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Review: HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless

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Camera

The Rezound's 8-megapixel camera is solid, though the software is carried forward from other Sense devices and doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the fold. Lack of physical camera key aside, it scores well on pretty much every detail.

The lock screen camera shortcut is still one of my favorite features. You can also launch the camera from the home screen. There are convenient controls on the side of the viewfinder that let you adjust the flash and scene modes without opening the menus. These controls also let you jump to the user-facing camera, or the video camera.

You have to touch the phone's menu button to get at the camera's other controls. These let you adjust the shooting mode, exposure, and add effects. The camera natively shoots in the wide 16:9 aspect ratio. You can manually select 4:3 shooting ratio if you want to be all old-school. Since using the 4:3 mode gives you fewer pixels, you're better off sticking with 16:9. Other options include face detection, panorama, and burst shot.

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The Rezound has touch-to-focus; if you see something on the display and you want it to be in focus, press it. The camera will focus on that spot. Press the on-screen button to actually take a picture. The Rezound focuses and shoots pictures very quickly. It returns you to the shooting mode in perhaps one second.

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

 

Gallery

As with other Sense phones, the Rezound uses an HTC-made gallery. 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.

I really like the sharing tools in the Gallery. While you're browsing your photos, you'll notice some sharing icons at the bottom of the gallery for Facebook, Flickr, or Connected Media (like your HDTV), Peep, Gmail, Picasa, and so on.

Pictures can be cropped and rotated, and select effects can be applied. If you want to edit things such as exposure, you can do so only with these effects, such as Auto-enhance, Overexposed, and High Contrast. You can also add frames to photos.

 
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