Protruding rear cameras: love them or hate them? (poll results)

Protruding rear cameras: love them or hate them? (poll results)
Smartphones with protruding rear cameras are nothing new, and they're currently quite numerous. That's not necessarily because users want (or like) non-uniform designs, but because manufacturers don't seem to have found ways to include powerful cameras inside ultra-thin handsets without making them stick out. Apparently, Samsung could solve this issue (if we may call it an issue) with a new, ultra-thin 16 MP ISOCELL camera sensor, but this hasn't been used in any smartphone yet.

Earlier this month, we wanted to know if our readers liked or hated protruding cameras, so we published this poll. And the results are not exactly surprising.

Only 138 of those who voted (7.07%) like protruding cameras, while 1,084 voters (55.56%) seemingly hate them. 729 voters (37.37%) don't mind them, though. If you didn't get the chance to vote while the poll was active, you're invited to share your thoughts on the matter in the comments.

How do you feel about protruding rear cameras on smartphones?

I like them
I hate them
I don't mind them



1. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Ois is more important.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO make the phone 1-2 mm thicker and the battery bigger Sure the phone will be 7-9 mm now, but now you have no bump and more battery

18. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's like the manufacturers live on a different f###cking planet from the rest of us.

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

They kind of are in a sense, they have different wants compared to us They want profit We want great phones IMO most of them fear if they put huge 5000mAh battery in their phones people will upgrade less quick since our batteries will last longer

33. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Well, I would gladly trade that cheap company with 5 mm phones and 2000 mah batteries for a manufacturer who provides 8-10 mm phones with 4000 mah batteries-and I'd remain loyal to them even after the phone's battery dies out. While in the case of the former company, I'd never buy their product again.

34. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The batteries will not last significantly longer, they will likely decay at the same rate. Capacity decay on lithium ion batteries always goes down over time. However, many people speed up this normal decay rate by mistreating the battery. The life of a lithium ion battery is determined by the number of cycles the battery goes through(they usually have a rating for the number of cycles it good for, some fall short, most last a little longer). A full cycle is down from 100% to 0%(in a lithium ion cell 0% is actually not achievable its more like 11 to 12% although its never displayed as such on phones or any other device) and then charge back up to 100%. Lithium Ion cells do not have a memory effect like NIMH batteries do, so it is not a bad thing to charge back up from 90% to 100 or 50% to 100. The best thing to do, to prolong your battery life for when you actually need is, is to plug it in and charge it whenever possible, perhaps do a full cycle once per month or every couple months(some manufacturers recommend doing so and others do not, in theory its not necessary and shouldn't make any difference). If you are wondering where I get my information from, I work at a plant that manufactures Lithium Ion cells in Michigan. Xalt Energy, our cells are the best on the planet for their various applications. If only we made small cells for phones, that would be cool...

43. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

You are contradicting yourself plutonium. IF two phone has same hardware and screen. one phone has a 2000 MAH battery the other a 4000 Mah battery thats both will end up with same decay over the years. Then you say the more you charge it the more its will decay... Well with 4000 mah i will charge 50% less so yeah my battery life will be improved. I will also not be a wall hugger.. So overall you are right its just the start thats make no sense mostly as the battery life is determined by two thing : Number of full charge and battery decay.

48. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Lithium ion cells do have a set decay rate over time in terms of capacity. However, you can accelerate this with treating the battery poorly, by running through full charge cycles constantly. It is not a contradiction. If you don't want to be a "wall hugger" get a battery pack to top off from. Yes, a 4000 mAH battery may last longer as it is easier to not run all the way down.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17355; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He right, you kind of did contradict yourself.

52. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

No, I did not. I'm not sure you understand what a contradicting statement is. A contradicting statement is one that makes two claims that conflict with each other. Now, my statement does make two claims about how lithium ion batteries life decays, and they do not necessarily conflict. As you should know, multiple factors are often in play when talking about something technological. Such as there are multiple factors affecting gas mileage in a vehicle, tire press, weight of the vehicle, weight of its passengers, tire size, number of gears in the transmission and how efficient the gear ratio is.

19. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I don't mind them, got used to it with my Galaxy S2, then my S3, S4 and Note 4 all had protruding cameras, so what.

12. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Totally agree. Go for LG G4 if anyone don't like protruding camera. Both G4 and S6 take excellent images.

3. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

as long as it gives me great photos, i dont even care but flat phones with great camera would still be better right?

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

930 style

4. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I do mind them because they never complement the design but mainly because the manufacturers cheat badly with them measuring thickness of the phone at its thinnest point, leaving the camera housing out of the measurement. In reality neither the iPhone 6 nor the Galaxy S6 are as thin as, let's say, an Xperia Z3+.

5. Furbal unregistered

Make the phone the same thickness and increase battery size...

38. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Or add a system to draw heat away from the processor so higher clock speeds would be okay..

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Idc. It's going in a case and won't protrude anyways.

8. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't care if my phone has a "protruding" camera or not. Many of today's smartphones have protruding cameras, it's just more obvious on some than others. If you don't like the protruding camera, then either don't get that phone or get a phone case. Nearly all cases will hide it, but cases from Speck, Spigen, Otterbox, & Life Proof are all great case makers that'll "hide" the protruding camera).

9. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No one love it, it's either hate it or deal with it

10. AlikMalix unregistered

100% agree! I hated iPhone 6 protruding camera, but I really want Apple pay - so I'm giving up best designed phone ever and more comfortable size (iPhone 5S Space Grey) for 6s or s6 because I want Apple Pay (or Samsung pay respectfully) - which ever wows me this autumn...

11. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The fear it might scratch or damage the camera lens is the main reason I think people dont want a protuding camera but if it take good picture people just dont have a choice as most phones with good camera have this design.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

it wouldn't be the lens but the lens cover which 9/10 is replaceable.

51. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 113; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

This is my main problem, I don't care about the design but the fact I always have to check where can I put my phone is annoying. Why they don't put an extra 0.3 mm protruding ring around the lens or something, anyway I usually choose a case which is thick enough to protruding more than the camera lens... I remember nokia n95 with a"lens cap" style solution which was also a trigger to turn camera on. And i agree with this "thinner thinner thinner" trend (the new megapixel count war) is not so clever... i would definitely choose the thicker one with more power.. and the even more protruding camera with bigger sensor... ;)

13. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Its really annoying to have a protruding camera with a slim design. Either increase the thickness with better innards or put a non protruding camera... again that's my choice... I know no top manufacturer will do that...!!

14. Shocky unregistered

I love the camera on my Galaxy S6 so yes, so I suppose I like them so long as the quality is good. :)

15. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

The protruding camera doesn't bother me one bit. Use a case and it never scratches up anyway.

22. Shocky unregistered

That is a solution however to completely protect the camera on the S6 you would need a case that makes the phone feel very bulky.

37. Plutonium239

Posts: 1212; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That thin clear case that Samsung sells for it would do the trick nicely without adding much bulk.

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