Do budget tablets really need a rear camera?

Do budget tablets really need a rear camera?
Two weeks ago we had iOS 6, last week we had Windows Phone 8, and this week we kick it off with the Google Nexus 7, the first tablet with pure Google experience. 

Yes, it’s still unofficial and we can’t fully trust that leak giving us all the details about it, but chances are we’ll get to see the official unveiling of the Nexus 7 tablet in just two days and it could be a gamechanger for not only Android tablets, but the form factor in general. Why? Mostly because it wants to prove that you could cram in contemporary specs like a quad-core chip and decent screen into a $200 device and still end up with profit.

Have Google and Asus taken any shortcuts? Sure they have, but one of them could be less of a shortcut and more of a practical decision. The Nexus 7 is allegedly skipping the rear facing camera and only comes with a front camera that will best be used for video calls. But taking pictures and video on the tablet? The tacit assumption is that’s just not practical.

There are two sides here - some people would point out that under some conditions a tablet could end up being the only device you have and that very important moment you might want to capture would slip away. And that’s a dealbreaker for them.

And others would rightly make the point that taking pictures with a 7-inch slate borders with the funny and is downright impractical. Plus, chances are you always have your smartphone around and won’t ditch it for a tablet. Therefore, a rear camera for taking stills and video on a tablet is just a waste. More so, on a budget tablet.

So, is the lack of a rear camera on a budget tablet a dealbreaker or not? It’s up to you to decide in the comments below.

Do tablets really need a rear camera?

Yes, the lack of a back camera is a dealbreaker for me.
No, a tablet is just too big for taking pictures and everyone has phones with cameras these days.



36. casey

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Cameras. 41MP on a phone. As other people have said, ever since mobiles started including cameras we have been moving towards a phone camera replacing a stand-alone camera, and the news is that, appart from high spec digital cameras, low to medium quality cameras will not be made in the future. Reason is simple - most photos now are produced by phone cameras. Tablets, especially the 7 inch, are the new mobiles, which is why there are increasing numbers of phone call tablets. As the phones 10 years ago, these are starting to include decent cameras (see reviews of Samsung tablets). All that is needed now is for manufacturers to re-learn that many people do not want a laptop, phone and camera, people's expectations are advancing, and there are increasing numbers who want a Nokia N8 or better camera on their tablet.

34. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Rear cameras on tablets are stupid. If a tablet is your only device then your priorities are screwed up.

35. s1ebee

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Exactly.... Who ever came across someone that owns a tablet but not a smartphone with camera?

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

First of all i like to say SHES HOT! 2nd TABLET's camera DON'T TAKE good picture. at least a cell phone can. if you can't take your CAMERA with u use your phone.don't care what manufactuere tablet you use it will always take bad camera

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, that supposed girl in the pic looks like a guy dressed, well, almost.

28. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The sad thing is I know girls that take pictures like that. They are just trying to show ppl that they own an iPad and have nice boobs. They are all stuck up and easy.

26. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Wow sexy babe

25. jlscott777

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Used the one on my tablet once just to see if it worked, I think it would be much better to have a really good front facing camera and just get rid of the rear facing one.

22. angelesmec unregistered

Although not that necessary, it is good to have just in case you are not carrying around your phone or a camera.

21. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If they are used as exampled in the picture, absolutely.

15. shimsham

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Do Phone Arena really need such chicks photos to get visitors?

20. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's one of those photos that are famous for being both bad and silly. While the subject of the photo (the girl) is reasonably attractive, the quality of the shot, forced pose, and awkwardness of using the large device instead of a smaller hand-held one is an excellent measure of the silliness of trying to use a tablet for camera usage, which is the point of the poll

13. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

as long as it comes with solid specs like a quad-core chip and decent screen, I'm in! (with or without rear camera)

12. e.wvu unregistered

Well, we all know that if a tablet doesn't have a rear view camera, Phone Arena will get a low score on the review.

30. whothisperson

Posts: 102; Member since: May 06, 2012

Oh I see what you did there... Phone Arena takes camera quality into high consideration when scoring on the reviews.

11. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Well, it's not a deal breaker for me. Btw, that chick is hawt.

10. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

There could be a third option saying "if the price is significantly less, I wouldn't mind sacrificing having no rear camera"

9. ap2012

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Hot babe! The back camera would be needed to take pictures of gals like these

8. androidaddict

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 27, 2012

when on budget, the first thing i would sacrifice would be cam.. makers should use that same money on better resolution screen or a better contrast screen which most budget tabs suffer from...

7. wendygarett unregistered

Who is that chick... Using iPad ? What a dumbass lol

17. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

You're calling her an idiot yet you're asking if that is an iPad when the "apple" logo clearly is visible? You must be a genius.

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Grammatically speaking, her sentence could be read "Who is that chick [who is] using [an] ipad [for a camera]?. It isn't a question of the ipad, it's a question of who is silly enough to a: use the ipad as a camera b) who is silly enough to use it with a mirror and catch themselves in it and c) who doesn't know how to take a self-portrait with a front facing camera.

24. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Your comment definitely took the jam outta my doughnut. Good job.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Probably I'll only use the back camera of the tablet if I left my phone/camera at home. I rarely took photos on my tablet except if there's an app to use that requires it.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'll take a quad core tablet that costs only 200 vs 300 just for a stupid camera ill never use.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

There should be a third option where we recognize the value of having a rear camera for some people but don't consider its absence to be a dealbreaker. That said, I opted for the second choice.

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

No,when it comes to budget price.rear camera is cost effective.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Lol read any tablet review on this website and the tablet always gets marked down 2-3 points for having bad camera quality. Tablets don't need cameras in general especially not rear cameras. I can somewhat understand a front facing camera for video chat but rear cameras no.

14. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This! I don't really get the use of the rear camera. I rather use the camera of Galaxy Y with 2MP than use an iPad for capturing moments. Why don't these manufacturers put that stunning rear camera in front. That's a win win. For most tablets are used for video calling/chatting.

32. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Lol, I can't help it but I need a camera on a tablet. I really do.....

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