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CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the camera icon on BlackBerry 10?

By Adam Zeis on 23 Aug 2013 01:15 pm EDT
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Last week we asked how many of you use the Text Messages icon on BlackBerry 10 and today we're running down the same line with another pop quiz. I realized the other day that I've really never used the actual camera icon on either my Z10 or Q10. I have it buried in my media folder and have kept it there since the start. When I want to snap a photo I just tap the quick icon on the homescreen to open up the camera. 

On my old devices I used to set a convenience key to open the camera (man I miss those keys!) but I still kept the icon on my screen and found myself tapping it from time to time. On BlackBerry 10 however, I find it erroneous to have both the camera app icon and the quick icon on the screen at the same time.

So what say you CrackBerry readers? Do you use the actual Camera app icon or do you just tap the quick icon to launch the camera? Drop your answer here and hit up the comments!

 

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CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the camera icon on BlackBerry 10?

280 Comments

me too! never used it. I think they should have used a convenience key on the side, and then free up space for something else on the bottom bar

2 things I don't get why BlackBerry changed are removing the convenience key(s) and not having the wireless contact points on their BlackBerry 10 phones....

Posted via CB10

Up until now I didn't know a camera icon existed on my home screen sef. Somehow it managed to stay undetected for months

Via my sexy black Z10 ;)

I don't see the point of the camera icon if there's a permanent icon there at the bottom

Posted via CB10

It's for dumbasses :) just like the new "Hub" icon in 10.2. Useless but there.

Posted via CB10

I agree. There absolutely is no point. I don't know anything about being a developer, but I used to think that maybe the reason they had these redundant icons was because there wasn't the ability to hide icons in BB10. Maybe later on if they bring that feature back, they'll be able to get rid of the redundant icons, but for now they're obligated to include them. Maybe it doesn't quite work that way though :P

For the default camera I use the quick icon, but when I don't want to draw attention I use Spy Cam Extreme

Thanks =) Glad to hear you like it. For quick and easy access I keep it on my main screen directly above the default quick cam icon so as easily accessible.

Always hide it when I install a leak. Don't think I have ever used it. In fact, I make sure all icons on my first page aren't redundant.

Posted via CB10

The Camera icon was one of the first icons to be moved into a folder titled "Useless". The lock screen shortcut and the bottom bar shortcut are much faster.

Posted via CB10

i dont use the cam app icon nor the sms icon....kind of a waste of space. They are tucked in a folder of icons that i dont use.

Never use the icon and have it buried in a SYSTEM folder along with other seldom used but sometimes useful icons...

Posted via CB10

I've never used it. It's almost as useless as the need for some on this thread to insult those who may actually use it.

Posted via CB10

Just realized I haven't used it once yet. I have it hidden in a group of apps along with the phone, voice control, text, search, Bing and contacts icons that I find redundant.

Q10

I don't, just like the new 'hub' icon in leak 10.2.X. I don't see how that's more convenient when there is a fixed icon at the bottom. Swiping from bottom up to the right takes you from whatever app you are using directly to the hub is also a lot faster than having to look for the hub icon itself. To be honest, it's a pointless feature that should just stay with the legacy devices.

People that aren't so comfortable with gestures might find it useful tho, and if the hub icon would take you to the actual hub(and not the last thing you were doing inside the hub) it'd kinda cool :D

I wish they will let us hide icons again.... the camera is just one of the entire list of useless apps which I don't imagine anyone ever using...

Posted via CB10

I wish they had the option to get rid of the camera and phone "quick icons". I can't tell you how many times I accidentally touch those icons and mistakenly open up that application.

Posted via CB10

The problem with the quick icon on the lower right of the screen is (for me) that I quite often start it accidently when I put my phone down. Must be the way my hand holds the phone (did it on both my Z & Q)

BlackBerry was like, "who should we consult regarding the camera icon" - they chose my dad. Psyche. No they didn't.

If there was no camera icon, you guys would do an article regarding a missing camera icon and instead asking people "do you miss the camera icon" and there would be a percentage of folks (yes, folks) saying, "I sure do, what was BlackBerry thinking removing the icon?"

BlackBerry could make a feature that snapped photos and videos through YOUR OWN EYES and capture it on a device to play back and people would still complain that there's no HUD icon.

Posted via CB10

I just created a media folder and put all the media icons in there. I also have a folder for apps that are not needed but can't be deleted.

Never knew it was there until the post on forum bought it up. Looked for it it was on page 3 so nope don't use it.

If at the time I'm in the page that Camera icon on it then I will use icon because I see it is nice, big to use.
If I'm in other page where icon not on it I will use icon in bottom line.

I have it saved in a custom folder and the only time it was ever launched was by accident. I just use the hot key on the bottom bezel.

I've never used it. It's redundant. If we could choose which icons we want on that bottom bar, I'd put other things there and use the camera icon.

Posted via CB10

funny how the playbook has the ability customize that area of the UI but not BlackBerry 10. but these aren't androids...

Are you kidding next we will be asked if we use the phone icon to make a call. NO Never and add the search one as well. Always use the permanent short cuts on the bottom of the home screen. Just my preference

Posted via CB10

Non sense question ! Some people use the icon, and some other so not use! What the problem? If you never use it, just ignore the icon and basta!

Z10 + BlackBerry os 10.2.0.1323

It's in my MISC folder. Had too look for it because I forgot I put it in there.

I also have the Phone and Settings in there too.

Posted via CB10

Another example of BlackBerry doing too much to please too many people. But, I guess better to have than have-not (or, at least have to option to permanently hide certain icons.)

Posted via CB10 on my white Z10 & lovin' it!

Na didn't know it was there till you mentioned it. I use the icon in the lower rightmost corner.

Posted via CB10

I have the actual camera app icon, the SMS app icon, etc hidden away in a folder in the last page of app icons. Redundant and pointless! Hoping that BlackBerry grants us the ability to hide/delete these icons in the future.

Posted via CB10

i'm confused, do you mean the actual app icon is the one embedded at the bottom part of the screen? or are you calling that the camera app icon?

Never used the camera app - just fire it up from the lock screen or unlock the device and it's right there!

I personally thing the app icon is redundant...

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

I not only don't use it, but I added it to one folder that contains all the icons I don't use such as Phone, Voice Control...

Posted via CB10

I've created a folder for icons like this (e.g. Clock, calls, ...) and placed it far away from my homescreen, to get them out of my face

Posted via CB10

I've never used it, the icon right at the bottom is always there. Much faster.

Posted via CB10

The only camera app I want to use is that instagram app. I use the app but I usually use the one bottom right.

Posted via CB10

It's frustrating that they give us icons for the phone, the camera, the hub (10.2), voice control, etc, but we can't add icons to shortcut to specific mailboxes in the hub like the Text Message icon. Since we don't have any indication on the lock screen which account the mail icon is for, it would be nice to have mailbox icons with sparks on them before you swipe into the hub or for quick composing from a specific account

Posted via CB10

The one thing I really miss from BBOS is the app icon that would start the video camera directly. I liked being able to open it directly in the mode I was planning on using rather than whatever was used last.

If you view the results, and they aren't a resounding 100% "no I don't use it "...... then that is why there's a camera icon.

Posted via CB10

Lol. I forgot there was an actual icon. And when I saw the article I went to my home screen to find it. Lol

Posted via CB10

There's a camera? Lol. Jk. Never. Just launch from Lick or home screen. It's probably the easiest app to get to.

Posted via CB10

I actually have the camera icon stuffed into a folder on my 5th home screen where I put the setup apps and those types of things. I just use the one on the bottom

Posted via SEGA master system

Wouldn't mind the ability to create my own icon shortcuts for stuff like "display" in settings. Or have the brightness on the pull down bar like I said months ago..

Posted via SEGA master system

Never used it, I've buried it in a Bbry folder with other Bbry apps that sit there as a happy family...

Sent by Bbry Zed10

I don't think I have ever used it. The quickness of the button on the home screen works for me.

Posted via CB10

no, just like the text Msg icon, the hub icon (10.2), the phone icon and the search icon, I do not use them ever. I also have these icons in a folder named unused and I put that icon on the last page to the right all by itself. although the camera icon is in a folder named Camera because I have 5 camera apps like 360 panorama, Tapcam silent, pic story, snap and time stamp. even though the camera app is in that folder I still don't use it.

* I know on 10.2 and maybe even 10.1 the shutter sound can be turned low or off but I got the Tapcam silent app prior to loading the leak which had the option to do that in the settings.

BlackBerry for life. Kick'n it with my Z10.

Never and I wish I can delete it! I never and I won't touch the following icon since I got my Z:
Camera
Phone
Text message

Posted via CB10

I hope they add the ability to hide icons on 10.2. Or even better a future 10.1 update!

Via CB 10 on my T-Mobile Z10

What camera icon - all those useless icons are foldered and filed to the back of the proverbial bus

Posted via CB10

I forgot that was there...thanks for reminding me...I'll put it in my useless icons folder!

Posted via CB10

What? How did 10.2 render the icons useless... isn't the icons and quick launch the same as 10.1, with the exception of the new Hub icon?

Posted via CB10

I used to when I first got my z10... now I use the camera icon on the bottom right.

From the mind of a MaNiAc

Seems a lot of BlackBerry users don't do pictures or videos on there 'cutting edge' device.. I guess I'm one of the people that use the camera icon a few times a day..scrolling and swiping to make a picture or video takes to long in a dire 'kodak' moment..i guess yall don't (stuck at work?) LOL.smh

Posted via CB10

surprised im a minority i hate the quick launch phone/search/camera icons. I alwasy mispress the camera icons and have a bunch of pocket/table pictures. and hate the phone icon cause i keep miss pressing it. search i never use (as opposed to my 9900 where it was my go to way to reach apps). wish we could change it

Never!! In fact, I immediately put it in my "Basics" folder upon set up. Haven't seen or used it since.

Posted via CB10

I didn't know there was a camera icon to be honest. I do use the lock screen icon occasionally but mostly just the regular icon on the bottom bar.

Posted via CB10

I've never used the camera icon and I quit using the text message icon after last week's poll. Feel like one of the team now lol

Posted via CB10

For the most part, yes!! I'm old fashioned, I guess!! I always find myself using it, since I'm always on the home screen going through the apps.

Posted via CB10

Taking photos is one of my favorite things to do! The BB10 camera experienced blows any camera app I've ever used before out of the park! I LOVE the time shift function and the 8mp makes my picture taking experience to the next level! I love that you can edit s photo directly from the app as well! I'm definitely a BlackBerry user and loving it! Haha

Posted via CB10

There's a bunch of useless icons, their existence baffles me: settings. Camera, hub, text messages, dialer, search.

Adam Schuetze

there was plenty of useless ones (or headless apps) for the legacy devices, what should baffle you is why was there a 'hide icon' feature on legacy OS but not on the BB10 OS? Why would you physically disregard a feature that everyone used?

I have mine hidden in my crap folder. I use the camera icon on bottom of screen. I like keeping my home screen at one page so I put everything in folders.

Posted Via My Most Used BlackBerry App

Just read comments and 85 percent of us have no use for it. BlackBerry needs to spend more time on this site reading our opinions

Posted Via My Most Used BlackBerry App

Not once. It is sitting in a folder with other useless icons like : text messaging , phone, settings, etc

Posted via CB10

No. It's redundant, really. Although I wish the short cut icon on the bottom could be changed, I'd like the phone, the search, and the browser instead of the cam.

Posted via CB10

Funny but after seeing this post i had to check if it's there. Never realised it till now and for the awareness.. using it? No thanks

Posted via CB10

Is there any way to remove the camera icon from the home screen. I always hit it by accident at times when I put it in my pocket. It's a pain in the ass actually.

Course not.
Why?
Because the stupid static-non customizable icon on bottom bar aka shortcut.
Do you like it?
Hells no, I just prefer to customize my OWN bottom bar with MY own shortcuts.

Posted via CB10

No. BUT I would love to have an icon of a VIDEO Camera that could compliment the quick cam icon at the bottom if screen. Wish it allowed user customization too.

Old school BlackBerry had both, cause sometimes you want to take a quick video or pic, and it'd be nice to have that instant option.

Plus it would make using the light on the video cam faster and easier, and avoid me selling my permission privacy soul to cheesy flashlight app makers.

Z10, PlayBook, 9810, 9000.

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