Review: LG Connect 4G for MetroPCS
There's no physical camera button on the Connect, so you have to access the camera from a shortcut or the app menu. (What, no lock-screen shortcut, LG?) 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 with the shutter button and software toggles for swapping to the user-facing camera. Along the left, there's a control strip which offers access to items such as scene modes (portrait, landscape, sports, sunset, night), ISO, metering, shooting mode (normal, continuous, panorama), and more.
When you're ready to take a picture, press the on-screen shutter button. The Connect 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 Connect supports touch-to-focus.) The camera goes straight back to the camera app without detouring to a review screen. You can, however, add a review screen through the menu tools
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The camera software performs well across the board. It doesn't have any speed issues, and you can capture a series of shots fairly quickly.
The Connect's gallery is the boring old stock Android option. Photo albums float in stacks in the main gallery view and the Connect syncs with your online accounts such as Google+ and Picasa, so you'll see those photos, too.
Unfortunately, the Connect 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.
Hands On with the LG Connect 4G
The LG Connect 4G is designed to be a relatively affordable LTE phone for carriers like MetroPCS. While it's small in size and price, it's no slouch in features.
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