Sorry for being a pessimist here, but we are talking about Google. Does this mean:1. This product is no longer a priority and won't see further development?2. Will we start seeing tons of Google ads in the product?
This is the best camera phone I have ever used but there are some strangely missing features. For example:
- Spot metering: Yes you can touch the screen to focus on a particular area (no need to half press a button), but it doesn't meter on that spot. This is a regression from other windows Phones I have used in the past.
- No way to preset contrast & saturation. This was available in other older Windows Phones.
- There are all kinds of pano &HDR apps, Why aren't these part of the OS. Nokia does integrate into the "lenses" feature which is a compromise.
-------Couple of nits on the review:- A long button press is only needed when the phone is off to activate the camera- A short button press will suffice when the screen is on- I didn't see any mention of the proximity sensor that will prevent camera launch when it is in your pocket- You can also use this phone with gloves on which is useful when shooting outside. You can even touch the screen to focus and shoot with gloves.
I have one. More than pleased with my decision to jump ship. Thrilled in fact. IT is an EXCELLENT phone. The down side, to me, is the camera that everyone raves about. If they would just add spot metering, the world would be much better. I've seen other windows phones with spot metering so why doesn't this one? Grrrr!
KevinFultonPhotography: Why do people keep reporting that Snapseed is a competitor to Instagram? Snapseed is a standalone photo editor like iPhoto or Filterstorm, and not a social network that happens to have photo filters.
Google could easily create a snapseed social component to G+ in the model of instagram. Facebook owns instagram so Google thinks they need something similar. G+ is withering on the vine, they need something to give it a shot in the arm.
magneto shot: one day, google apple and microsoft will merge. The renamed organization will be called "Umbrella". Since Bill Gates has a lot of exposure in bio stuffs, the management would decide that Bio tech is the way to go. 5 years later, we have our first zombie apocalypse.
to be nit picky (since I'm a huge geek) Bill Gates is not in the tech biz any more.
The backlash has been brutal. As a Nik's customer, I am not happy either. The comments on Nik's news page have been ugly.