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How important is your smartphone's front-facing camera to you?

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How important is your smartphone's front-facing camera to you?
It's Monday today, and as some of you have to come realize, Monday is poll day. This means that we're back again with another very specific question that we wanted to get your input on, and it concerns front-facing cameras.

So why front-facing cameras? Well, apart from the undeniable success of the selfie subculture, these happen to be an area that manufacturers are slowly but surely improving in their never-ending arms race. Sure, we can't talk of a dog-eat-dog competition just yet, but every bit of differentiation surely counts in what is a downright ruthless market. To that end, we now have smartphones like the LG G Pro 2 with a "front-facing flash" (really just a bright white screen), and the HTC One which sports a pretty wide lens, allowing you to get more people in the frame, not to mention that most flagship front cams allow for 1080p video capture. At the same time, you have phones like the Nexus 5, which only does 720p, and comes with a noticeably narrower lens and a virtually non-existent list of features.

But how much does all of that matter to you, the buyer? Does the front-facing camera even number on your list of consideration when picking a phone? Or is it something that you genuinely care for and use, say, for video calls? Let us know by getting your voice heard through the poll right below.

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How important is your smartphone's front-facing camera to you?
29.95%
737 votes
(737 votes) It's very important to me
39.9%
982 votes
(982 votes) It's a consideration
18.37%
452 votes
(452 votes) It's unimportant to me
11.78%
290 votes
(290 votes) It's absolutely irrelevant to me

2461 votes

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posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:11 11

1. wando77 (Posts: 325; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


I think 5mp would be nice with a notification light that doubles as a flash

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:07 2

13. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


thank you! how it hasnt already been done is a tragedy

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:48

25. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 792; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I think Acer recently announced one

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 11:11

27. Sauce (unregistered)


Idk how to get this to work on my Note, but on my iPhone, I got my screen to flash extremely bright white right before I take a selfie. Snapchat also has this feature, but I got my iPhone to do this system wise.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 01:38

51. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


I do it with my Galaxy Mega.. it's called "Night Mode"

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 02:31

52. Sauce (unregistered)


Sweet. Got something similar on my Note yesterday

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:14 1

39. Ashoaib (Posts: 2428; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


It is an occasional option for me, rear cam is important for me

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:16 14

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I use it as a mirror mostly. It's a consideration for me.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:11

14. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


what a girl.... :D

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 01:36 1

50. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)


So you don't like mirrors because they're girly you go out looking like crap and ugly like shhhh just because mirrors are girly .. get a life

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:35

18. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Yes, same for me but i have to admit, i take a lot of selfies with friends and family. So a front cam is very important for me.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:17

3. silencer271 (Posts: 231; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


note 2's is good enough for me.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:17 3

4. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


I have only used it once. And that too because my brother forced me to use it. It's irrelevant and unimportant to me.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 18:21

48. snowgator (Posts: 3290; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


With you. Used mine like 4 times since my first smart phone.

But I have a feeling we are in the minority in this social network world.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:19 2

5. fouadqr (Posts: 315; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


unimportant

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:25 4

6. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3306; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Tested it out once. Never used it after that.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:26 2

7. papss (unregistered)


As unimportant as can be. I never use it ever.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:26 4

8. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Got to take those selfies, especially when you're with a group of people.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:12 3

15. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


or With a hot chick :D

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:55

36. trustory (Posts: 117; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I got to please my IG followers with pics lol

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:30

9. karkavelas (Posts: 58; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


Important or not, I think it's time to improve them also.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:32 1

10. Bernoulli (Posts: 1585; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I have a lumia 1020, why would I want to take a minuscule 1.9mp picture when I have 41 Mega Pixels at my disposal?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:27 2

17. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1162; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


selca and skype

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:50

20. Bernoulli (Posts: 1585; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Got a laptop for Skype, along with a tablet, plus if I'm out of wifi I can always tether to my tablet for Skype, which I have yet to do since there's wifi anywhere nowdays

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:06

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


FaceTime, especially on my iPad Mini 2. I use Skype over LTE since I can use it anywhere I go without having to find Wifi hotspots without passwords.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:49

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude "bye Felicia". I'm still tickled off that one

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:52

34. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


"tickled" ... as in 'tickled pink'??? You go on girl with your baaadd self!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:58 1

41. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It was necessary lol. In real life I'm always cracking up jokes like that haha.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:53

35. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


FaceTime only works right when it's on Wifi Papa'.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:57

40. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Unlimited LTE hotspot. ;)

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:04

42. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


With Verizon???

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 20:33

49. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


T-Mobile haha. I had unlimited with Verizon back in 2011 before I switched.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:36

44. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


School that fool Smurf. It works over cellular with At&t and tmobile too

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 08:43

53. Bernoulli (Posts: 1585; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's awesome man, I use wifi on my laptop over hspa+, my laptop has a slot for a sim that will use that Sims Internet up to hspa+ no LTE sadly, but still! It's an hp laptop can't remember the name, I had an ipad 2, but nah just wasn't for me

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:41 2

11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Hardly use front facing camerq

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 08:54 2

12. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


I try to use mine for checking boogers.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:12 1

16. reckless562 (Posts: 1011; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


eeeewwwwwww

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:42 1

19. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


LATE NIGHT FACETIME!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 17:46

47. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I FaceTime with my wife, when she's downstairs and I'm up and vice versa.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:51

21. Valdomero (Posts: 125; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I only use mine when I videocall my girlfriend. So it's kind off important, but not necessary.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:59 1

22. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


I wouldn't hurt to have a good front facing camera, but it's definitely not a deal breaker.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:09

24. igor.rogy99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Mar 2014)


Skype people?

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:58 1

26. district11 (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


I dont need my phone to see how gorgeous i look.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:00

28. Dude2014 (Posts: 182; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Only girls and gays need font facing camera.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:36

29. BigBoss10 (Posts: 233; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


I think that girls use it more than boys... girls use it to do their makeup lol :D

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 12:47 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


For the jedster, very. I mean just look at me, a friggin hunk.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:43 1

33. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


You know, I feel very bad for you, it's pitiful; you're pitiful! It's pathetic and trifling how much your parents lied to you; they really did you a great disservice. However, I agree with you: Front Facing Camera is VERY important and that's precisely WHY iDON'T USE AN iPHONE!!!

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:07 1

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I love the hate lol.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 13:08

32. HTCOE (Posts: 522; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


selfie king and queens?? aha.... i said irrelevant only bc i never use it.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 14:06

37. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Males should'nt be jealous, that's a female trait. Words of the great poet Jay Z

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:14 2

43. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Not everyone lives by your prophet's self-proclaimed words of Holy Grail; he also references 'hoes' alot so, I guess it's a result and reflection of his maternal figure (or lack thereof). 'B¡†ches' and 'hoes' - 'B¡†ches' and 'hoes', yes, words of YOUR "great poet". Speaking of Front Facing Cameras, he so ugly he probably broke his. God, I feel so sorry for that nice Beyonce. Such a sweet beautiful thing with that Sasquatch.

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 08:46

54. Bernoulli (Posts: 1585; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


If you'd have only kept the jay z to yourself...

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:44

45. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Males should'nt be jealous, that's a female trait. Words of the great poet Jay Z

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 17:16

46. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Sony should upgrade their front cameras.

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