Did you know: these smartphones don't have a camera, and for a good reason
posted by Nick T. / Dec 14, 2014, 8:55 AM
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 It may be an outdated model, but it is still more functional than a camera-less dumb phone.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.
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and there are people whom I know still clinging onto their 1st generation ipad as it is the only tablet without camera.
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 9:18 AM 0
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On the 2nd pic, the phone has a camera app lol
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 9:20 AM 4
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Dude, that's a speaker...
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 9:54 AM 0
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Just leave your phone in the car. These phones are uselse's lol
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 9:36 AM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 7:46 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 5:43 PM 0
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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.
posted on Dec 14, 2014, 7:29 PM 0
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