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Review: HTC myTouch 3G Slide

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As far as I can tell, the Slide is using the stock version of the Android 2.1 camera. Pressing the dedicated button for about one second will launch the camera, which then takes another 1.5 seconds or so to fully open. Not the fastest camera draw in the west, but I'll take it.

There are controls on the screen that let you control the flash and exposure levels without opening the menus. This is nice. Fast access to the flash is a must-have feature for me.

There's a tab on the left side of the screen. Press it to get at many of the camera's other controls. The controls let you adjust the shooting mode, exposure, saturation, sharpness, add effects, as well as dial down and alter the core settings. ISO (the camera's "speed") ranges from an incredible 100 to 1250.

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If you see something on the display and you want it to be in focus, tap it. The camera will focus on that spot (perhaps your friend's radiant smile). Press the optical mouse key to actually take a picture. Alternately, you can use the two-stage camera key to focus and take pictures. Either way, I found the Slide is slow to focus, and slow to take pictures. The Slide completely failed at capturing the shots I wanted during a t-ball game due to its lack of haste. It isn't for getting that great shot during any sporting event. Want to take pix of all your friends holding their fruity drinks? Go for it.

The review screen lets you send the photo off wherever you want to send it with just a few quick taps.



The Slide uses the same photo gallery software as seen on the Droid Incredible. It can be opened from either the camera or the menu, and presents pictures in either a timeline or via grid. The timeline mixes pictures and videos into one long stream of images and movies. The first picture you shot is on the far left, the most recent on the far right. The entire stream flows back and forth as you swipe your finger to and fro in a very fluid manner. It's cool; I like it. If you want to fly from one end of the spectrum to the other, it's best to resort to the grid view, which lets you see more than one or two images at a time.

There are always some software buttons along the bottom of the screen that let you access menu options, share photos, delete them or get back to the camera. As with the Incredible, there are but two editing functions. Pictures can be cropped and rotated. That's it. Users can't make any other adjustments or edits. Ah well.


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