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Review: Huawei Prism for T-Mobile

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The Prism uses the standard Android camera interface, which is a solid performer and offers plenty of options for the budding photographer inside you. 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 80% of the display's real estate as the viewfinder. In the other 20%, there is a simple control strip that includes a camcorder toggle, shutter button, and access to the gallery.

The Prism has five small controls floating in the viewfinder to access other features. What I like is that using these controls doesn't take you away from the viewfinder. For example, press the little "1X" icon, and a pop-up menu appears allowing you to adjust the zoom level. After several seconds, it goes away with no further action required. The other options include adjusting the flash, white balance, location, and then the full settings menu.

The full settings menu can be used to adjust effects; control the ISO (camera's sensitivity); choose different metering modes; adjust color, contrast, and brightness settings; set different focusing modes, and so on.

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The camera doesn't offer touch-to-focus, and is a bit slow to capture photos. There's perhaps a 1-second delay between when you press the shutter button and the when the camera actually fires off the shot. If you're not careful, you can move the camera in that timespan and get a blurry shot as a result.



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. If you have photos stored in Google's Picasa service, they are also included in the gallery and you can sift through them with ease. The gallery does the normal things, such as slide shows and allow for photos to be shared via social networks.

As for editing, the Prism only allows for crop and rotate. That kind of stinks.


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