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Tuesday Poll: Front Facing Cameras, Anyone Actually Use Them?

What happened to everyone saying that a front facing camera was a necessity when purchasing a smartphone? With the delay on Skype, lack of front facing cameras on many new and upcoming devices, are they still such a big deal? Sure they’re cute from time to time, but are they really needed? You be the judge.

Feel free to let us know what your favorite video chatting apps are, too.

Do you use your front camera?

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  • J_Chorzempa_Jr

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!Yes! Yes! Yes!
       And not just a pissy-ant 1.5 meg or 3. meg. We’ve needed them to watch out children, for classes, conferences when were working on our cars, or watching out our window at our bird feeder, for interviewing potential employees, posted live casting interviews, and thousands of other chores. I’ve spent hundreds of hours trying to contact any designers, CEO’s, and production engineers for all the major commercial and non-commercial manufacturers and all the “so called” custom Laptop manufacturers from Lenovo to Falcon Northwest. They put plenty of salesmen between themselves and their customers.
        Only Sony ten years ago with their Picture Book had a “Half-sense” understanding of the functions of society  and produced the first sub compact, now an icon. a quote “netbook”, utilizing a rotating camera.
        If Verizon can put 8 meg cameras facing forward, “Away” and 3 meg to record our mugs in a cell phone, why in Gods name does it take anyone who has any intelligence or common sense, or better yet a decent business sense to understand the usefulness and marketability of laptops with camera’s, [possessing decent quality camera’s], facing both towards and away from us.
        “How many decades old is Split Screen Television? And why can’t we catch a video conference call and record our baby’s activity in the playpen in front of us, or right notes of questions for a conference speaker while watching and or recording what he is saying that we paid so dearly for, or watch and record a manual technical chore of a trainee while we produce our inventory stock order for next week?

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  • Minroolz4

    asians use frnt facing cams all the time… just saying….

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  • Mrwildman1

    “The application camera (process.comandroid.camera) has stopped unexpetedly, please try again.  how about, it wont work, but if it did, I would use it.

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  • Daddy_Bird

    I use Qik quite a bit on my Atrix to talk to my wife and kids while I’m on the go.  If you get a good signal and are in a well-lit room the video looks decent.

  • BillyBOB

    I just want a phone without blur or a skin on it. I will not get another phone until Verizon gets a phone similar to the nexus s! I would leave Verizon but there are no other carriers out by me so for now I am stuck with a phone that I don’t really enjoy. I feel like Verizon is controlling me the customer and that’s BuLL SHIT!

  • Rain_king46

    I still have a year on my DX, but I feel that the Android phones need to keep up with the important Apple feature offerings. Front facing camera and higher quality screens are important to show the Appletards that Apple isnt doing anything all that special. 

    • Rain_king46

      Plus just because the technology is still shaky today doesnt mean it will be tomorrow. If Google adds video to the mobile g-talk that could change the game overnight.  

  • theBlob

    My biggest gripe about front facing cameras is the lack of a light, if you’re in a semi-dark room you look like a dark blob on the far end of the call.

  • Everyone cries to have one and why x phone does not have one yet no one uses one anyway. LOL

    I have one, used it once by accident.

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  • Anonymous

    Still waiting for skype, front facing cameras on any phone aren’t that great right now cuz they’re only 1.3 megapixels…

  • Anonymous

    I use video chat in Google Talk all the time on my laptop. If I had a front facing camera (and other people I chat with also had them) I would use it all the time. It would probably replace voice calls for those people for me.

  • Granted

    I use one on my iPod Touch to take pictures. I also attempted to use it for talking to my business partner in Japan but skype would never work and I couldn’t find Google video chat top use on it. Which is what I use on my laptop and my imac all the time. So it would be truly awesome to have one on my smart phone that could utilize Gchat, and I look forward to getting a new phone that can. But actually….- according to the Verizon in store rep that sold me my Droid X, I already have a front facing camera. No embellishment what so ever, he assured me multiple times when I purchased the phone that “yeah look on the right side there on the top where those black bars are, that’s where your camera is” “you sure? Everything I’ve read and seen says there is no front facing camera on the Droid X” “no don’t listen to the internet, it has one just like this phone does (referring to my original Droid at the time)”.

    I think they hire people born without eyes and get some googlely eyes and staple them into their employees heads and make them touch everything and walk the their store, and get them to rehearse company lines. They do this so they appear to be knowledgeable about the products they are selling. And I was behind my local store smoking a cigarette and I heard this weird noise near the dumpster.. and I opened the lid and their were like three eyeless humans writhing around screaming “help me! I remember my lines! I’m not obsolete! Verizon has the best coverage! How can I help you today! Don’t listen to them I work here I would know!” And it was creepy, they had “VOID” and “MALFUNCTIONED” stamped onto their head. I felt bad for them a little, and I was going to call the police, but a rep stuck his head out the back door and said “hey that new phone you’re looking at just got updated with a molecular transporter, and only Verizon has that feature!”… so I went back inside.

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  • Anonymous

    My DI2 is still on Froyo and skype has no video support. So what is the point?

  • Anonymous

    Whats retarded is that there’s no program that will work to let me with my Xoom talk to my buddy with his Charge with the FFC’s.  Skype isn’t there. Tango and Fring both don’t work and gTalk wont work until the Charge gets Gingerbread – which since its a Samsung crap phone – wont be until next year.

  • Cadillachanley

    I have a front cam and would use it if the people I knew had front cans so if everyone had them I think they would be used much more

  • I did one time with my buddy. It turned out to be super awkward. Only real use I have found is a personal mirror.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to have one as I have only seen my family 3 times in the last 4 years due to distance. They would then be able to see my kids live constantly. It will be great.

  • If the damn skype video app would be available, I’d use it all the time!

  • Indra Kusuma

    The main purpose of the front facing camera is for video calling. But I don’t think people use it much. For me, it’s useless as 3G networks here is damn slow. I don’t have it, and don’t want one!

  • Anonymous

    I think I use mine as a mirror more than anything.

  • Fg2srt4

    I’m still rockin og droid and I want one for a phone. I have the gtablet running the alpha honeycomb build where the camera is broken (lack of drivers). But if I had a front camera, or working one I would definitely use it.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t have one the DX.. have one obviously on my i*hone4, NEVER use it for chat, did it once like most people when I got it to see if it worked, surprise it did… since then on occasion use it as a mirror 😉  but nothing my DX’s blank screen couldn’t do

    however, if any of you guys have careers requiring online meetings such as livemeeting.. check out Adobe Connect.. I’m in I.T. and we are implementing Adobe Connect, it is absolutely amazing as a livemeeting replacement, and unlike livemeeting you can connect to meetings using your phone, and your FFC streams your image to the rest of the meeting attendees, and it is iOS AND android compatible.. simply awesome (works over 3g no issue)

  • Andrew92090

    I can video chat on skype from my Thunderbolt. I just downloaded it from : http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/04/11/download-skype-with-video-chat-for-the-htc-thunderbolt/

  • I would use it constantly to communicate with my beautiful wife and baby if the audio on tango when doing thunderbolt to thunderbolt chat wasnt screwed. I bought 2 TB just to do video chat and it doesnt work… WTF

    • Daddy_Bird

      Could use qik, works fine for me on my Atrix.  

  • There should’ve been a “I don’t give a %#@&” option for the poll.