I was surprised to read some of the posts on here about the doubts that people will rarely use the front facing camera feature on cell phone. The reasons I have read are people rarely use the cell phone for well an actual phone and have usually on text and surf the net. I would argue that the ffc feature to a phone brings us back in touch with speaking to people live and face to face over long distances, allowing us to reconnect with people in new and better way.
As a Realtor this would be an invaluable tool to be able to speak to a client face to face when you cannot meet with them in person. It gives that needed personal touch which a text message or phone call lacks. As time goes by this may even replace texting entirely as the technology improves to make it easier to video conference in almost any place you might be.
So though it seems like a novelty now as texting use to be. Once it goes main stream it will be hard to turn back. And honestly any one who has watched star trek, SG1, and the like should realize how this will really take off. the new IPAD is slated to have a FFC for use with skyp and other apps. Its here to stay and the tech will only get more sophisticated and easier to use in devices in the next few years.
So to the cell phone makers... FFC on your smart phones should be a standard... I love the droid X but the only thing holding me back fom buying it is no FFC... an issue I am sure will be corrected by the end of the year
I think its the greatest thing that's happened to cell phones. It should have been a default item a long time ago like its been in Japan and most of Europe for years now.
i seriously doubt this. Video calling is for those people that have a lot of time to waste staring at a phone while on it. The rest of us that are busy doing other things while on the phone cant sit and stare at a small camera on the phone.
as time goes on and on we get busier and busier.
I would agree with most of you as well... I think the FFC feature would be cool for a house phone hooked up to broadband and maybe having these types of phones at work, hotels, etc would be good for the face time.
But I dont see why we cannot utilize the usb port of the Droid X phones and similar phones with usb port to connect a micro camera which faces you or build a case that hooks up to the usb port and relocates it to the top of phone or a case that attached with built in video camera? Think it would be a cheap option... just thinking about how we use computers and all the items we plug in via usb. Obviously dont want an amry swiss knife type thing going on =)
Its not going to be a "Quality" camera, it isnt known if they will work on 3G or wifi only, we dont need more distracted drivers video conferencing at 70MPH, and I see it only being used as a "junk" cam. Maybe you can check out your ear wax problems too, IDK.
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