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Windows Phone Central Poll - Do you use your Front Facing camera?

WP Central

It's pretty but do you use it?

We’re not going to deny that in today’s smartphone world, if you’re going to sell a high-end Windows Phone (or even mid-range) a front-facing camera is a must. Presumably used for face-to-face video call, the technology has been around for years but is only becoming mainstream since 2011.

In Windows Phone 8, users will have Skype and other VOIP options built seamlessly into the OS, offering a fluid experience akin to making “regular” phone calls. And with 4G LTE finally gaining ground nationally here in the US, data bandwidth seems more than adequate for video conferencing.

While all of that sounds good the question for us to you who currently have a front-facing camera is do you use it?

It seems silly to ask but we never use ours except for a few times to test Tango Video or Skype. Other than that we can’t be bothered with the technology. But we’ve often seen those with children using FaceTime on the iPhone to keep in touch, so perhaps we’re in the minority here. The view seems to be that everyone wants a front-facing camera and it's a must-have feature but few of us are actually using it. Are we wrong?

So go forth people, be honest and take our poll. If you do use it, tell us in comments how often. If you don't, let us know why you don't. Too awkward, not enough data speed? Will widespread adoption of Windows Phone 8 and Skype across Microsoft change things?

 

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cckgz4 says:

Only a few times

gorebashd says:

Yup. Use it to Skype with friends and family. Also works great to take pics of the kids and I to send to family members that live in other countries

abdulgafoor says:

Using it everyday for Skype.

Once Skype is baked into the OS it would be awesome experience!

amucin_0418 says:

I use it all the time. My girlfriend being in another country, it really is very important for me to have a ffc. I have an HTC Radar but would have preferred to buy the Nokia lumia 800 with it's larger storage and amoled display but the deal breaker being that it has no front facing camera.

djctz says:

Nope not really...

Stanvx says:

Yes but once Skype is integrated I'll use it much more!

cliff08er says:

Just a few times.

ZuNuKoo says:

HTC Trophy, Don't have one. I think it would use it though for Skype. And tango video chat. And I'd use it as a mirror of I was out. Or take a picture of myself for a photo editing app.

SleepyTheDon says:

I had a Trophy that's how I got hooked great little phone. I use my FFC to talk to people all the time when im in WiFi since AT&T doesn't have unlimited data...

GTRoberts says:

FWIW - the last HTC Radar firmware update broke the front facing camera :-(

Mine works just fine. Which one are you talking about?

Glim12808 says:

My HTC Radar has the latest firmware and the FFC works just fine.
But have used the FFC probably twice just to test it in Tango and Skype. Normally, I just use voice to do either Tango or Skype.

funkyGeneral says:

If I had it on my Lumia 800 I would be using it.

Lemme.See says:

HSPA has always been adequate for video conferencing. This should be a mobile nations wide poll.

GDannyboy says:

Yes, at least once a month to capture myself in a shot. I would miss it if it was not there. HTC Titan II

sumsk7 says:

I would use it if Verizon offered a front facing WP7. :'(

jtshorns says:

Yep use it to tango all the time

Dagolara says:

I don't have one but if I did I wouldn't use it

Judge_Daniel says:

I have a Trophy, so that's a no go, but my roommate has a L900 and she uses the FFC to make sure there is nothing on her face, in her teeth, her makeup and hair are fine, etc. She uses it after just about every meal and when she gets in the car.

hary536 says:

I think, there should have been one more option in the poll for someone and probably many people like me: 1-5 times every couple of months.

DemiNutive says:

I've only used it a few times here and there mainly for Skype and such

Arsenic17 says:

A few times for Skype I use it. Mostly use it for taking photos of my wife and I together going things.

Miistercoool says:

Only to take pics or as a mirror but not for Skype...if my girlfriend had wp7 other than her hd7 which doesn't have a front facing camera then maybe I would Skype. I have the Titan by the way.

Bushybro says:

All the time, skype

Ton77 says:

Not really. Just nice to have.

xirsteon says:

HD7, don't have but it'll come handy once in a while. Only problem when I use the rear one is after a while my phone gets hot and starts to get uncomfortable to hold. So may be on a tablet..perhaps...more..
I've to admit tho, the rear cam comes handy once in a while when I need to show friends something without having to reach out for my thinkpad.

rtarkovski says:

Sometimes I use it instead of mirror))

vijax21 says:

Not even a single time..

I'm a US Air Force firefighter and work 48 hour shifts away from my 20 month old daughter. I use the camera via Tango to talk to my wife and daughter while at work. It really is pretty great to be able to "see" them while at work.

TPM50 says:

Used it once when I bought my phone to make sure it worked. Other than that I couldn't care less about it.

zigzagr says:

Use it occasionally

SaviorXX9 says:

Nope... I really don't care bout it

EMajor75 says:

Just a couple of times to try out Tango and Skype but not on a regular basis.

phil.rick says:

Only on occasion. Pretty much to take a rare photo of myself + someone. Of course Skype and Tango force me to use it as well.

jsayz says:

Yep, video calls to my wife and to send her pictures!

MediaCastleX says:

Its the ONLY good way to take self portraits! =D

lippidp says:

I used it once by accident, saw my face, and quickly turned it off.

NH3MAN says:

I know exactly what you mean. Hate using it... HaHa

monigal2 says:

Not much, hardly ever

trazer says:

Not once. Don't plan on it ever either.

I also do not know anyone who uses the ffc at all.

RDeckard says:

Same here. What's the use case? Your kids live in a different country and you just have to Skype with them while sitting in a bus instead of doing that from home or the office? I never understood it. 

PolishHitta says:

I use it only.for face to face conversations via Skype. No other reason beyond that

colbey427 says:

Don't use it, but would if Skype was integrated.

Deejay Ron says:

Love using front facing camera for Skype, Tango and taking self pics instead of standing in the mirrow.

OMG55 says:

Very little; the call quality of tango and Skype isn't good enough to use routinely. Also most people don't use ffc on calls, we just talk traditionally

black_lion says:

Yes. My parents are missionaries in Mexico and they have to be able to see their grandchild regularly somehow.

Bushybro says:

Same here, parents live in the virgin islands, great for them to see the grandkids

OMG55 says:

I can appreciate your situation and admire your parents for spreading the gospel

joanzen says:

Never. Not even once.

mmoses1978 says:

I wish my HD7 had it, my wife's HTC Radar has it.

sdreamer says:

I use it quite a bit, maybe almost regularly. The times I use it are generally when I'm with my girlfriend, and we're out somewhere and I want to check in on Facebook and add a photo of the both of us. It works really well for these things and for Facebook.

HeyCori says:

I never thought I would but I use it often.  Usually for comical shots with friends or a niece/nephew.  It helps that the 900 has a decent FFC. 

Use mine for Skype all the time.

mlfj4901 says:

Use it for taking pictures with me and the wife at games and of the kids at family get togethers

Seldom when using Skype

Are you kidding me??? I love my FFC and use it every chance I get. Skype, Tango, pictures, flirting (lol). This was the one thing I was missing with my previous WP(HTC Arrive). Now that I have it (Nokia Lumia 900) I can barely put it down. Every month since April I've gone over my 5GB data allotted by 1GB. Only thing I wish I could use it for is conferencing while I'm away from work instead of my PC. I really wish other video conferencing apps were available from the big names in the WP market, or at least third-party apps. :-)

JoseCortesP says:

I used to have a Samsung Focus flash (now with the girlfriend), and I'm sure she used 400% more times the ffc in a month than me in 4. So that's why I have a shinny new white lumia 800

JoseCortesP says:

And she only takes pics of herself with it... Facebook pics off course

RaRa85 says:

I have used mine a few times to Skype with my wife. Actually I would really love to use it a lot more but my friends never get on Skype or don't answer my Tango calls except for every once in a while.lol Lazy bumbs. But definitely using it all the time this fall when the baby arrives(our first) and I'm at work and stuff. My wife will just have to get used to it.lol Also I do use it to take pictures of myself or when my wife and I are out together.

RaRa85 says:

But I have tested most of the phones' ffc and I have to say the Lumia 900 has the best one of any phone I've tried.

Micfur says:

I don't have one, but I don't think it would be used. My friends don't use their ffc.

Lx23 says:

Nope, never used it that much with my previous phones. That's why I now have a phone that doesn't have a front facing camera. To be honest, I started using phones with front facing cameras in 2008. Since then I only made about 4 calls using the camera. Never really used it to take pictures coz let's be honest, those cameras are crap. That technology is completely useless to me.

rickylitz says:

Yes, use with Skype, Tango and taking picture with my children. It would be nice to use it as a facial recognition to enter the phone.

JLJSR427 says:

Once in awhile to see if it still works

truffle1234 says:

Every day... And love it as I am on Skype with family, business partners overseas...

sepatown says:

Used it like twice since I got my Lumia 900 back in April.

kinect_dev says:

There needs to be another category: "I have an earlier WP7 that doesn't have a front-facing camera."

NIST says:

DVP here, and there must have been 100 times I wish I had one to use.

PhilR8 says:

I used it once just to see if it worked.

Shantek says:

Never use mine either. But I like to have it in case I do want to use it

bevt says:

No and it's much too brutal for a mirror

PsychoG says:

I would use the front facing camera if I had one. I have used them on other phones of siblings that have them, and the biggest issue I'm encountering is that the front-facing cameras have low quality. Pictures don't look so good. I love taking pictures of myself with family members or just of me. They should make the same pixels for the front cameras as that of the rear.

Dethzilla says:

Yes.... For pics

blends says:

Nope. It's the one feature I don't care about.

BK-one says:

Tango with my kids everyday.. Sometimes 3 or 4 times a day. They are 5 year olds twins with iPod touches. They and I love it.

reloaded17 says:

Definitely use it with my kids. Tango them from my phone to their iPad at home.

Nope, but I don't have any kids either :)

Ticomfreak says:

I'm a "kiddie" ;) don't use it much outside of using it as a mirror and the once a month Skype call.

agm353 says:

Rarely, but it's a feature I'll pay more for in a phone.

LightBulbIT says:

The reason why you don't see many CALLS (what you would notice because pictures are so common nobody notices anymore) is the same reason why most people aren't on the speakerphone in public. It's like watching two people argue out loud in public. It kinda makes everyone uncomfortable. The CAMERA people use for self portraits and group photos all the time. They should probably out a better camera on the front for those who like to take pictures of themselves :-)

bigbruce7 says:

Use it to tango with the few friends that have the app. Skype outbound to friends when I see them online. Would use it even more if Skype could receive inbound calls. I use my PC or iPad for inbound right now.

rcciren says:

Rarely use it on my Lumia 900

I hardly use mine its good to have good ol' star trek lol cam phone

nalinbarola says:

Yup....i do use..

alukard says:

As the old saying goes "... Its better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it..."
Plus its also an annoying bullet point that everyone would pock on in comparison to the competition that have it.

I've used it a few times in Skype, which I think is cool and will be awesome in WP8 integration.

Bagsy says:

Lumia 900 and I use it regularly to Skype friends and family abroad. And as a mirror. And to discreetly take pics of the weirdo on the bus behind me and post on Facebook :-D

Freuder says:

Keep forgetting it's there (HTC Titan)

LightBulbIT says:

That's what THEY want you to do ;-)

dalydose says:

I use it a lot. I do some video blogging and use the front cam canto shoot myself. I also take self portraits. I've only used tango and Skype, once each.

mjrtoo says:

Doubt I would use it much, coming from a guy without one currently.

TofuDelight says:

I've used it a lot. I've used it to try on new glasses, for Skype, to take photos and video of me and my daughter, and as a mirror to look at my kid in the backseat while driving.

DesRed says:

I voted 'no', even though I don't own a Lumia 900 (Lumia 800 user here, by the way).  I voted based on the previous phones I use that have them. Understandable if people want to keep in touch with their family, friends or loved ones while on the go (provided that they sign up to a good plan), but I prefer to do that with a PC's webcam compared to that of a phone.

uopjo6 says:

Don't have it on my Lumia 800 but I don't really use it much on my iPhone either. Depends though..when I am away on a trip I use it almost everyday with Facetime, but then again I can do that with my webcam so it's not really necessary. 

Users would love to have the option though even if you don't use it much. As long as its there as an option you could use it if necessary or if you turn narcotic. 

AndreHBuss says:

I use with Skype and Tango.

Nakazul says:

No use for FF, never was in the middle of 2000, still isn't. But for a company using video conference its great, but only for companys.

soundguise says:

I don't do the skype or Tango video call thing often but the camera is invaluable when I do. I also use it from time to time for that arm's length group photo that always takes multiple tries when I try to take it with the rear camera.

WinFan1 says:

i barely use it for skype and tango aside from that i have no real reason too i hate taking pics of myself and i hate other people taking pics of themselves on my phone when they ask me to see it. its pretty useless i kinda wish i had a lumia 800 instead of a lumia 900 just because i prefer the size but i have no complaints lol

brandoshido says:

I tried it once or twice and went "cool. That's neat." other than that, nope.

cae758 says:

I have never used it, but can see the potential for specific occasions. For example, if someone wanted real time verification on a product, item, etc. But even then, most people just text or email a picture.

Bernard Wei says:

Yes, and sometimes for checking my teeth after dinner ;-)

DavidinCT says:

I have a Trophy with out a front camera.... I would want my wife to go an get one...

Excellent poll... Now I know my audience for Video Diary (one of the WPCentral's "must-have" apps) is about 1/3 of WP users. That's great :)