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

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
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Not meant to replace a laptop/desktop, people! It's a tool.

People have the impression that if the iPad doesn't fully replace a high powered laptop or desktop workstation, then it's just a toy. Well, the problem with that kind of thinking is that most, if not all, of us iPad owners already have powerful laptop and desktop workstations to do the "serious work" and heavy lifting of which you speak. Where the iPad comes in as to fill the slot between our laptop/desktop workstations, and...say...my cell phone.

For example, I already have a Windows desktop workstation, a 17" Windows laptop, a 13" Windows laptop, and a 4.3" Android phone. And yet with all these devices, I still find the iPad to be an extremely valuable tool!

So in spite of having all these other devices, how is the iPad still a valuable tool?

Well, for one thing, it has a gorgeous 24-bit near-studio-monitor quality screen that is wows anyone who looks at it, and that's valuable for when I show my images to potential clients. If you have any doubts on the quality of the iPad's screen, read here (links to various tests and reviews within):

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1014&message=37978697

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1014&message=37986184

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1014&message=38003132

Plus, it's a fraction of the weight of my laptops, has 10 hour battery life that blows away my laptops, and even when I do need to plug it in, the charger is barely larger than the charger for my cell phone! All this makes portability and freedom a major value-point of the iPad. When I leave the house to meet a client or go about town, all I need is my cell phone and my iPad.

As for storage capacity, sure I would love it if the iPad had a terabyte of storage. But I only have the 32GB iPad (first gen), and I've loaded it full of hundreds of images, including dozens of full-color PDF books and magazines (it's an excellent full-color magazine-sized PDF/book/magazine reader), a few movies (it's an excellent movie viewer as well), lots of apps (lots of very useful apps), and I still have room to spare. No, you can't bring every RAW file you've shot in the last few weeks, but why would you want to? If I want to work on my RAW files, I'll use my workstations.

As for its value to the professional photographer, I suggest you watch and hear what other well established photographers are saying about the iPad. This is fashion and celebrity photographer Challenge Roddie, talking about how valuable the iPad has been for him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23Ud66j47eA&feature=related (jump to 2:30 to get to the meat of what he's talking about)

And here's the perspective of an iPad skeptic, commercial & editorial photographer Sara Rossignol:

http://www.piewacketblog.com/journal/2010/6/8/the-ipad-according-to-pie.html

Of course, there are some people who will scream that because the iPad can't do everything that their laptop or desktop PC's can do, it's just a toy. But conversely, there are things that my iPad can do that can't be done on my laptop and desktop PC. Each tool has its place. When you open a toolbox full of tools , you find that there are a wide variety of tools that do different things well. There's no one tool that can do everything well. That's how I see my Windows PCs, my iPad, and my Android phone. Each is a tool , and each has its own inherent value . Yes, they have overlap in what they can do. But they also have their own strengths.

Unum sed Leonem wrote:

Obviously, a toy.
Let me explain:

  • 132 PPI pixel density.

  • Starts at 16 GB storage.

  • Does not work with a Wacom pen (or similar); is capacitative-input only!

  • Undefined display profile; shows colours very differently than a (calibrated) desktop.

Let me clarify for the uninitiated. The following is required for it to be seriously considered for proper work:

  • Must be minimum of 300 PPI or more pixel density.

  • 16 GB! That's quite the joke! 128 GB at the very, very minimum at this point! In two-three years, 500 GB minimum would do. Not 16!

  • Capacitative touchscreen technology is in most respects excellent! But for serious work it will never suffice. A dual-input (capacitative touch and Wacom pen) would suffice very well for photographers' needs - both professional and personal. Nothing less will.

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