Review: Motorola E815
As stated earlier, there are not one, but two keys dedicated to activating the camera. The side button requires a longer press than the button on the keypad before it launches the application. Thus it feels like the keypad button launches into the viewfinder quicker. Once the key is pressed, the application takes just under two seconds to launch.
The camera lens is very close to the hinge, but because of the size and shape of the phone, your hand rarely blocks the lens. The phone is balanced well enough to take pictures one-handed, and doesn't require you to change your normal grip on the phone to do so. The sensor and viewfinder are oriented in landscape format. Capturing a portrait format picture is best done two-handed.
The automatic brightness and contrast adjustment built into the phone shows improvement over previous Motorolas we've tested. It still handles low-light situations with ease (especially with the addition of a very bright LED flash), but now captures bright daylight scenes better. Unfortunately colors and detail still bleed out under extremely bright conditions.
Advertisements article continues below...
Although the e815 forces the user through Motorola's 3 step process to save a picture and then return to the viewfinder, it at least saves the image in less than two seconds, speeding up this arduous process. Once a picture is captured, which takes a little over a second, you need to confirm you want to store the picture and then choose what to do with the stored picture. This is when the 2 second save occurs. Exiting the application or doing anything else other than continuing with this process before being the picture is saved deletes the picture.
The e815 has a surprisingly smooth video recorder. We were able to take impressive clips of a bicycle race cruising through San Francisco at a rather quick pace. The video record application is fairly simple to use. It has 3 record lengths: 10 seconds, 30 seconds, and the maximum time that can be recorded in free memory. There are no options to adjust size or quality.
The gallery application still devotes about a third of the screen to a large menu and status bar. There is no option to view a picture full screen. Nor is there an option to zoom in on a picture beyond a size that fits in the screen. This would be especially useful for checking sharpness and detail of pictures, which in our experience was sub-par for a 1.3 Megapixel cameraphone. The "original size" option - which normally displays photos at full resolution on Motorola phones - strangely works the same as "fit to screen" on the e815.
Pictures can be sent by MMS, uploaded to PixPlace or even transferred to and from the TransFlash card. They cannot be transferred to another device over Bluetooth.
Live reports from the 2005 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Hot new phones from LG, Samsung, Motorola, Audiovox, and more!
Mar 10, 2021
Asus today announced the ROG Phone 5, its newest flagship gaming phone, following the ROG Phone 3. The ROG Phone 5 brings the ROG Phone series up to date for 2021 with a Snapdragon 888 chip, Android 11, and 65-watt fast charging for its huge 6,000 mAh battery.
Oct 26, 2020
OnePlus today announced two new models in its Nord series of affordable phones. The new OnePlus Plus Nord N10 5G and Nord N100 will be the first Nord-series phones to be offered in North America.
Jun 16, 2020
The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) has updated its TrainTime app with real-time visualizations of how crowded each car is on each train, as well as real-time train locations updated every three seconds. Commuters in New York City can use the app to position themselves on the platform so they'll board a less-crowded car when their train arrives, helping riders practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jul 22, 2020
Asus has unveiled its third generation ultra-premium gaming phone: the ROG Phone 3. The phone starts with flagship-level specs and pushes even further in every area related to gaming, including battery, display, sound, and accessories.