March 20, 2007
Dear CNET members,
How do you feel about having cameras on your cell phones? Do you think they're useful or are they just toys? Wait--before you answer that, let me guess. The majority of you will answer, "It's a toy!" OK, I'm not guessing, because based on a previous poll that I presented, well over 50 percent of you answered "Nothing else! It's a phone!", when asked what you did with your phone besides making calls--which leads me to assume many of you don't care much for having a camera on your phone.
I use to think the same way, that having a camera on my phone was more of a novelty. But after some use here and there, I find it very useful, and I will continue to buy phones with cameras built in. Why? Here are a few examples of my usage. My kids: You never know when you'll have a unique "Kodak moment" that you'll want to capture and share with the wife or the grandparents. In case of an auto accident: It gives you photo documentation of the damage done and the location. Shopping: It helps identify the correct thing to buy, especially when my wife makes a request for something that I have no clue about. She takes a photo of the item, and I'm off to buy it--no mistakes. Sure, the photo quality from my cell phone isn't great but even a poor photo is worth a thousand words, so I find it very useful to have one. But enough of what I think. What's your opinion about the camera on your cell phone? Do you find it to be useful, and for what purposes do you use it? Or do you think it's a novelty item and still just a toy? Tell us all about it in the latest Make the call discussion and share with the rest of what you think.
This week's hot topic:
Are camera phones useful or just toys?
Some call cell phones with cameras a joke, yet others find them very useful. When asked in our latest Make the Call discussion, many of our members swung by to tell us what they thought.
"Helped in an auto accident"
"Back in the early 80s, I started carrying a pocket camera and a flash in my car in case of an accident. Back then, it came in handy when I was T-boned at an intersection. With pictures the other guy's insurance paid up..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member RussB"Camera phones... who needs them?"
"Nice toy, but what I really need is a phone that acts like a phone at a reasonable price without all the junk added on. Problem is, the best-working phones add all the junk and jack up the price while the cheap phones..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member zysmith"Camera phones provide real service"
"In the past several months in this area (Nova Scotia), camera phones have done a great service to individuals, and the media has used their pictures on TV. A government official was tracked down after a hit-and-run..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member nscaveSpeak Up!
Whether you like it or not, more and more phones today are featuring cameras built right into them. So the question is, do you find them useful to have and use, or would you consider this feature more of a toy? Tell us all the reasons they are useful, or why you couldn't care less about them.
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