Well, something is happening and I'm not sure what I should think about these development. After Samsung has banned camera phones in certain areas, also the German car manufactures following this way. According to an article in heise online, Volkswagen (VW) is going to ban camera phones as well like Audi and BMW already did. It would be just a question of time and I'm sure it's just the beginning.
While I fully understand why companies are going this way, it reminds me a little bit a discussion I had with a Nokia user a while back. He was laughing about my Smartphone because it has such an out of fashion clip-on camera only while his "hancy fancy" phone has a camera already included. Well, honestly I would like to have a Smartphone with built-in camera also but if I make a step back and watch the news above I should reconsider my wish.
My GSM phone is more then just a toy, it's a business essential for me and the imagination to get my phone banned if I enter a company and have to hand it over to the reception, like Cowboys had to do it 100 years ago with their colts when they entered Tucson City, makes me a little bit nervous. Not because I have to give a 500 US$ device out of my hands but because I wouldn't be reachable anymore nor I would have some important data (like phone numbers) with me. So reconsidering what my phone is for me I have to admit it's more a tool for voice calls and data access then a photo camera.
Having this in mind I'm not sure anymore if it is such a good idea to have a camera integrated into phones; if you also use it for business. Sure - I still like the idea to have the cam build-in but having it as an external clip-on accessory gives me even more freedom to use it almost everywhere.
So maybe this is a kind future conversation?
- "Hey pal, what's up with your phone? No cam included? Boooring... My hancy fancy xyz has a cam with optical zoom, flash and video capabilities; I never would buy such a phone you use anymore" 8)
- "Yes, I know" :-(
- "Hey pal, would you mind to loan me your phone? I had to hand over mine because I wasn't allowed to use it here" :oops:
- "You want my phone? Sure, but I thought it's to boring?" :lol:
Maybe within this context the news, that the new Motorola Smartphone doesn't includes a cam (which is heavily discussed in the community) becomes a complete new perspective? Specially because the target market for that phone is the business market.
So what's the better option - build-in cams or clip-on cameras like the PPCW.Net i-Mate has? I'm still not sure but it's an interesting new facet.
Cheers ~ Arne