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Review: HTC Freestyle

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The Freestyle's camera software is simple and straight-forward. It borrows heavily from Android. Pressing the dedicated camera button launches the camera in about two seconds. There are only two software controls visible on the screen. One switches the camera between still and video camera modes, and the other opens the photo gallery. In order to adjust the bulk of the camera's settings, you have to press the menu button on the phone. The camera menu lets you make a wide range of adjustments to the camera, including resolution, quality, metering, white balance, effects and so on.

There is no auto-focus, so when you press the shutter button, it captures the image almost immediately. It then takes you to a review screen for a few seconds, and eventually back to camera itself.

The behavior, look and feel of the camera application and its settings is nearly identical to what you see on Android phones.

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The Freestyle's gallery is a simple affair. It can be set to list or grid views, and lets photos be attached to contacts, set as the wallpaper, or shared. Sharing options include Facebook, MMS, or Twitter. You can't email images. There are no editing features at all. You can't even crop or rotate images. You can, however, set up slide shows.


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