The whole megapixel race is interesting too. 3MP is all well and good, but what's the quality of the sensor and the lens? I'd be happy with my 640x480 pixel cameraphone taking better quality pics than bigger.
Jumping off topic a bit, I saw qualcomm is working on a chipset to support both GSM & CDMA bands. This is exciting for the 40mil+. CDMA customers in the US! Hopefully MS Mobile & Hardware manufactuers will have the economic justification to release devices with
this chipset. GSM has a double figure lead on CDMA in devices(if not now, definitely by this fall). I hope this or competing chipsets will set a precedent of negative correlation between consumer reach and production costs.
That said, I can't wait for SP2k3! I'll trade in a built-in 6mp camera for the .NET CF anyday Keep up the hard work! Neil, is there another User Group Tour in the works?
I agree...today's cameras are mainly used for disposable snapshots. They hardly make or break my decision to buy a phone(i600 owner)...The current Laws(Moore/Metcalfe) of computing will eventually get us to camera/corder phones with high bandwidth which
would indeed be a killer app & device.
Anyone remember the marketing video MS made back in 2001 (trying to show what life in the .NET/Hailstorm world was like) where a kid was video conferencing and tracking his family through a Zoo on his pda? I think that vision remains...