June 30, 2011


After bringing the kids home from a karate class the other night, Beth commented you know, we're always snapping photos with our phones so we forget to actually take cameras when we might want them. It was a good point. While I was interviewing people that evening, Beth had snapped a couple shots of the kids doing karate together on her phone and sent them to me. They were great but not exactly print-out-worthy.

But then I thought hey, I bet I have a lot of shots on my phone I've never really taken a good look at. And I was right. I had over 600 pictures I'd shot on my phone. Look!

So my question is this - is your cell phone replacing gadgets like cameras?

Posted by Chris at June 30, 2011 7:08 AM

Nope, I have a dumb phone. I use it only for (*gasp*) making phone calls and the occasional one or two word text.

Posted by: Elizabeth at June 30, 2011 7:45 AM

Yup, but mostly because my cameras roll over and die within a year or two, and I never remember to replace them for months on end - so my cheap phone records most of my life now - when the memory isn't full :/

Posted by: Julee at June 30, 2011 8:39 AM

Ummm YES! I was just commenting on this yesterday. I have to replace my phone because I dropped it and smashed the screen. I thought,"I should really upload all those photos I have in there, just in case... Holy Crap, I have over 700 photos!!"

Posted by: varinia at June 30, 2011 9:01 AM

I have a lovely digital SLR and a pocket-sized, great quality Canon and I use neither. All pics are taken with my phone. Sigh.

At least the iPhone 4 has a decent camera.

Posted by: Erin at June 30, 2011 9:22 AM

Not mine. I take very few pictures with my cell phone. My cell is just my phone for now.

Posted by: Maribeth at June 30, 2011 9:24 AM

Yes - I use my IPhone ALOT for pictures....because I can send them to someone immediately or upload them to facebook.
I find myself with my phone in one hand and my camera in the other sometimes! So I can send instantly with one and zoom with the other.

Posted by: NancyB at June 30, 2011 9:30 AM

Nope. My cell phone has a nice 8MP camera in it, but I hate the camera interface. The shutter button is awful, and holding the thing still enough to use the touchscreen while framing a shot is painful. That's the one thing I don't use my phone for.

Posted by: J at June 30, 2011 10:00 AM

Yes, but it's not quite there. It's very close. With a better lens, I think it could replace my point-and-shoot altogether.

Posted by: Brad at June 30, 2011 11:03 AM

My phone is a phone. Nothing more, nothing less (except it will reluctantly text).

Posted by: ann adams at June 30, 2011 11:19 AM

Yeah, it is, because it's always with me and pretty soon, with iCloud and PhotoStream, I won't even have to plug my phone into my computer to get those photos backed up. I am still not a master of taking photos with my phone; they always seem blurry. I have several camera apps, but I primarily use the one that came with my iPhone and Hipstamatic. I have Camera+; maybe I'll give it a go.

I use voice memos instead of writing things down, Evernote instead of bookmarks, iBooks and Kindle.app instead of hard copy books, mSpot instead of having all my tunes resident on my phone.

I love having everything in one place.

Posted by: Brooke at June 30, 2011 12:09 PM

I don't use my home computer as much, I don't use my camera as much. Which is really sad, as we just adopted two dogs. One is an all black cocker spaniel - and without a flash - he simply looks like a black blob in every picture.

Posted by: Mindy at June 30, 2011 12:48 PM

Absolutely, I've lost my digital a long time ago. All I use now is my iPhone!

Posted by: Josh at June 30, 2011 1:05 PM

I just got an iPhone a couple of weeks ago and think the camera is pretty wonderful. But, I am a pretty decent amature shooter and love my DSLR way too much. I love the way that big ol' camera feels in my hands and I love all the things I can do with it. Like shooting in low light, off a tripod. The pictures I took during Snomageddon and of the Super Moon and the Clarendon Cup (to name a few) could never have been shot with a phone with a built in camera.

Truth be told, for the first year I had my DSLR I felt like I was cheating on my now retired F3 film camera. I may have to break it out again soon for old time sake.

Posted by: Foggy Dew at June 30, 2011 2:15 PM

To be honest, my cell phone is used as little more than an alarm clock. I barely even phone with it (I loathe the phone in general and the cell phone in particular). I have been known to text people, but it's rare. And I've only taken 3 photos (in 18 months) with it, all of my cat. That said, I don't have many gadgets anyway (no iPod-MP3-MP4 bla bla, not even sure what most of them are for). I do have a digital camera, and I use it occasionally. For music, I still buy CDs, I still buy actual books (no Kindle-type thingy, no iPad obviously). Sometimes I feel like I'm living in the Dark Ages... (hell, I still have cassettes from my youth... and VHS videos...).

Posted by: Kirsty at June 30, 2011 7:42 PM

When I remember, I think I take some good pictures. But that requires me remembering. And when I can borrow someone's DSLR, I kind of... I feel like I have this magic item in my hands. But they're expensive.

So yeah, phone.

Posted by: alektra at June 30, 2011 10:34 PM

Sometimes but only because in less than a minute I can take a great shot and send it out to family and friends that are all so far away (cell phone) I have been meaning to do better with the camera because I am always barking at my parents for not taking any pictures of anything while we were growing up and I want to have more of our life in print for all the kids to see. We usually "forget" to bring the camera because both my husband and I suck at getting pics off the memory cards and despite have a few for each camera, they are all full.

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