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.



1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

The only dissadvantgae of not having a rear camera would be for ar games but they are very few and far between. Nobody except bizarre ifans would walk around using a tablet as a camera!

16. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

I don't know why, but I'd like to at LEAST have the option on my tablet. Besides, most tablets have them anyway.

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Yes most have them but most tablets cost at least twice the cost of the nexus tab and in fact are often of lower tech spec like processor etc. Thats the whole point of the nexus tab,high spec level but a minimal price due to mostly unused aspects like rear camera being left out. I would like to see a memory card slot though

23. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

the only thing i can think of is not games actually, but QR codes.. oh, and maybe AR?

27. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I'd be that weird person holding up my Asus Transformer TF-300 taking pictures at a parade (If I ever get one). lol I can think of some advantages of having such a tall photography device. lol

33. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

at least u have an option. having no camera is a dealbreaker for me! i want all-in-one devices. i dont like carrying multiple devices when 1 stuff does it all. and you can use skype on both cameras! thats great!


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.....

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 551; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

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.


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.

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.

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.

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...

9. ap2012

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

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

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"

11. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

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.

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)

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

21. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

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.

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.

26. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Wow sexy babe

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