Front-facing cameras on phones are taking over the mobile space. Led by the iPhone 4′s “FaceTime” camera, we finally have the wireless bandwidth and devices powerful enough to do real-time video chat. While I’m sure most people have Skyped or iChatted on their laptop at some point or another, it’s a whole different experience holding the camera and display in your hand and being able to walk around and video chat with someone, or even do it on a train / bus / car ride / anywhere.
It’s not only the iPhone 4 that can do this, however. While Android lacks a built-in app to do video calling, many Android devices now come with a front-facing camera and the software required to use it. If you’re looking for a phone for video calling, here are your device options, by carrier.
Unfortunately there are no devices on Verizon right now with front-facing cameras. If this is a feature you are looking for, there should be several launching along with Verizon’s new 4G network. Here’s a list of those — Verizon has not announced official release dates for these devices, but they should be out by mid-2011:
Much the same as Verizon, AT&T doesn’t have any phones with front cameras on the market today, but at least one is in the pipeline:
Sprint is your best bet for video chat, as it has two phones on the market today with front-facing cameras (even a budget-priced one!) , and more planned to be released in the near future:
T-Mobile also has a few phones out now with front cameras, including the brand new Samsung Nexus S.
Chat away, my friends.