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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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  • Anonymous

    I’ve never used mine.

  • Anonymous

    I use mine for Skype a couple of times a week. I’m not looking forward to the MR2 update killing it. For christ sake Verizon and Skype just need to release the damn thing.

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    Special occasions = video sex.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just video calling. We’ll see apps we haven’t thought of yet…

  • http://www.facebook.com/objection89 Miguel Angel Portela

    Never. Its good in a way because it trivializes a feature when considering a new phone. When Droid X3 is released, I’ll probably have a use for it then. Considering Skype enables video of course. Its a bit of a hassle to get friends to join some other service when they’re already a universally accepted service like Skype.

  • Pat Morton

    maybe if skype added video calling to the android version or if verizon or some other big company released more apps that use the front camera the “Yes, all the time” option would go from 7 % to 70% (or higher) really quickly. I chose yes all the time since i downloaded the skype with video apk online for my android phone but would still like the official version

  • Don4Tech

    Well, not all the time but pretty often, mostly with Tango but sometimes using Qik and fring. This G2x works with all those. More of my contacts use Tango, do that’s my first choice.

  • Anonymous

    Mostly just for fb or texting. I don’t know about video because I don’t know enough people who actually video chat so have never even tried. I guess I would rather have it and not need it then to need it and not have out.

  • Jeremy

    Yes. With family on their PC’s using ooVoo.

  • http://twitter.com/jarofclay Montucky Phantom

    I’d love to see Google finish their Talk with video enabled.  It seems like front-facing-cameras are an Achilles heel for the carriers.  We say AT&T push the iPhone FaceTime off on WiFi.  I doubt carriers will want 3G or even 4G enabled video conferencing while they are still charging for data and protecting their bandwidth by locking down phones.  

  • Anonymous

    Yea I do all the time for facebook pics, a mirror, video chatting, sometimes youtube videos

  • Djstar2k2

    i agree great tech but everybody don’t have it yet and it needs. to be unified like with google vid and all others so u can vid anybody. I have her to use the one on my Acer tab cuz idk anybody who has google vid

  • http://twitter.com/chairthrower Mike Richichi

    I wish more apps supported it.  The two in which I’d be most likely to use it, Skype and Adobe Connect, don’t enable it.

  • Carmen Diva

    I use it to take pictures of myself

    and I use it often for chat :)
    I love it. But it’s not a deal breaker if i don’t have one on a phone like
    a lot of people try to make a big deal when a phone doesn’t have one
    (Droid X2 etc)

  • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

    OGD!!!  I want a front cam, but I will wait until there is a Worthy successor to THE best phone of all time.

  • Wmsco51

    More phones with ffc as standard and more apps for video calling if my love ones had a ffc I would use it regularly

  • FortitudineVincimus

    no video on Skype on VZW.. so no care

    seems like a novelty, but not sure I would even use it.

  • Anonymous

    I would probably use mine more if the Thunderbolt actually came with an app, I would even buy a webcam to use at home so I could see my wife and kids while I work the late shift. Even with that, I would probably only use it a few times. I don’t even like talking on the phone, much less taking the time to orchestrate a video chat. 

    • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

      The Thunderbolt does come with an App, its called Talk (aka Google Talk). You can chat with anyone logged into a Google account, including on their desktop computer.

      • Anonymous

        I use Talk constantly, with some friends it’s my primary means of communication. Unless you’re on one of the recent Gingerbread ROMs, however, it absolutely does not include video chat. 

        • http://mariasama16.livejournal.com/ J Harrell

          I’ve not tried it on my phone (OG Droid, no FFC), but the Honeycomb version on my Transformer does have the video chat option. I’ve never used it though, I’d prefer to use Skype.

          ETA: I hadn’t realized that the different OS versions killed the video chat.

          • Anonymous

            Its not that some killed it, it’s that talk didn’t include video chat until gingerbread 2.3.4. The TB is still on 2.2.1

    • http://www.facebook.com/dion.bradley Dion S. Bradley
  • Anonymous

    Can’t say since I’ve never been able to use mine. I could never get Skype to work.

    • Don4Tech

      Try Tango. There’s a version for android and for iOS. It’s easy and works better than any other. Fring allows video conferencing – I’ve connected with three others at once but it’s sometimes a little buggy.

  • Bigsike

    I love the one on my DX 😛

  • http://twitter.com/soupycinreno soupycinreno

    I’ve used mine like….twice since I got the TB.

    Tango is what I use for Video chat. Epic chat app.

  • greenblattsam

    I think the install base for the front facing camera is too small at the moment.



    USA is a noob place to finding new technology.all the technology comes from ASIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!people in asian countries already using the front facing camera phones to use video calls with the wireless phone service (provider offers a service).
    i would say, if they make it that has video call service, USA will put another few dollars to use the service to make money.

  • soundwave1026

    I’d probably use Skype on my TB if it supported Gingerbread. :(

  • soundwave1026

    I’d probably use Skype on my TB if it supported Gingerbread. :(

  • Jsuli

    If you don’t want one and say you don’t have one then your vote don’t count…. You don’t even know about it.

    Ps got one and use it all the time

  • Cwpit81

    Don’t really use it but makes my phone that much cooler

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=593091821 Matt Bucher

    I use the Xooms front facing camera with Google Chat enough.

  • Woojoo83

    Qik is a good video chat app. the only flaw i found is that it does not support the function of toggling between front and rear facing cameras. i use it over 3G all the time to video chat with other Qik’ers. the volume is not great though, so your surroundings need to be quiet or you need to have earphones. (DINC 2)

  • Ace87

    You should also add an option: “I want too, but Skype won’t let me”

  • pj

    I know I wouldnt use it much, but I’d love to have it for my wife and kids when I’m away. Probably be nice if my parents had one too so they could chat with the kids. I think if a phone had an ffc that was much much higher resolution with decent audio it might change how much people use it too!

  • http://twitter.com/tittlemanscrest Stephen Parker

    I think that it’s awesome for video chats, but until that’s pretty much universal, there’s no point. 

  • Rccrod

    if anything only females when they take those mirror or bathroom pics lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.obrien3 Ken O’Brien

    They are necessary, but the problem is there just is not an app out there that bridges the gap between all users.  With everything isolated with Tango, fring, and the very few of us that have the working Skype, then iPhone with facetime, we are all cut off from eachother.

    Video calls will happen, but there needs to be a standard for it to really take off

  • Anonymous

    I would probably use it more if I made more phone calls. The vast majority of communication on my phone is done through texts. They are so much less intrusive and time consuming than phone calls. I can only see video chat being used in place of a call, rather than text, and I have a feeling a lot of people are in this category.

  • Anonymous

    I would probably use it more if I made more phone calls. The vast majority of communication on my phone is done through texts. They are so much less intrusive and time consuming than phone calls. I can only see video chat being used in place of a call, rather than text, and I have a feeling a lot of people are in this category.

  • Anonymous

    Used the one on my Transformer once just to test it out on Gtalk. I don’t think I’ve ever switched on the one in my Evo.

  • DBK

    They are not really needed (unless you are hearing impaired, then you need them). They are just a fun feature. They are probably more useful on a tablet than a phone. Can definitely do without one.

  • Gee

    This is missing 2 choices (meh never thought of it…) and (Front facing camera is that what that thingy on the front of my phone is???)….

  • KHodge

    I would use it if skype would ever come over to Android!

    • Dion Bradley4

      I have it on my T-Bolt, with working camera.  They have an .apk.  http://www.droid-life.com/2011/04/11/download-skype-with-video-on-android/

  • caseyisajim

    Only Facebook users.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Eddie Roseberry


  • Anonymous

    Would be much more useful if the people I usually talk to had them as well (as well as a fast connection) I’ve used the leaked skype beta for TB when I want to talk to some of my friends. Also used it for self portraits, but I rarely need those

  • Anonymous

    Front cameras are awesome for the iCrap.  Why is it taking so long to get them up and running for android considering we have much smarter people?

    • Anonymous

      What do you mean??? There are a good number phones with them built in.

      • http://www.facebook.com/derek.dt Derek Robinson

        I think he’s referring to app support. There just currently isn’t anything mainstream on android that does video calling. A built in google app would be amazing though. I’d be happy with skype too

        • Anonymous

          Tango is pretty awesome when you have a 4g phone or WiFi available. It automatically pulls your contacts that have Tango as well and lets you talk with iPh*one lovers too :-)

          • Granted

            You keep repeating something that sounds like a corporate form that you copied and pasted and then added a few lines of personal touch at the end.

          • Anonymous

            …Do I hear a hint of jealousy  in your voice…

        • Marcelo Burrieza

          Google Talk in 2.3.4 support video and voice calls to any pc with chrome or tablet with honeycomb, even without a FFC. Time to switch to cyanogen, my friends. works even in the OG Droid

      • http://www.facebook.com/derek.dt Derek Robinson

        I think he’s referring to app support. There just currently isn’t anything mainstream on android that does video calling. A built in google app would be amazing though. I’d be happy with skype too

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      apparently not then

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1156200227 Johnny Perry

    Great for a mirror!!

    • FortitudineVincimus

      or taken good self porn images so you dont have to do the take-a-photo-in-the-mirror trick.

      Just image if Weiner had a front facing cam

  • Anonymous

    Skype needs to stop being a bunch corporate douchebags and enable video 

    • Anonymous

      Just use Tango :)

      • Anonymous

        No one uses tango

        • Carmen Diva

          yeah considering all the downloads that it has not to mention it allows a lot of people to chat iphone to android, that’s not true. A lot of people are using tango

          • http://twitter.com/AndroidEcko Bonifacio

            Agreed, I think Tango has a decent user base. I’ve tested Tango and Fring.  Both good apps,  I like how Tango automatically lets you know who in your contacts has the app installed. 20 of my friends have it on their devices.  That’s way more than I expected.

            Obviously, I am not a regular user due to my rear cam only….it was merely for testing.      

          • Anonymous

            I absolutely love that it pulls my contacts with Tango out of thin air. There is no guess work as to who is logged in. It’s actually pretty awesome…Maybe someone should let kimir know :-)

          • djlevine

            You can use the app regularly w/ only back-facing cam. Just carry a pocket mirror wherever you go. 

          • Granted


          • Anonymous

            Genius =D!

          • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

            “A lot of people are using tango” A lot is pretty subjective. Thats like saying a lot of people bought the Moto Xoom

        • Anonymous

          Funny…I have a list of contacts that do…Not to shabby when you have a phone like the Thunderbolt :-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/dion.bradley Dion S. Bradley
      • tjhrulz

        that only works on the HTC thunderbolt tried it on several other devices on its release none worked except thunderbolt

    • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber Kurt Weber

      you mean Microsoft…

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      Skype works great on my iPhone. So does Facetime. It’s like the commercial says “if you don’t have an iPhone…”

      • Anonymous

        …then you don’t have an i*hone. And thank goodness. I hate Apple.

        Go troll somewhere else.

  • T Hall

    Used it on the Xoom once.  It was really cool for Google Talk, surprised I just never use use it cause it is kinda cool.  

  • Ryan Clayton

    If there was a decent video chat app for Android, I’d use mine more.  They all work fine for video for me but the audio is either static or just silent.  

    • Anonymous

      I have been using Tango pretty successfully. It is best to either be on 4g or WiFi.

      • Bob

        needs to be an app that does android to pc chat and does it well.  unfortunately nothing exists yet that isn’t cost prohibitive (clearsea)

  • http://twitter.com/gentime Tyler Kratzer

    the FFC on TB is very crappy…

    • Ssplawson

      It’s not just tb u tard

      • Carmen Diva

        that’s uncalled for.

        HTC’s camera(front and rear facing) are always crappy

    • Anonymous

      No it isn’t…

  • Mentalspaz

    like the thought of them, but dont use them