Protruding rear cameras: love them or hate them?

Protruding rear cameras: love them or hate them?
Today's high-end smartphones can be differentiated in many, many ways, one of them being related to the physical attributes of their rear cameras. More exactly, we can split handsets into two categories: with, or without protruding cameras.

Among the current popular smartphones with protruding cameras we have to mention Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, and HTC's One M9. In the other camp - with flat rear cameras - we can find smartphones like the LG G4, Sony Xperia Z3+, Google Nexus 6, or the Nokia Lumia 930 / Icon.

Last year, not long after Apple announced its new iPhones, their bulged out rear cameras became the subject of various jokes, both from regular users, and from competing smartphone makers. This year's new iPhones - expected to be called iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus - will most likely have similar cameras, since Apple is reportedly not changing their overall design.

We're really curious to know how you feel about protruding rear cameras. Love them? Hate them? Don't really care? Let us know by voting in the poll below!

How do you feel about protruding rear cameras on smartphones?

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



1. waddup121 unregistered


15. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

I have and s6 and had s5..I would trade thinness for battery life any day. If the whole s6 was as thick as the camera hump with a 3500 mah battery, I would love it. The ONLY reason it protrudes is so the rest of the phone can try to be thin. It doesn't make any sense.

19. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Case and spare battery are the answer for the S5, which has quite good battery life anyway.

35. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Meant it more for the s6. s5 lasted me all day.. s6.. eh

45. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Technically hate them.....

21. Simona unregistered

It is DISGUSTING ! Only Huawei smartphones are nice and flat ...

49. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

And Sony

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

OEMs need to utilise camera ergonomics like Sony while Sony need to utilise Camera software processing like Sammy's/LGs. So A bump to me is NO! ^Bm ™

3. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

I don't mind them if it has it's perks.

14. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

such as?

30. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Only perk is thinness I'd definitely prefer no bump, slightly thicker and bigger battery

34. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

Actual zoom instead of digital, better F stop, etc...

4. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Who the hell would like them? :| Hey! if you selected [I like them] explain it here :|

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

7 votes for like, no one bothered to explain.

47. willzzz

Posts: 36; Member since: May 27, 2015

The only ones who like them are the ones who think smartphone makers have no choice over the design of the rest of the phone. If you believe phones have to be < 7mm thin then you can make a case for camera bumps. However most people are perfectly happy with a slightly thicker phone. This not only eliminates the need for a bump but also allows for bigger batteries, etc.

5. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Who loves them? Fanatics? There is nothing good about them.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I dont get bothered. I have been using phones with or without protuding cameras all my life.

40. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31025; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't make one bit of difference, just deliver great pics and vids. Both of my devices have them, and both deliver great pics and vids.

12. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Same with my iPhone 6. Love it all the way. I wish the next iPhone 6S/7 remove the protuding camera for a better looks and make 12MP rear cameta and 5MP front camera.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31025; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed...great pics/vids

9. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

If it makes more space for other better components and camera itself, when why not ? 0.5 mm isn't a big deal.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Exactly, as long as there is a bonus like a larger sensor or OIS then i see no problem with them.

11. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

They're ugly. But id be willing to make the compromise for something like an optical zoom module or really large sensor size

16. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Why would someone love protruding rear cameras on a phone?

17. jellmoo

Posts: 2579; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I can see people being indifferent (I largely am), but is there anyone out there that actually says: "Damn, that's a nice device, too bad it doesn't have a camera sticking out the back! I needs me some mobile phone badonkadonk!"

29. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014


18. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Only an idiot doesn't carry their phone in a case, so really doesn't matter if protruding or not. And this is supposed to be resolved with the 6S, so those case-less idiots can rejoice.

20. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Why are people without cases on their phones idiots? Because they don't like them? For the most part, phones are considered disposable (considering the fact most people keep them for two years)

25. AlikMalix unregistered

I carry my phone without a case always. Mind you, I'm a contractor too - and dropped my phone many times, dust is everywhere and surfaces are always dirty and rough - I'm not an idiot - I love the design of the 5s and love the feel and look even almost 2 years later. - there's no case that can match it. Don't call people idiots... I dont worship my phone like you probably do. It's a tool that I expect to sell or trade-in in 2-4 years. It is not a fancy car.

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