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Review: Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G for T-Mobile

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Camera

The Blaze doesn't introduce any new features or functions to the tried-and-true camera software from Samsung. The viewfinder window has controls running down both sides. On the left, users can switch to the front camera, set the flash, or dive into a fuller settings menu. You can also choose to set your own shortcuts in this space, which means faster access to the tools you want. On the right, you can access the camcorder and the gallery.

The full camera settings menu is extensive and lets advanced users adjust nearly every facet of the camera and picture-taking experience. Exposure, scene, metering, ISO, and more can all be tweaked. “Shooting Mode” lets you pick from smile shot, panorama, action shot, and cartoon. Scenes adjust for lighting, and can be set for dawn, candlelight, beach, snow, and so on.

The Blaze includes touch-to-focus, and will lock onto anything you want in the viewfinder. Focusing is fast, but you still have to push the actual shutter button to take a picture.

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There are two weak spots with the Blaze's camera, in my opinion. First, the camera is a bit slow to capture and store images before returning to the viewfinder. It's not terrible, but it could definitely be faster. Also, there's no physical camera button, which is an unfortunate trend on Samsung's devices.

 

Gallery

The Blaze makes use of the stock Android 2.3 photo gallery software. Images are stored in floating stacks based on date. The view of the gallery can also be switched to a more linear timeline if you so choose.

The gallery is also excellent when it comes to editing photos. It supports a wide range of tools for adjusting images after the fact (effects, color, brightness, fine-tuned selector tool, crop, rotate, etc.), and makes sharing images through MMS, email, social networks a breeze.

 
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