Tablets should only have one camera

Evan Selleck
Contributing Editor from  Arizona
| July 2, 2014

When Apple's original iPad launched, I loved playing around with that device for quite some time. I'd probably say that my fascination with the device lasted a good couple months. I'd use it every single day, find new apps just to try different things on it (not that there were many back then), and I loved watching people play games on it. But then the honeymoon ended, and eventually it started to gather dust.

Since then, I've used a lot of tablets. From Windows-based, to Android devices, and back to the number of iPad models released since the original's launch, I've gone back-and-forth so frequently all with one goal in mind: to find the right tablet for me, the device that I'd finally use more than just a few times, over the course of a few days, before eventually just casting it aside.

There was a very long time there where I thought it wasn't ever going to work. It didn't even matter that there were tablets out there that I liked. Google's Nexus 7. Apple's iPad mini. Microsoft's Surface Pro 2. There were more in there, scattered about, but it ultimately didn't matter how much I liked them, or thought they were cool devices. I always stopped using them.

Much like my fellow Editor, Anna, I was realizing that maybe tablets weren't meant for me.

That may still be the case, even if I finally did figure out a reason to keep a tablet in the end. I didn't keep it for myself, and I still don't use it every day, but I no longer care about that because the tablet isn't for me. It's for my daughters, and they love learning with it, and playing games when they can. It probably doesn't technically count as me finding a tablet, but I'm going to count it anyway.

You know what I've never understood? Why tablets have two cameras. It honestly boggles my mind. And it isn't because I think people look ridiculous when I see them taking pictures with their tablets. (I did at first, but I quickly got over it.) However, the camera in your phone is oftentimes a better option for that perfect shot. (Unless it isn't.)

I see it happen quite a bit, actually. Which is fine, for the most part, but I've always just thought that tablets serve more of a purpose as a device for video calling. Or maybe a device for selfies. I don't know. I do know that the camera on the back of a tablet has always seemed strange to me. Plus, if we got rid of the camera in the back, manufacturers could probably drop the price of their tablets, too. Win-win for everyone, right?

Well, you'll tell me if it is or not, I'm hoping. Do you take pictures with your tablet, or do you know someone who does? Have you seen it happen? Do you think tablets should only come with a front-facing camera, too?