Survey: Most Windows Phone owners don't use front facing camera

Survey: Most Windows Phone owners don't use front facing camera
Original Windows Phone 7 models didn't have a front-facing camera and it wasn't until phones like the HTC TITAN and HTC Radar came along that it was a feature on a Windows Phone unit. Even today, not every handset loaded with Microsoft's mobile OS sports a front-facing shooter. A good example of this is the Nokia Lumia 800 and there were some who complained about the lack of the camera on front of the unit.

There is really only a couple of things that a front-facing camera can do, like take self-portraits and enable video chats. Perhaps that is why a whopping 66% of Windows Phone users in a recent survey admitted that they do not use the front-facing camera on their phone. 31% of those responding said that they do not use the front-facing camera. 12% don't use the front-facing camera, but plan to do so in the future and 23% are waiting for the Windows Phone 8 update and the ability of the phone to support Skype, to use the camera on front. Opposing that 66% is the 11% that use the front-facing camera regularly and the 23% that use the front-facing camera sparingly. (It should be noted that some of those who responded that they don't use the front-facing camera might have a model without one)

When Windows Phone 8 handsets start to rollout, we might see a change in the results of this poll as Windows Phone users get the ability to use Skype for video chat. 

source: WPCentral



1. FeloniousBoxer

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

What about users of iPhones and Android devices? I have both (one for work) and have never used my front facing camera for anything. I have started it a few times, but never proceeded to use it. I do not know anyone of my friends or family that use it either. Anyone else? Maybe Phone Arena can do a survey on that!!!

2. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

I definitely agree... I never use mine except for the random face check haha I'm going to take a wild guess that this survey could be applied to most users

10. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

My wife sometimes uses her Galaxy S2's FFC as a mirror and its very effective

19. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i use the front facing camera on my Android quite often. usually for video call.

22. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Younger folks use the FFC to take picture with friends. Instead of flipping the phone to the other side and blindly trying to press the button to take a shot on that capacitive, FFC with the screen in front of them works! iPhone 4/4s and Galaxy Nexus have nice-quality FFC that's just good enough to show people without giving up much of picture's quality

24. fenixsama

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

maybe because most front-facing cameras' quality sucks.

3. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The main use for it is video telephone. But all the apps for it make it pretty well useless, no matter WHAT platform. Until everyone has a convenient way to use a two-way video call there will be little use for it. Further, many people just want people to see how they look at various times. How would you like to take a video call at 3:00am?

8. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012


14. andygallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Skype? Google Talk Video?

4. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't think a lot of Windows Phone users have a front facing least the first generation devices don't. I would probably at least play with it if I had it.

5. ramponin

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2012

HTC Titan doesn't have a front-facing camera, only the HTC Radar.

15. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Just like the HTC Radar and HTC Titan II, the HTC Titan has a front-facing camera!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iUse mine all the time. When iAm home with Wi-Fi access iFacetime my friends with iPhones and iPads from my iPhone 4S. When iAm on the go iUse the 2.0MP FFC on my Rezound. And all because true beauty has no liMits.

7. jsoliz1985

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I use my front camera daily to video chat using google talk when i'm out of town and want to get some face time with my girlfriend. and i use it to stay in touch with my dad who lives in mexico. i most likely would never use it if i never left houston.

9. k4j98

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Yeah, I use the ffc for fun, but not seriously. Even being on Android, I haven't used it but maybe three or four times. It's just a boy scout gimmick (if I ever need it, I'll be prepared...but I probably wont' need it). It's like going on a camping trip with a bow and arrow; you know you'll just use the bow for the fun of it.

11. Ubi2447

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

I use Tango all the time to video call my family. I'd say AT LEAST twice a week. It's a must for me.

12. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

I use my front camera in my iphone a lot, from the occasional tinychat video conference, to facetiming people, to checking if there is something in my teeth, to taking pictures with friends. It's really handy i think

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is probably because a large number of windows phones don have front cameras as well as the fact people generally don't use them even if available. If this survey was done for all phone types and is the results would be the same. 3g video calling has been around since like 2007 and it was just a passing fad which wore off,it makes the ridiculous efforts of apple trying to make video calls look like something astonishing new in 2010 under the 'facetime' alias look all the funnier. Phones should have a front camera to give people the option to use it,but realistically the camera should not be above 2mp as it'd rarely if ever be used

16. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My Radar has a front-facing camera but have never used it. I Tango and Skype often with friends and family but I only use voice. I know how they look like in person so I don't see the need to use FFC. LOL!

17. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

thats the answer to a question i didnt ask.

18. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Quite a large number of people don't know about what you can truly do with a front facing camera! The use of Skype or carrier provided Video call software is really an unknown for many, I have had to teach both of my parents how to use Skype on their phones (and had to tell them several times they can do phone-to-pc or pc-to-phone video calls EXACTLY like normal)... HOWEVER, the LARGEST by FAR problem is UNITY... as in sure I have Skype, but he/she I am trying to talk to doesn't, or I have my carrier/phonemfg app with account but they dont and/or cant get it on their own device (restrictions based issues)... I hate Google for becoming evil in some VERY LARGE respects/aspects/situations, HOWEVER, I LOVE them for providing UNITY whenever/wherever/however they can... They know everything about me, BUT they provide me a platform where it can all be mixed together without me having to manually do the mixing to create that PERFECT CEAK! for myself. (CEAK is a lie...)

20. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

SKYPE will bring about a shift in the chart in my opinion. Video chatting will grow in popularity as SKYPE refines its mobile apps (especially as an integrated part of WINDOWS PHONE) as well as the added speeds of 4G by the carriers. Hypothetical example (rumor based): Verizon 4G LTE + Nokia Lumia 1001 + Windows Phone 8 + Skype = Winning formula for FFC usage, not to mention a sweet SWEET match!

21. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Its not a norm to use the front facing camera i have phones with front facing camera since 2005...and now even once I use it for video calling.... you get calls but not video calls.

23. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I rarely use it. I do video calls every now and then and have taken a few pics with it. I'd use it more for pics if it was better quality.

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