Portrait Mode: still relevant and still important

Portrait Mode: still relevant and still important
Portrait Mode has been around for a while now — first we saw it on the iPhone 7 Plus, then it slowly creeped its way to every major flagship out there... even some midrangers!

Sure, it has a different name sometimes — like Samsung's Live Focus — and it's arguably better to call it something else, since a lot of time we use Portrait Mode for anything but portraits. Like photos of our pets or plants!

But a very recent and very popular phone won't allow you to do this, despite having Portrait Mode on board. Yes, we are talking about the iPhone XR! Yep, since it doesn't have two cameras at the back, it doesn't rely solely on depth perception — it uses a face in order to get a rough idea of what should be in the foreground and what should be back. To top it off, it doesn't do a 2x zoom, instead going for a more wide-angle portrait effect.

That alone made us ask ourselves "So, is that a big deal? Would people not buy a phone if it lacks Portrait Mode nowadays?".

And, of course, we passed the question off to you. Here are the poll results:

Do you care about Portrait Mode when choosing a phone?

Yep, it's always great to have!
43.84%
Ehhh, I can live without it.
30.37%
Not at all, that gimmick is dead to me.
25.8%

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7 Comments

1. TheOracle1

Posts: 2222; Member since: May 04, 2015

Are you people at PA living in looney land? 56.17% of the responses are negative and "don't care". You're interpreting the poll like Fox News does.

6. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Fox News ,,,what?? Fox are good. Do you think CNN or others , are better that Fox News??? LOL In Fox you can see the both sides of the story. Otherwise you are right, though.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2222; Member since: May 04, 2015

The only thing good about Fox News is Shep Smith. The rest of them are right wing nut job conspiracy theorists. Please explain why Fox and the dotard Trump have stopped talking about the caravan "invasion" since the election last week. The garbage Fox comes up with could fill two books.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Actually you cant even read your own poll. It shows 57% could care less about it. Based on the list of the poll. 30% say they could live without + 25% saying it's a useless gimmick. Learn how to read your own polls. Based on my experience, if you need to take a quick shot of something happening, goi dont even have toke ro activate portrait mode ro begin. Which means its gonna be ine of the least used features.

3. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I’m a bit disappointed that it’s not on the iPhone 8. I thought not having dual camera was the excuse, but they put it on the XR. It’s not something I’d use a lot, but it would still be something nice to have.

4. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Wait. How could you not know you dont need a dual camera for this feature? The original Pixel could do this and it didnt have dual cameras. I mean come on dude.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1576; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

"I thought not having dual camera was the excuse" - meaning the excuse that Apple was using. Not that I didn't know it could be done with a single camera. You gotta read a bit slower.

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