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HTC J Review


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Photography is one of the stronger points of the HTC J. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with a single LED flash. HTC incorporates a dedicated ImageChip that speeds up everything camera-related. It takes less than a second from starting the camera app to capturing an image. Sense comes with a plethora of options for image enthusiasts. It does feature HDR mode to get best dynamic range with contrasting objects (and it yields very good results) and a burst shot mode that captures as many as 99 consecutive images in an instant when you hold the camera trigger. Overall, Sense is simply a great interface for the camera and the image gallery. It is optimized to run perfectly smooth, and it adds some neat animations. You also get basic image editing options and even effects (aka filters) so you don’t need to dig into Instagram and other apps, all is done on board.

The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review
The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review
The camera interface of the HTC J - HTC J Review

The Gallery app - HTC J Review
The Gallery app - HTC J Review

Actual image quality is good with plentiful detail, wide dynamic range and spot-on white balance. Colors are pumped up to look more vivid than they are in real life, but nothing over the top

HTC J Sample photos:


The snapper captures videos of up 1080p at around 30 frames per second. We say around as frame rate varies according to the scene and indoors it goes down to 23 fps. What’s more interesting is the fact that you have both continuous auto-focus and manual tap to focus while shooting video which means that you can refocus on the go as you want, a feature that is not on that many phones. You can also capture still images while recording video. 

HTC J Outdoor Sample Video:

HTC J Indoor Sample Video:

Additionally, Sense brings slow motion video capture. Quality is far from ideal, but we just love having this option - was it for a prank, a stunt, or whatever it is, pretty much everything starts to looks a billion times more interesting seen in slow motion.

Up front, there is a 1.3-megapixel front camera that is actually better than the snapper on the One S. Still, its main purpose is video chat and nothing more.

HTC J Slow Motion Sample Video:


The S4 chip powering the device and the vivid colors on the 4.3-inch screen, make for a great media experience. The device easily chews through all sorts of videos including DivX/XviD files and plays them back without a stutter. 

The video player app comes with the option to change screen brightness, take screenshots, lock the keys and even display subtitles. A basic video editor where you could trim videos is also there. 

On the audio side of things playback is crisp and clean via the rear speaker, but lacks a bit in volume. HTC brings this device with Beats Audio, and this means that when you plug in headphones, you can get an extra bass pump. Of course, you’d need better headphones than the earplugs HTC includes in the box.

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OS: Android 4.0
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi)
Camera8 megapixels
Dual-core, 1500 MHz
Size5.18 x 2.60 x 0.37 inches
(131.5 x 66 x 9.5 mm)
4.83 oz  (137 g)

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