Best Tablet for Photography?
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Bifurcator
Registered: Oct 22, 2008
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Dell XPS-12




sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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close enough



mcbroomf
Registered: Mar 18, 2003
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I also like the look of ultrabooks with detachable screens. Surface Pro and the Lenovo Thinkpad Helix look pretty good
http://reviews.cnet.com/microsoft-surface-pro/
Then there's always this from Lenovo .. pass the coffee table please
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/lenovo-ideacentre-horizon-27/4505-3118_7-35561100.html



Shutterbug2006
Registered: Jun 03, 2010
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For resolution, the Google Nexus 10 inch has a 2560-by-1600 display (higher than the iPad), and a $400 price tag for the 16GB version.

http://www.google.com/nexus/10/specs/

http://www.google.ca/nexus/10/index.html



knower
Registered: Aug 13, 2012
Total Posts: 111
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I spend a lot of time sorting out what to buy.

In the end I didn't find anything better than the Transformer Infinity Pad.

It has full HD resolution, which is enough for displaying pictures. Its screen is very very good and quite accurate.
Not as high res as the new Nexus, or the iPad, but who really cares?

I think the other things it offers are way more important for a photographer tablet.
I bought the dock, also, which basically makes the tablet a laptop.

In the tablet itself, apart from the internal memory, there is a microSD slot, which can be used to expand the memory. This is already a good thing.
But when you put the dock, things really change.
The dock has an extra battery and a USB 2 port, which means I can attach pretty much everything I want to it.
Notice that with a USB OTG cable you can plug things in the tablet itself, but the energy is limited so not many pheriperals can be plugged at the same time.
The dock solves that. Also there is a SD card reader in the dock, and a microHDMI connection.

Basically with this tablet I can use my cameras tethered, make a backup plugging the card reader OR using the SD card and an external hard drive, connect it to the TV for a slideshow or a workshop and many many more things.
Also having a keyboard to type is much better than typing on the tablet itself.

For me the versatility of this tablet pays more than the few extra geeky pixels.

Cheers,
G.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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knower wrote:
I spend a lot of time sorting out what to buy.

In the end I didn't find anything better than the Transformer Infinity Pad.

It has full HD resolution, which is enough for displaying pictures. Its screen is very very good and quite accurate.
Not as high res as the new Nexus, or the iPad, but who really cares?

I think the other things it offers are way more important for a photographer tablet.
I bought the dock, also, which basically makes the tablet a laptop.

In the tablet itself, apart from the internal memory, there is a microSD slot, which can be used to expand the memory. This is already a good thing.
But when you put the dock, things really change.
The dock has an extra battery and a USB 2 port, which means I can attach pretty much everything I want to it.
Notice that with a USB OTG cable you can plug things in the tablet itself, but the energy is limited so not many pheriperals can be plugged at the same time.
The dock solves that. Also there is a SD card reader in the dock, and a microHDMI connection.

Basically with this tablet I can use my cameras tethered, make a backup plugging the card reader OR using the SD card and an external hard drive, connect it to the TV for a slideshow or a workshop and many many more things.
Also having a keyboard to type is much better than typing on the tablet itself.

For me the versatility of this tablet pays more than the few extra geeky pixels.

Cheers,
G.


now if it only ran some real software



knower
Registered: Aug 13, 2012
Total Posts: 111
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Oh well, it runs a lot of real Android software, usually everything you need apart from computing intensive applications, for which you don't want a tablet, don't you?


G.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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oh no I want my tablet to run the software that runs my camera both wired and wirelessly. I want to use software that i'm used to use to look the images over and supports my raw images natively. yes I want it all.



knower
Registered: Aug 13, 2012
Total Posts: 111
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There is all what you ask sjms.
Or do you mean you want to use the actual software you use on your desktop on a tablet?

Than take a Win8 tablet...if you use Win...if Mac, oh well, good luck!

G.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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that's correct the software I own already to be functional on the tablet.

and yes that is exactly where i'm going with it. full functionality.



john_edwards
Registered: Jun 30, 2005
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sjms wrote:
that's correct the software I own already to be functional on the tablet.

and yes that is exactly where i'm going with it. full functionality.



I'm sure your desire/wants/needs will be met in a couple of years if not sooner.



sjms
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actually in just a few weeks.



knower
Registered: Aug 13, 2012
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Windows 8 tablet already do that....just not as fast for now!
G.



sjms
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some do



binary visions
Registered: Dec 28, 2004
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sjms, I'm sorely tempted by the Surface Pro as well.

My only question mark is the usability of the keyboard when not on a flat surface. That and battery life. I do love the thought that I could grab a tablet and go but still have a full computing experience when I need it.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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I can live with the 5 hr supposed battery life and it does have a software based keyboard which I find easy to use while in hand. the keyboard is similar to the ipad and I adapted to that easily. in a few weeks i'll know when in a MS store which is a few miles away.



Bifurcator
Registered: Oct 22, 2008
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It't too bad this thing isn't a convertible: http://zenbook.asus.com/zenbook/?c=prime_ux32



sjms
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sorta is and sorta isn't.



Arka
Registered: Jun 13, 2003
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sjms wrote:
if you are just looking to look at your images then you get whatever your hearts desire. I had a ipad 3 w/retina display for about 4 months. though it did show the image in good resolution the colors were not as accurate as I had hoped after all the hype. the amount of additional cost/hardware reqd to control/operate and retrieve images due to the lack of universal porting (none) on these devices just made me wipe it and hand it over to my daughter who is also less then enamored with its capabilities. I see a future with the surface pro ($1000). yes it will cost initially with 128GB of space and the ability to add and remove up to 64GB micro SD cards. it's i5 cpu and intel 4000 video subsystem. it will not require the cloud (but can access it or any specific hardware for wired interface. it has a USB 3 port BT4. it has a full OS that runs real software. I doubt it will be color accurate. the images will be more then reasonable at its stated resolution of 1920 x 1080 on a 10.6" screen. built in displayport. much more too. I need tools that minimize peripheral junk that won't work or require additional adapters due to "product improvements". the ability to get stuff on and of with ease. just something that will not slow me down or make me buy proprietary hardware.

its not all about the pretty but how you can get there easy too.

at $499 the ipad w/32GB is half the price and about 25% of the capability.


I wish Surface Pro had released contemporaneously with RT... or that they hadn't even bothered with RT. The Pro product as hte potential to be very interesting.



Sellerman
Registered: May 11, 2012
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Country: Canada

I use aspirin.



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