, and the camera focuses. Then you have to shoot the picture quickly by pressing either shutter button. If you're not fast enough, the focus re-adjusts back to the center of the screen. Weird.

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Rather than offer a review screen, the Attain 4G takes you right back to the viewfinder. Reviewing images is only possible in the gallery, though you can see a teeny thumbnail of your most recent picture at the top of the screen.


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. It also taps into your Picasa/Google+ accounts and will show you the photos you've published online, too.

Editing options are severely limited. Crop and rotate are all you get. Sharing options are solid, and incorporate all the social networking apps on board the Attain 4G, in addition to Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, SMS, Gmail and Bluetooth.

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