The iPhone can take half decent images with its 2 megapixel camera. I really like the virtual shutter that works in conjunction with the operation of the camera — again, great interface and neat visual concepts. However, there is nothing remarkable about any phone-based camera because they all provide fairly lousy shots. If I want a good quality picture, my 10 megapixel camera is ready and waiting. Still, using the iPhone, you can take a picture, create an album, assign the picture to a contact, and email the image to someone — but that’s it.
Figure 13: The iPhone Camera
Once again my Windows Mobile phone outshines the iPhone’s picture taking abilities. While the camera is only 1.3 megapixel, the software on my Windows Mobile phone includes the ability to take a picture, send it via email or MMS, assign a picture to a contact, create cute dual picture themes (Figure 13), has adjustments for lighting/speed/zoom, does burst images, and…does video. Um, is it me or does the iPhone really fall short on this category? With its ability to view YouTube, you would think that the device would also be able to create videos that could be loaded to YouTube.
Figure 14: Windows Mobile Themed Photo of iPhone