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

Started Mar 18, 2011 | Discussions thread
PicOne
PicOne Veteran Member • Posts: 6,931
Re: get both

There's a range of apps, lots of them in fact.. but here's the thing. Most of them are image editing apps -- meaning you need photos sized for editing on your iPad. Now the whole problem with this seems to be you need to first start with a standard computer or laptop, convert from Raw (for me at least as I shoot raw; and why wouldn't I post-process in raw conversion?), OR download full size jpegs; and then size for iPad (presuming native 6-7mb jpeg files wouldn't make sense given limited storage space). Then connect your computer to your iPad, upload, then use the app you wanted to retouch the photo.

Actually, can/do Apps work on a computer that has iTunes within the computer, ie. like we can play mp3s or watch video? This might be a time-saver.

The other apps that seem interesting, seem like they'd work on smartphones anyway (DOF calculators, etc).

Other apps for photography (may of them?) seem they're really built to do things to the photos you've actually shot with the iPad itself.

Other apps that look cool, don't look like there's an inherent value to portability and look like they would offer more value input into the main computer workstation processing workflow.

Then of course my earlier point.. I'd say 90% of posts that support the iPad for "Photography" reference its sharing/touchy abilities. Great, fine.. get an iPad for this if its worth it to you; especially combined with its e-Reader capabilities, GPS, games, etc.. it may offer a value proposition that makes sense. But as a 'tool' for photography itself.. for $1K first year ownership cost, for me it doesn't sell itself?

$1K can buy some great plugins, a Jobo device, and/or a Laptop. If you have a smartphone.. many of the apps still work well.
eg. Nik Complete Pkg for LR: $220
Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830: $670

T3 wrote:

PicOne wrote:

I wonder though.. if someone took eg. the Jobo Gigavue (250gb-500gb storage).. just flattened it out and increased the screen size.. Wouldn't this be what many many folks would rather have? At least you'd also have a field device suited to backup storage as well. Is there actually a reason an ipad doesn't have a sd slot for addt'l storage and or for transfer?

I'm sure everyone would like that. But no product is perfect. Everything has its pros and cons. But you have a good idea. Now you just need to find someone to make it.

But, no, I don't see that is necessarily being something that "many, many folks would rather have." Keep in mind that the millions of people who have bought and iPad, and who have stood in line to get one aren't buying it because it's a giant Gigavue, flattened out and with a bigger screen. On the contrary, they are buying it for all the things they can do with it! Heck, if you want to get a glimpse of just some of the iPad apps that are just related to photography, check out AdoramaTV's "app of the week" page at YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/adoramaTV#g/c/963DA108BA3E7CD6

So, again, it's what people can do with the iPad (ie, all those apps) that gets them buying the iPad. If you just made a giant Gigavue, most people would just look at it and say, "But what does it do? Where are all the apps?"

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