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ASUS Explains Why the Nexus 7 Doesn’t have a Rear Camera

by Brandon Russell | July 19, 2012July 19, 2012 2:30 pm PDT

nexus-7It makes sense for smartphones to have great cameras. People have them practically every second of everyday, meaning those “I Wish I Had a Camera” moments are no longer an issue. Cameras in tablets? That’s different.

With the Nexus 7 finally hitting consumers hands, ASUS felt it was necessary to participate in a Q & A session to explain how it approached the device. One question — Why is there no rear camera? — was of particular interest.

According to ASUS, one wasn’t included mainly because of price. “Adding a lower quality rear facing camera would compromise on the overall user experience so the decision was made not to include a rear facing camera therefore keeping the price down and user experience extremely high,” ASUS said.

Basically, there’s no point in including a camera for the sake of having one.

ASUS also argued that “many users would not have a use” for a rear facing camera, and I tend to agree. For such a price, Nexus 7 owners need to realize it’s not such a horrible compromise.

How many of us consider a rear facing to be a must-have tablet feature?

[via SlashGear]


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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