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What can we do with the front-facing camera on the Arnova 10?
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I just looked at the box that the Arnova 10 came in. They went out of their way to point out the "Webcam" feature. Can someone help me out here, please? What am I missing? Yes, there is a front-facing camera, but what can I do with it? There is no Skype for this Android Market-less device. I haven't tried Fring, but I don't know anyone who uses it so it has no value to me. I suppose you could record a video message and e-mail it to someone. Are there any other application programs that we can use the "Webcam" for?

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There IS a camera on the Arnova 10, as we mentionned in our review (with sample pictures) :

/blog/archos-tablet/arnova-10-tablet-4gb-review-part-4-connectors-and-camera/

 

Check the "Camera" application in the Applications list on the device. FYI, this application is not present on Arctablet's custom firmwares, it should be readded soon.

 

The camera quality is quite poor for photography but should do about OK with video conference.

I haven't checked for Skype or Fring on this device yet, will try to have a look soon.

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I know there is a camera on the Arnova 10. That's why I said there is a front-facing camera. And, of course, I know there is a Camera and a Camcorder application on the device, but they are camera applications, not Webcam applications. Advertising it as a viable Webcam feature on a device that doesn't support an application for a Webcam is ludicrous because there is no known Web program to use it with. There may be something from the Android Market that would provide a Webcam application. This website has pulled the link for the custom ROM for the Froyo upgrade due to the number of problems reported with it. I know about these problems after trying it numerous times myself and having numerous experiences with the device locking up and having to be reset. Even when I had the Froyo custom ROM on this device, most of the programs from the Android Market would crash and not run on this device. So far, there is not a stable way to have the Android Market on the Arnova 10. The review referred to above also says that a mouse, keyboard and hard disk did not work when it was tried, but I tried a mouse and it worked fine. I am waiting to try the keyboard. Arnova's sales brochure that I downloaded before I bought the unit also said that the USB would allow for a keyboard and mouse.

Back to my original premise: there is no working Webcam program that I can find for this device. Skype video won't run on the Arnova 10 currently, but you can use Skype chat by installing IMO, a chat program available in AppsLib.

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An update on the front-facing camera. I still haven't found anything to use it for except maybe making a video message and e-mailing it to someone. One thing, at least on my Arnova 10, is the microphone volume is so low it is virtually worthless. Tell me if I'm doing something wrong, but when I record a video using the front-facing camera, I can't hear much of the recording because it is so low. A video where you can't hear the sound is pretty worthless.

If anyone reading this has found a video conferencing app that will work with the Arnova 10, please post it here so we can all try it out. Thanks.


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I tried Fring on the Arnova 10 with a 802.11g wifi connection. I connected with an HTC Incredible 2 on the same wifi network. It was not a good experience. The unit dropped a lot of frames. It was very choppy. In all, it really didn't work, I uninstalled Fring. The front-facing camera just doesn't do much. All I could do with it was to make video files to e-mail to people. Even at that, the audio sound was so low, I couldn't hear much of any of it. So, I am not really sold on the front-facing camera on the Arnova 10 as being much more than a selling gimmick. They should have just left it off it they weren't going to put enough horsepower into the unit to power it.

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Thanks for the feedback.

Your disapointment is understandable, the bad camera and sound quality does not make it a good experience for videocalling. Regarding the frame drops, it's probably related to lack of hardware power on the CPU maybe combined with system software issues.

We'll try to give it a shot on the G2 devices soon to see if things have improved.

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