Most of today's mobile phones as well as all Smartphones (except the first generation phones) but also many Pocket PCs and Pocket PC Phone Editions have a camera today - in different qualities. From QCIF to 1.2 Megapixel and some (regular phones) even have 2 Megapixel cameras with auto focus instead of widely used fixed focus technology.
As always, if you have something new, you have to find the cases you want to use it for. An MP3 player is easy, listening music on the go and a camera seems to be a low-brainer too, snapping photos - but in which situations do you snap pictures and what do you do with the shots?
Mostly I'm using my camera in the following situations and I wonder how you use it?
- Snapshots: Sure I make snapshots to store it on the device (sometimes I even transfer the shots to my Media Center) and share it with others by showing it right on the device display.
- Sharing: Also, from time to time I share these snapshots via MMS. In 2001, when I bought my first MMS camera enabled phone (a Ericsson T68m) it wasn't that easy to share these pictures via MMS because most of my friends hadn't had a MMS enabled phone. However, time has changed and now most of my friends have a MMS enabled (camera) phone where I can send the photos to.
- Reminder: Since I'm a consultant, I'm traveling pretty often by airplane and if you are in the parking garage it can becomes a serious problem to remember in the evening or next day where you have parked your car. This is one of the cases where I'm using my device fairly often to make a photo, either of the parking lot or of the environment to remember where I have parked my car, like last weekend when I traveled to Paris:
Another reminder for me is to photograph white boards during meetings - as a kind of task or idea reminder.
As you can see above, there are many reasons to use the camera of your device, even if it can not compete (today) with a regular digital camera. What do you use your camera for, if you use it or don't you use it at all since the quality is too poor for the cases you would like to use it?
Cheers ~ Arne