Re: Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
fermy Veteran Member • Posts: 3,168
Re: Toy, but not because of pixel density

Choice wrote:

If you have to carry a keyboard and a protective case to travel with the iPad and be functional, you'd be better off with a (more expensive but much more powerful) lightweight notebook computer.

A laptop doesn't need to be more expensive to be much more powerful than iPad. You couldn't even buy a laptop with 512MB RAM. There is an awful lot of laptops in the ipad's $500-$800 range, and every last one of them can at least run photoshop elements.

That spiel that IPAD is actually a good value for photographer compared to laptop is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard.

My 2 year old netbook (Samsung NC10) costs less than Ipad, has much more storage (160 Gb), more ram 1GB (upgradable to 2GB), card reader, all the connectivity you want, real usable keyboard, runs Lightroom 3 without any problems. If the price of Lightroom is an issue, install Ubuntu and get a ton of photography related apps for free including a full featured photo editor.

In terms of productivity, workflow and value for money IPAD is obviously a lousy proposition for photographer. Yes, it saves 1/2 kilo of weight compared to the netbook. Yes it has some fringe advantages such as ability to easily rotate screen for portrait orientation. Overall, though, it's much less useful than a netbook/slim laptop in the field.

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