Editors' note:This story was originally published October 8, 2014 and updated most recently October 1, 2015.
Such is the power of the selfie -- slang for self-portrait -- that phone makers of every stripe now tussle for ways to make them look better. Here are some of the more valiant attempts, both new and old.
Just like the Note 4, the entire Samsung Galaxy S6 family (and the Note 5) will snap a self-portrait when you gesture or place your finger over the heart-rate monitor on the back. There's also a separate app you can download to take selfies from the rear camera.
The Vibe X2 Pro comes with a glowing flash accessory that helps brighten up your face. Just plug it into the phone's headphone jack, press the on button, wait 3 seconds, and say cheese for a better-lit photo.
Due to the popularity of selfie sticks,
LG has integrated motion recognition in its G Flex 2 that allows the camera to sense
whenever it's being lowered from on high by a stick or a raised arm.
When it picks up on this movement, a preview of the last taken photo
will immediately appear without the user having to manually check for
him or herself.
What's better than taking a selfie with the front-facing camera? Taking it with the 16-megapixel rear camera. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4's rear-cam selfie mode does a great job of guiding you through with beeps so you're not shooting blind. It also has a panorama mode for the 3.7-megapixel front cam, though it isn't nearly as good.
The swiveling camera module at the top of the Oppo N1 is one of those innovations that makes you wonder why better-known vendors didn't do it before. This was the first time that dual-LED flash and a 13-megapixel camera came to selfies in any capacity. Sadly, the handset was limited to Asian markets.
The Sony Xperia C3 may be the first phone with a dedicated front-facing flash. Announced in July, its 5-megapixel camera has some tools to boost your looks, and you can take photos by double-tapping the back of the phone.
Prep your pupils. The HTC Desire Eye also sees a dedicated topside flash. Its 13-megapixel front-facing camera has slightly different lens specs than the phone's nearly identical rear-mounted shooter, possibly even better. Let the avalanche of selfies begin.
While a 64-bit octa-core processor and 5.5-inch display are enough to perk your ears, it's the HTC Desire 820's 8-megapixel front-facing camera and special software tricks that'll get social shutterbugs buzzing.
Huawei has been doing some work with 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, including that found in the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, an attractive phablet that takes some pretty darn good photos from the 13-megapixel rear camera as well.
Similar to Samsung's Galaxy Note 4, Nokia has launched a new downloadable app, titled Nokia Selfie, that guides you to take photos from the rear camera. It's available for phones such as the Lumia 830, 730/735, and 530, and comes free in the app store.
You'd better believe that selfie-cams will continue to take off in a big way. In the meantime, check out our list of best smartphone cameras.