Mercury rising

Cricket's Huawei Mercury is easily the no-contract carrier's most advanced handset offering in terms of specs, and a lot of that rests on the Android Gingerbread smartphone's 8-megapixel camera.
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Thin profile, glossy black

The handset itself is pretty nice to have and to hold, all things considered. It's got a 4-inch display and a lean body, though the glossy black plastic surface is a haven for fingerprints.
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Camera shots

And now, the usual disclaimer that all photos have been taken with automatic settings. They'll all been resized, but are otherwise untouched. Now you may enjoy the detail and color of this winter leaf.
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Shade test

In the following outdoor shots, the Mercury picked up accurate color and good details.
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Backlit sunshine

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Direct sunlight

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Indoors

In this indoor shot, things change. The photo is blurrier, with far less focus and detail.
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Studio shot

This shot was taken under controlled lighting in our indoor studio. Other 8-megapixel cameras reproduce the scene with crisper lines.
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