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More often than not, Digital. Consider: How in the world would the motor for moving a lens fit in a phone case? For that matter, where would the find the room to have variable focal length? Would the manufacturers really put such a battery-drainer in the unit? How much more expensive would it be, too? Should somebody actually come up with a phone with ...


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Al Everett has suggested that "no Android camera has [optical zoom]", but the 14-Megapixel Altek Leo Android seems to have 3x optical zoom "(not digital like other cellphones)." The Altek Leo won't be available until at least 2011, though.


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The best way to tell if it is digital or optical: Do the pixels look blown up (and therefore blurry)?


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There is no mention of physical zoom on the HTC Dream specification page. (To my knowledge no Android camera has that.)


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The focus function is achieved by moving the lens back or forth so it is actually a mechanical thing. You can try it yourself. Download ZXings Barcode Scanner and fire it up. You'll hear a click every time it tries to refocus you can also see the lens moving back and forth.


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I believe this feature is called text reflow and is not an actual a feature of Android but more of HTC. The HTC browser reflows the text as you zoom in. This can get very annoying especially because after reflowing it can move your focus area to the closesr text not what you were zooming into. My personal pick for an alternative browser is Dolphin Browser™ ...


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You can only zoom without multitouch in Reflow Text mode, sadly. Menu -> View Mode -> Reflow Text and then hit the T+ button that pops up when you tap the screen.


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ezPDF has an option to remove this overlay: Bring up the popupmenu, tick Settings. In the Link section there is a checkbox marked "Indicate Link". Uncheck and the Ln overlay is gone. Version 1.9.5.3


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Purchase a mouse which supports multitouch gestures (using which you zoom in or out). e.g. PadKite If you don't want to purchase anything, just go to Dolphin's Settings, tap Lab and turn ON pinch-Zoom Button. Then, you'll find +/- clickable buttons to zoom in or out.


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If your Android version is 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or greater, you can find magnification gestures under your system settings. Go to Settings Accessibility Magnification Gestures Info: Magnification Gestures Usage


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There is no timer built in, but you can crop images in the standard gallery app which is essentially the same as digital zoom. There are a number of apps which list timer functionality (I haven't tried them myself so can't verify first hand how well they work): Vignette Camera ZOOM FX ~ also lists zoom and "clap to snap" features Camera Self-Timer Camera ...


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You can definitely zoom. I don't believe there's a timer, but an app like PRO Zoom Camera 5x should work for that (note, it doesn't say whether it works for the NS). Additionally, you could use an app like Tasker to time the shot; its website mentions that specifically.


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It looks like you can't turn off this feature. Just as an "other-side-of-the-coin" perspective, I find that the reformatting does what I want and expect nearly all of the time, in that when I finish zooming, the text I'm looking at fills the screen at the size I've zoomed to. Your options seem limited, then, to: Trying one of the other browsers available ...


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Um there is a way to tell if the phone has a optical lense... Actually 2 ways. When zooming in, is there a motor sound coming from the phone? When zooming in, does the camera lens look different (duh, it zoomed so it should look different when looking directly into the camera). 99% chance that the answer is NO.


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The dev version of the APV PDF Viewer (apv-0.3.3dev01) can do exactly what you want.


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Try VuDroid. It's Free Software. (I have issues with it on my PD Novel as it seems to not like resistive screens, but it's fine on my phone.) Another option is DroidReader which I have not tried.


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I really find APV PDF Viewer much better than all the famous readers. On top of that, it's Open Source (Google code project page).


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In EZpdf, the "Ln" means there is a link on the page, and the "Sf" means you have horizontal scrolling locked (I have no idea what the f actually stands for). Those overlays annoy me too, so I am going to decompile the apk and remove that text. That should solve the problem!



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