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Why no rear facing camera?

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Initial post: Sep 10, 2012 10:39:25 AM PDT
Why doesn't the Kindle Fire 8.9 offer a rearward facing camera? What good is Facebook and E-mail on a device like this if I can't take a photo and immedately send/post it? will there at least be a way to jury rig one to the usb connection?
This thing sounds great, but there are a few holes . . . like how much battery life

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 10:45:44 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have a Pandigital Supernova tablet that I use sometimes. It has a rear camera. I have used it ONCE and that was just to test it out. If I feel I need to have a camera around I use my point & shoot digital or my smartphone camera. I just don't see holding up a 9-inch tablet to take a picture as being easy to do.

Can someone explain to me the situations where this is useful?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:52:01 AM PDT
You just can't please some people.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:52:48 AM PDT
because they didnt put a rear facing camera on it, simplest answer

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:02:45 AM PDT
Actually, there are quite a few reasons.
..Well, I don't have a smart phone, I have a very dumb phone. I'm retired and I'm trying to get the most bang for my buck.
..Also, I am literally blind in one eye and don't see too well out the other. A large screen would be great - take pic, touch it up, crop, whatever - send to facebook with a nice message. You'd be amazed how easy that would be for someone with limited sight, and how hard a smartphone is to use for someone to use with limited sight.
..BTW, I own two digital camera's and both have the old school aperture in addition to the little lcd screen. I can barely make out the screen picture and cannot see the icons etc at all.
..A friend of mine has an ipad with the rear facing camera. You would not believe how easy it made my life to use one device to do the tasks it presently take two or more devices to.
..Anyway, you'd be surprised how many people are in my predicament - technical savy of a twenty-something with the eyes a of a 66 year old.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:03:56 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
I believe they call such a device, where you can take a photo and immediately send/post it, a wifi-enabled Camera.

Such as this: (And it even has a touch screen)
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS 16.1 MP Wi-Fi Enabled CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Zoom 24mm Wide-Angle Lens with 1080p Full HD Video and 3.2-Inch Touch Panel LCD (Black)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:04:53 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:06:49 AM PDT
You really need to get an iPad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 11:06:50 AM PDT
BTW, why all the attitude to my post? If you can't actually think up a reason pro or con why bother to answer. Snarkiness is not a suitable substitute for inteligence.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:07:59 AM PDT
There was no snark. The Kindle Fire is not what you are looking for. You REALLY need to get an iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:08:11 AM PDT
i dont see any snark, just answers to your question the fact you dont like the answers doesnt make them snark
: )

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:08:27 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Thank you for responding.

I understand much better now. My mother is in her late 70's and wears trifocals. I know she has a hard time seeing through a viewfinder on camera as well as seeing the small buttons. She is very tech savvy for her age but draws the line at getting a smart phone. She enjoys her PC and her Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:08:37 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:09:36 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
As others have said an iPad may suit your needs more. You don't have to get the data plan with it. I know people who only sign up for the data plan if they know they will be traveling for a month..then they sign up for just one month.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:12:06 AM PDT
Artist says:
Just a couple of guesses:

1. This is a customer discusion forum, not CS, so why ask your questions about what Amazon decided to include in a device here?

2. There has been an increasing number of people in the past few days whining/complaining/having tantrums about what the new Fires don't include, and people are tired of it. If a device doesn't offer what you seek, find a device that does. If that device costs more money, it's *because* of those extra features.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:14:47 AM PDT
Thanks for the reply T. I actually did buy this camera, but found it really hard to get around the 3.2" screen - I would say that the text on the screen was no more than 3 or 4 points - way too small. Even setting it up was almost impossible.
BTW, I gave the camera to my daughter, she loves it. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a this type of device.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:46:46 AM PDT
Actually Blaiz, I posted this here because it isn't cs, but a user discussion forum. CS always just tells you it can't be done, users tell you how to get around the problem. I guess I should have posted why I need the work-around along with asking if there was one.
Nothing has changed as far as my desiring the Fire over the ipad. The Fire is 40% cheaper, it 4G, the data plan is cheaper than apples, and most importantly, I wouldn't be dealing with Apple. $499 vs $799 for the 3G IS a big deal. And remember, this is supposed to be Amazons "ipad killer"
BTW, if you folks could have heard my voice instead of merley being able to read my words, you would have realized that my asking why the Fire doesn't include a second camera wasn't a complaint more than it was a comment that I have a problem.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 11:57:50 AM PDT
Artist says:
AVC, I understand what you're saying, but your original post asked about why was a hardware feature was not included in the new Fires. How are other customers supposed to know? There's no way for anyone to give you a work-around for hardware that isn't included.

I would imagine that Amazon did extensive market research and discovered that front facing cameras are not that important to most people. *Most* people is their target audience. If they can leave out certain hardware, they can charge less for their devices.

I do hope you are able to find what you need for not too much more money.

I agree with you about Apple -- I will not contribute to their quest for world domination. I would not welcome them as our new computer overlords. LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 12:05:33 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Do you need the 3G/4G data plan?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 12:34:15 PM PDT
It would be nice to have. I could use my wifi connection while at home or at places that have hotspots, and use the 4g when I'm at places like the ballgame. let's face it, at $49 a year, it's almost a throwaway cost - not sure how long 250 meg for a month will last though.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 12:37:28 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
250 meg doesn't last long. I use about twice that on my smart phone just checking email, facebook (maybe I do that more than I should ..hehe) and updating a few apps each month. But the price does is great and would be a nice feature for at least checking email when out (not every day).

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 12:48:01 PM PDT
Dave89rr says:
AVCustomer, 250MB won't get you far. You'll be able to download books, but I wouldn't recommend surfing much and Streaming is absolutely out of the question. Though I agree, $49 is not bad at all. It used to cost (for AT&T smartphones) $15/month for 250MB, now it's gone up to $20/month for 300Megs. I personally use about 5GB of internet on my smartphone a month, but I use it for both work and personal reasons, so there's a lot of stuff syncing all the time (MANY calendars, at least 7 e-mail accounts, VOiP calls, etc).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 1:03:26 PM PDT
> Blaiz, You have to realize that I'm pretty old school and I've forgotten how computers have changed over the years. I didn't realize that this is a true End Users forum - where you hash out problems with what you've been given. I was hoping more along the lines of adding something like attaching a logitech usb video camera, getting an existing app, or maybe just some code to an existing app, and doing it that way.
> I guess user forums have changed from when I first started using them. I'm pretty much a fossil of computing, started out with card punch/readers, giant 10 megabyte disk packs, assembler code - most of my professional life has consisted of working with equipment that's now in the finer land fills of America. The last Apple product of any type that I owned was an Apple II+. After Woz left, so did I. Anyway:
> In the last couple of hours I looked into this a little deeper and it seems that I will be able to use either of digital cameras, or my digital video recorder, connect the camera to the existing port, and from what I've seen of the original Fire tablet, I should be able to place the image or video into fb by reading the camera as a device.
> Hell, it looks like I'll be able to buy the 8.9"Fire HD 4G for my birthday/xmas gift, Buy the 7" FIre to run my TV/Entertainment system (get rid of my old laptop wired to the setup) and still have it be less than the ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 3:51:27 PM PDT
TexasMama37 says:
I don't have a smartphone. My digital camera sucks battery power, so I don't carry it with me anymore. I do carry my Android tablet with me, though, since I charge it every night. So I take lots of pictures with it. I'd gladly buy the new Fire if it had a rear facing camera and sell my tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2012 10:52:44 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I've seen a few people taking pics with their tablets - while it might work great, it does look kinda stupid like holding a sheet of paper up in front of you

couldn't you hold it in front of you and frame and shoot over your shoulder? You'd still be able to see the image
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