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December 17, 2011 • Gear Bits

Why You NEED a Front-Facing Smartphone Camera

I discovered this week the ultimate reason for a front-facing camera. No, it wasn’t for a Skype call, or Facetime, or to take a profile picture for a website. See, I was sitting at my desk, eating an everything bagel for lunch, when I had a business associate drop in unexpectedly. Great, except I’d just been eating a bagel full of seeds, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself with a big old poppy seed in my teeth. And the bathrooms in my office are in the hallway past the lobby, so I couldn’t escape to check.

My solution? I fired up my iPhone camera, switched to front view, checked to make sure I was presentable, and then had a successful meeting. If the iPhone could dispense breath mints it would be the perfect business companion!

Have you come up with a creative way to use the iPhone camera? Let us know in the comments!

9 Responses to " Why You NEED a Front-Facing Smartphone Camera "

  1. David says:

    Ha! I had a similar realization! Well, actually it was my girlfriend that suggested it to me…I still cant believe I didn’t think of it. Anyway, we were at a store and I was trying on hats (for the winter) and they didn’t have any mirrors around. I was getting a little annoyed when my girlfriend suggested that I just use my phones front facing camera. Worked like a charm! 

  2. I can’t tell you how many times I have done this. 😉 Great tip! =)

  3. Anonymous says:

    “Have you come up with a creative way to use the iPhone camera?”

    Could have sworn I saw a front-facing camera on my neighbor’s Nexus S…

  4. Greg_moynihan says:

    I use the rear camera and light to trace wires and find lost toys inside a cramped media cabinet

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