what is the point of a front facing camera?

brinycbri

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I just don't get it..will you guys really video conference in the middle of a street or at home? I find this appeal to be kind of gimmicky and i'd probably use it once and then get bored of it (like chat roulette). I might totally be wrong but makes we wonder.

Personally, I'd rather have a slimmer and better form factor phone than cramming another camera.

just wondering, of course it's just an opinion lol
 

Hawke

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Dec 21, 2007
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I just don't get it..will you guys really video conference in the middle of a street or at home? I find this appeal to be kind of gimmicky and i'd probably use it once and then get bored of it (like chat roulette). I might totally be wrong but makes we wonder.

Personally, I'd rather have a slimmer and better form factor phone than cramming another camera.

just wondering, of course it's just an opinion lol
When I was on my Nokia.. I did it a lot especially when chatting with my partner
 

nefan65

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It's for when you're taking a picture of your junk, you can see what it looks like easier...:rolleyes:

My guess is iChat or Skype...
 

nefan65

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It's for when you're taking a picture of your junk, you can see what it looks like easier...:rolleyes:

My guess is iChat or Skype...
 

sorchard

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We've had video calling (not sure about conferencing; it might be in the UMTS standard, but if not it wouldn't be too difficult to create a conference bridge if it took off) ever since 3G came into being in the UK, and with that, front-facing cameras.

It was the cash cow the networks hoped to exploit to repay the government for the 3G licences that cost a few billion pounds.

It didn't take off, because video calling (at least outside) is rather naff and gimmicky, and they charged (and still do) 50p/min for the privilege with no inclusion in tariffs or offers. Another factor may be no interoperability with things like Skype - unlike SMS and standard voice calls. Phones still come with front-facing cameras though. They've had far more success with cheap mobile broadband dongles.

I hope that if/when Apple does do this, they aren't considered revolutionary (this happens a lot - Apple copies what has been done for years, Apple is considered forward-thinking and revolutionary). Because they aren't.
 

rtabdo

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Honestly, I'm with you on this. It's a cool feature to have, but I barely use the camera on my iMac and Macbook Pro. I personally think its' a feature people have been whining about and once it's there, many will barely use it after a couple days.
 

rtabdo

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I hope that if/when Apple does do this, they aren't considered revolutionary (this happens a lot - Apple copies what has been done for years, Apple is considered forward-thinking and revolutionary). Because they aren't.
The reason why Apple gets revolutionary a lot is because they do it better than most people. The iPad is def a new revolution in tablets. It's not the first tablet, but it is the first tablet of its kind that works so well.
 

Applejuiced

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At the iPhone hacks section.
I hope that if/when Apple does do this, they aren't considered revolutionary (this happens a lot - Apple copies what has been done for years, Apple is considered forward-thinking and revolutionary). Because they aren't.
Usually the way they implement things are revolutionary not that they are the first.
They were not the first with a touchscreen cellphone either, or Copy and paste and many other things but they did them right and easy to use.
 

drewsof07

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Photo Booth for iPhone! :D

In case you are out without your MacBook and need to snap a picture of yourself with a big chin or pinched head :rolleyes::p
 

btcutter

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Honestly, I'm with you on this. It's a cool feature to have, but I barely use the camera on my iMac and Macbook Pro. I personally think its' a feature people have been whining about and once it's there, many will barely use it after a couple days.
+1

There are so many other things that should be done for the iPhone than a FORWARD FACING CAMERA. How about just make the current camera MUCH better with optical zoom along with quality recording?!

I suspect the iChat info found on OS 4 is for the iPad version 2.
 

H00513R

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I just don't get it..will you guys really video conference in the middle of a street or at home? I find this appeal to be kind of gimmicky and i'd probably use it once and then get bored of it (like chat roulette). I might totally be wrong but makes we wonder.

Personally, I'd rather have a slimmer and better form factor phone than cramming another camera.

just wondering, of course it's just an opinion lol
I'd rather have the slimmer form factor too.
 

Hawke

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Dec 21, 2007
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A lot of people seem to be requesting it.. because a person doesnt like it doesn't mean it should be not included... Cuz frankly if something you (generally speaking) may want was not included, you;d be the one screaming the loudest in this very same forum, regardless how useful or tedious it may be