Would you buy a phone for the great selfie camera?

Would you buy a phone for the great selfie camera?
The newly announced HTC Desire Eye, with its 13 MP front-facing camera, is just the tip of the iceberg in the latest trend of phones with souped-up front-facing cameras. Needless to say, it's all due to the selfie, usie, and extreme selfie phenomena that are sweeping the globe, forcing people do silly stuff with bulls running behind them.

First it was HTC with the wide-angle 88 degree camera on the One (M7), then a bunch of Chinese makers like Huawei started outfitting their handsets with frontal cameras that are wide-angle, high-res, or both. Samsung now also chips in with the 3.7 MP 120 degree f/1.8 aperture front snapper of the Note 4, Nokia announced a selfie Lumia 730, Sony outed a weird looking selfie accessory, and it all culminates now with the Desire Eye. That one has two 13 MP shooters front and rear, and both are equipped with two-tone LED flash, for the most perfect groups selfies and video chat sessions available on a phone

Well, manufacturers ideas what users want are one thing, and their actual take on the matter is another, that's why we wanted to ask you if a good frontal camera is now a consideration when you are choosing a phone. Take your pick in the poll below, and tell us why in the comments.

Would you buy a phone for the great selfie camera?

Yes, this is one of my requirements now when looking for a new phone
26.03%
No, I don't use the front-facing cam much
73.97%

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38 Comments

1. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

only two votes till now. I stand for no.

5. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

A dead trend

14. drunkenjay

Posts: 1645; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

actually its not.

16. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

actually it is

25. sgodsell

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I could see something else come out of these high end selfie camera's. For instance use that camera as a retina security camera to log into your device. Pretty hard to fool with using your eye to log in.

17. Aploine

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

It was born dead

35. HildyJ

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I hope so. It's hard on my eyes when I look in a mirror. No way I want to capture and broadcast that image.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Nope, I dont care for a selfie camera... Regarding the main shooter: I need a basic - mostly automatic camera on my personal device, I rather have a low lite spec bump vs size of the resulting photo... If I need something little more specific - there are camera apps for all or specific features. If I need best photos - DSLR, period. Front camera is ONLY used for Facetime and that's it!

3. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2260; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

NEXT YEAR will have a lot to choose from so ill wait.

4. John.v2

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

still im wondering when will the day arrive ....when so much innovation will be brought to battery of smartphones.... speed of processors is enough..resolution is overkill.... camera's are too good for smartphones....battery capacities still struggling at 3000 mah and one day mark with moderate use.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Post of the day, hat's off to you, sir...

12. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

the day when you no longer need to plug your phone to charge, say byebye to cable, all that left is a transmitter installed in all building walls, vehicles, stations that wireless charge your phone whenever you go.

22. Jason2k13

Posts: 1446; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

what do you do with your phone? watch movies, videos and play games everyday? because for most people, the phones current batteries like the note 3 or Z2 are more than enough to meet peoples needs.

6. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

i hate selfie,

20. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

lol expected

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

i may if it has a good satisfactory processor and ram and nice screen(like htc desire 816,820,Eye,Lumia 720,etc)....but i also had the fact that some flagship has bad front camera.....im more inclines to quality than pixels

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i'm here to look at the photo slideshow, not much for the polls actually ;v

10. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

This poll will show sth unreal. Us, geeks, are usually not selfie crazed but the majority of young people and especially girls unfortunately are.

11. sar44

Posts: 278; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

There also very good main back camerahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPjZFCF-4UQ Did not notice any redness or blueness, yellow is where it is necessary, normal white, gray and brown. At Sony or Samsung something (or both) but would be manifested. Waiting for tests, perhaps it even surpass iPhones in color reproduction

13. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

maybe ill buy a "selfie phone" but not for taking selfie shots...but for a clearer video calling wth friends and family..

23. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest, that's the reason for my front side camera... but video calling will not improve with better camera - it's the transfer thru 4G that's the bottleneck, and at this point it's good enough to be smooth video but a little blurry if your internet connection in certain areas is slow...

15. sunday

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Phone should more of business and productivity than photo, self and game. Battery department need to be improved reducing the way the phones cpu and browsers consume battery. A battery of 3000amh should be able to last 4 days on a single charge which is muCh important than selfy

24. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

just to remind you, general consumers are not all about business...if you are a business man you understand why this kind of phone exist...htc's target market here is not business minded people. well i do agree on the battery side

18. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

I think all new phones should have a wide angle front facer as standard now. Though 13mpx is a bit much.

19. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

I love the selfie cam.

21. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I use rear camera for selfies lol.

26. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Sorry. I'm not Dorothy Wang.

27. TBomb

Posts: 1164; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Use the front camera all the time... never need good quality though...

28. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I do use the front cam every once in a while but I don't buy a phone solely based on the camera

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I could see boosting the front cam a little, like 4-5 MP with autofocus, but 13 MP? That's ridiculous.

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