Android Camera Shootout: 13 Phones Put to the Test

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Overall Still-Image Quality Results

Model NameCarrierScoreSensor*
T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide T-Mobile 82 8
HTC Sensation 4G T-Mobile 78.3 8
Motorola Droid X2 Verizon 78.3 8
HTC ThunderBolt Verizon 78.1 8
Motorola Photon 4G Sprint 76.1 8
LG Revolution Verizon 74.6 5
Motorola XPRT Sprint 74.5 5
HTC Inspire 4G AT&T 72.8 8
LG G2X T-Mobile 72.5 8
Motorola Droid 3 Verizon 70.7 8
Motorola Triumph Virgin 69.9 5
LG Optimus 3D AT&T/Intl 69.3 5
HTC EVO 3D Sprint 67.1 5

*Sensors measured in megapixels

As you can see in our chart, the HTC-made T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide is the clear winner for the best still images, with an overall image-quality score of 82 (out of 100). Following the Slide are the HTC Sensation and the Motorola Droid X2. Oddly, the lowest-ranking phone is another HTC model, the EVO 3D.

The MyTouch 4G Slide did quite well across the board, receiving the highest overall scores for exposure, color, sharpness, and lack of distortion. Its lowest score, 74, was in the distortion test; the scores in that test, however, were fairly low for all of the phones we tried. It wasn’t exactly a close finish between the 4G Slide and the second- and third-place phones, either: The 4G Slide scored significantly higher in all categories, even in lack of distortion.

The MyTouch 4G Slide is marketed primarily as a camera-centric phone, so it is satisfying to see that the test data backs up T-Mobile and HTC’s claims. In our hands-on tests, the MyTouch 4G Slide wowed us with its multiple shooting modes and settings, its powerful flash, and its fast-reacting shutter. The 4G Slide’s camera has a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, which is a type of low-light-optimized sensor that’s being used in more and more point-and-shoot cameras these days, and it really does work well for dim situations without a flash. The 4G Slide's F2.2 lens has a wider aperture than those in many recent cameras, which also translates to better low-light shooting without a flash.

Motorola Photon 4G
Motorola Photon 4G
In our hands-on tests of Motorola phones, we’ve criticized images taken outside and inside for having a slight bluish tint, which is usually the sign of an automated white-balance issue. The bad news is that our tests pretty much confirmed this problem: The XPRT, Droid 3, and Triumph all received low scores for color accuracy in our still-life test shots. The good news is that the X2 and the Photon scored quite well. The Photon is the most recent phone we’ve reviewed from Motorola, so perhaps the company is working to improve this aspect of its phone cameras. Disagree with us? Check out our gallery of test images.

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