Design

Do You Take Photographs With Your Tablet?

Tablets invariably include a camera, but there’s something undeniably awkward about holding up a large-screen device to take a quick snap. Why does anyone do it?

Picture by Feng Li/Getty Images

It’s one thing to use the front-facing camera for a quick video chat, but — as the picture above suggests — actually snapping a picture of the world with a tablet can be awkward. I found this myself over the weekend, when I used a review Samsung Galaxy Note, which has a 5.4-inch screen, to snap pictures of the Melbourne F1 race.

While I was happy enough with how the pictures turned out, there’s no escaping that using a tablet in this way is awkward. I got lots of confused stares from fellow racegoers, most of whom were using either mobile phones or compact cameras:

Do you regularly use the camera built into your tablet? Tell us (and tell us why) in the comments.