Review: Huawei M735
The M735 has a 3 megapixel camera and a dedicated camera button with which to control it. The software controls are quite easy to use. The camera application opens up in about two seconds and takes you straight to the viewfinder. You can snap off pictures right away if you wish.
When the app first opens, you'll also see a set of icons that run along the top and bottom of the display, but they disappear after about three seconds. These tools let you make adjustments to the camera's settings. Rather than open individual menus or drop downs, pressing any of the icons cycles through whatever options are in there. For example, want to change the resolution? Start pressing the resolution button and it dials down to 2MP, 1MP, .5MP, .3MP and then back to 3MP. The same behavior applies to any of these controls. These controls, unlike the rest of the camera UI, respond very slowly.
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Only the "settings" button opens an actual menu, but it is poorly thought-out. For example, the M735 is held sideways for imaging. Open the settings menu, however, and you have to rotate the M735 back to vertical orientation to make adjustments. That's just dumb.
In its favor, the M735 takes pictures very fast. It also saves images quickly. Even though it takes you to a review screen before going back into shooting mode, it happens fast enough that you're not screaming in your head at the phone to hurry up already.
The M735 doesn't capture video.
The gallery is a near utter failure. It opens and operates very slowly. It shows a list of file names with a thumbnail next to each. Extensive image libraries might take several minutes to load into this page. The M735 separates the libraries into what's stored on the phone memory and what's stored on the memory card. Press any of the images to open it.
Here's what kills me. The default viewing mode shows the image in portrait mode with tools available via on-screen buttons. Choose the "full screen" mode, and the M735 blacks out the tools and file info. Even though you've asked to see images in "full screen", they remain in portrait orientation. This is so maddening. The M735 doesn't have an accelerometer, so turning the phone sideways does nothing. If you want to see an image fill the entire screen, you have to manually rotate each image using the software tools.
It also offers no editing tools. All you can do is send the pictures off via MMS or Bluetooth, or set them as wallpaper or a contact ID.
This inexpensive, unlocked Android smartphone is smaller than its predecessor and yet better in many ways. The Blu Life One X2 Mini is a fine little phone for those who prefer or need to change networks often.
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