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

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
JulesJ
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Re: Toy, but not because of pixel density

Barney Britton wrote:

BJN wrote:

The iPad would be cool if it could serve as a large, live view display for studio work

It can. There are several tethering and similar apps available, some of which are mentioned in the article.

if it could read memory cards and upload files to the web,

Again, it can. Both.

and if it didn't need to ultimately get tethered to a "real" computer to sync with iTunes and run updates.

This is annoying. I had hoped that Apple would have introduced wireless syncing by now.

It would be less of a toy if it could run Flash site content.

Honestly, I've used an iPhone for 3 years, never had a problem with not being able to see content. Those sites that matter to me have mobile-optimised content anyway. I've been using the iPad 2 for almost a week now and I haven't had a single issue with unavailable content.

I love the iPad and have one but the Flash issue is a pain. The BBC site used to be the biggest site (by pages) in the world and it is a brilliant resource. Most of it's features have flash/video links and it is extremely boring not to be able to access these. Apart from that, things in the world move and speak and it is important to be able to see them if they don't happen to be on YouTube.

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.

Absolutely. On this we are agreed.

I wouldn't even use a notebook computer for any real image editing, so I'm not even slightly interested in iPad "photo" apps. If it could ever do the job that Nikon Camera Control does, I'd consider it a photo tool worth carrying.

It can, pretty much. Check this out: http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/dslr-camera-remote/

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