Rarely mentioned in the tech world, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus actually has something to brag about in the camera department: a front-facing camera capable of taking 720p HD videos, according to a report from Geek.com.
Pundits previously centered their Galaxy Nexus criticism on its back camera for its mere 5-megapixel resolution, whereas competition — such as the iPhone 4S and the HTC Rezound — already dictates 8 MP to be the norm. That argument, however, gradually dissipates, as visual quality is compared and then finding out hardly any notable superiority of phones with higher MP resolutions.
Samsung has rather kept mum when it comes to the Galaxy Nexus’ front camera, although the company should have showcased the feature as a breakthrough and one of the first with 720p abilities. Video calls through apps such as FaceTime and Google Hangouts are settling down as common communication tools for people and they naturally demand front-cameras with remarkable capability.
Sure, a VGA front camera, such as the one on the iPhone 4S, is already superb in recording video as well as in video chats. But HD capability will make a clear difference if you video chat with someone on a computer with a larger screen.
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By the way, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t seem to transmit videochat in 720p, which kind of negates the whole purpose. I tested over Skype on a wifi connection and it only transmitted in 320×240! Same with Gmail chat video.
The front camera for video chatting is actually awful on the galaxy nexus. My old HTC incredibleS was much better.