Did you know: these smartphones don't have a camera, and for a good reason

Did you know: these smartphones don't have a camera, and for a good reason
One day, our grandkids will look back at the phones people used in the 20th century and wonder what kind of phones those were if they didn't have a camera. Or at least that's a safe prediction we can make now that cameras are one of a phone's key features. Even dirt-cheap, no-name handsets, the kind of which are sold by the pound by Chinese OEMs, have cameras, albeit very basic ones. 

Yet did you know that there is a small number of smartphone models designed without cameras? These are devices built for a niche of buyers who can't bring a camera to their workplace, but still want to have access to their email, social networks and IM clients. 

One of the few companies with non-camera smartphones in their lineup is iNO. The iNO Scout 2 – one of its recent models – is a ruggedized Android-based smartphone with a 4-inch screen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. There's also the slimmer, lighter iNO 2, which offers a 4.3-inch AMOLED display, a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The two cost $300 and $260 respectively. Another company called Phicomm has the i600nc, which is a non-camera Android phone with a 4.3-inch screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It is currently on sale for about $110. 

However, getting a decent non-camera smartphone in the U.S. can be difficult. Models like the ones we just highlighted can only be found through eBay and only if you're lucky. Still, Verizon is offering a non-camera variant of the BlackBerry Bold 9930. It may be an outdated model, but it is still more functional than a camera-less dumb phone. Alternatively, there's the Nokia 207. It isn't a smartphone, but it is 3G-enabled and has access to Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter. 

references: iNO, Phicomm, Verizon



1. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

How about NO

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Lololol here goes a +1 for you!

3. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

and there are people whom I know still clinging onto their 1st generation ipad as it is the only tablet without camera.

9. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Dude, that's a speaker... Edit: totally posted that to the wrong comment...

4. PowTheBowl

Posts: 86; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

On the 2nd pic, the phone has a camera app lol

10. DanishDynamite

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Dude, that's a speaker...

11. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

He is talking about app... There is indeed camera icon in top right of screen...

12. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

he is talking about the camera app icon .

13. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Two fails in the same post, today is not your day lmao

5. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Nokia 1100!?? Even that doesn't have a camera and it's rugged and cheap and has long battery life...

6. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Just leave your phone in the car. These phones are uselse's lol

8. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014


18. Angst

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

That reminds me of Employees who take their (company) laptops home and leave them in the car, then cry about how their laptop got stolen . . well duh! Sure you can store it in the trunk or out of site but the best policy is to not leave it in a car in the first place. Extreme heat and/or cold is also another reason why you don't leave electronics in a car.

19. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

You're right not the best place. But settling for an inferior device just to play with your phone at work is also stupid. Unless the job itself is providing the phone there's no need for the phone

7. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

This is why Exchange security policies can disable the use of the camera.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Nokia 207 is a smartphone?


Posts: 89; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

I work as a contracted industrial electrician and go to plants and facilities with rediculious security. Because there are proprietary machines, trade secrets etc. and a lot of them have no camera policies but none have ever taken my phone or asked me to leave it in my vehicle. The most strict plants make you sign a non disclosure agreement and put a tamper evident sticker over your phone's camera. I wouldn't buy a gimped device to suit their needs.

16. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Why can't anyone design a phone with detachable camera at the top bezel?

17. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

It is a shame that smart phones are in general too tempting for some people, they can be a great work tool if used for it, sadly it doesn't surprise me that there's a niche like this, given how we get leaks photo's e.t.c. That said, those that want to leak stuff, will just find another way so don't know how effective this can actually be.

20. SteveMacon777

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

Why would you spend hundreds on one of these barely smart phones when you could get a two year old flagship for the same price and then just break the camera?

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