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T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review

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Just like every smart assistant should, the SDA comes with a 1.3 Mega Pixels camera which is highly adjustable as far as options and settings go. A self-portrait mirror is available but there is no flashlight. You can change the settings of the camera depending on the pictures you are trying to take (auto, daylight, incandescent, fluorescent or night) which helps the lack of a flashlight. Some additional features are available as well, such as grayscale, sepia or cool color settings and even theme pictures templates.The format available for the pictures is JPEG and the resolutions are: 160x120, 320x240, 640x480 and 1280x1024.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
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The image quality is a lot worse than what we've seen from other 1.3 mega pixel cameras. Overall, we are not satisfied with the camera quality because most of the pictures outdoor in the light are purple and out of focus.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
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You can use the camera to take videos as well. The same settings apply for the videos as well as the pictures as far as color and ambience goes. The available formats are AVI, MPEG-4 and H.263. The resolutions available are: 128x96 and 176x144. The video quality was very acceptable for such camera and definitely better compared to the still shots taken with the SDA.

The SDA comes prepackaged with Windows Media Player 10 which will play your video/audio content, can be synced with the Media Player on your desktop and supports Microsoft's DRM (Digital Rights Management) for any purchased content. The player can be invoked by pressing any of the dedicated music keys. The supported audio formats are: MP3, AAC and AMR and the supported video formats are: MPEG4 and 3GPP. You can load playlists as well, shuffle or loop and play music in the backgrounds with the screen turned off. If a phone conversations starts, the music is paused automatically and then resumed when the call ends.

T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
T-Mobile SDA (HTC Tornado) review
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HTC Tornado

HTC Tornado

OS: Windows Mobile Standard 5.0
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Display240 x 320 pixels TFT
Camera1.3 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP850, Single core, 200 MHz
64 MB RAM
Size4.23 x 1.81 x 0.69 inches
(107.5 x 46 x 17.5 mm)
3.74 oz  (106 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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