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Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

I keep thinking about buying a tablet for photography use, one of the mini 7" style ones like:
  • Apple iPad mini
  • Android Nexus 7
  • Dell Windows based tablet

I have so many questions that I cannot get a easy answer to by searching so wondered what people thought of:
  1. Which "system" is most useful for a photographer: Apple, Android or Windows based?
  2. Is there a walking/hiking sat-nav type app available - e.g. GPS and OS map to show you were you are?
  3. Is it worth getting one with a mobile phone SIM card for data use?

Any input appreciated.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Hello,

1. To answer your question - what features and functionalities are you looking at/prioritizing? Are you planning to bring the tablet with you when on the move? How often will you be able to charge it? (I would look at battery stamina).

2. I would have a look at Google Maps. The beauty is that you can download local copy of the map for the area you are planning to visit, meaning you don't need to be connected to the cellular network when on the move.

3. As an alternative, you can utilize your mobile phone as WiFi hotspot and connect to it (this is what I do). Saves costs (WiFi only tablets are cheaper), and one less subscription to pay for. Check that the monthly data quota for your phone will be enough.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

I use ViewRanger as my satnav when i am out cycling. You purchase within the app OS maps of the areas you want, you can then use these totally of line. I find it excellent.

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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

The Nexus 7 doesn't take a micro SD card (or any card) and hasn't got an HDMI output. My previous tablet had both and I do miss these features though the Nexus is much slicker to use being two generations later..
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Thanks for all the info.

It is definitely not easy to work out which tablet system to buy into.

I am interested in Steve's recommended app: ViewRanger.

As far as I can tell the Apple iPad mini does not have any GPS location capability. I guess ViewRanger is best on a iPhone?

A micro SD card slot would be useful but neither Apple nor Nexus have one of these.

I guess the key decision will come down to what apps I want to use. Does anybody have a "must have" photography app that they use?
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Decide what you really are going to do with the tablet.
I have a mkI Nexus 7 that I use mainly for e-mails and this forum.
I have used the WiFi apps with a camera to control it remotely but don't do this often.
I dont really have a photographic use for it
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Horses for courses but I use my iPad for photography, so the mini would be similar. I have their card reader and download my photos onto the iPad when I am away. If I shoot RAW only it loads them and uses the embedded JPEG for viewing (I think). If I shoot RAW and jpg it loads just the jpgs. So it is a back up in case the memory card fails but it also allows me to review the images on the move. I use Snapseed as a basic editing programme which is great for improving the jpgs for posting here or on FB etc and is amazingly intuitive and quick to use. I also use another app to resize the images to post to here. The retina display is lovely and I know a lot of people create albums to display on their iPads for clients, once PP.
I have thought lots of times to get a Mac Air so that I can load LR and PP properly but to be honest the iPad is brilliant for films, music, gossip etc and I take it everywhere.

Hope this helps but as others have said it really depends on what you want to do with your photography. The iPad works for my needs perfectly.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Like many have said it depends on what you want the tablet to do. If you are lucky enough to have a wifi enabled camera then you will have no problem using any tablet. I have a 1st gen (2012) Nexus 7, and wanted to be able to view RAW files from the camera or card without having to download them to the tablet. This was so i could view them on a 7" screen. I have a e-600 and use manual legacy lens on the hole. Like said above the Nexus 7 would not let you do this, unless it is "Rooted" which i did and now i can view RAW files either direct from camera or through a card reader. And also record my cycle ride and have access to OS maps, which is very useful when cycling off road.

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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Have you thought of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8? This is a high-spec. 8 inch screen tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus included. The display quality is possibly the best in its class and its storage can be expanded via MicroSD. Pretty sure it has HDMI out and I'm also fairly confident you can attach a card reader to the USB port.

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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

I was in the same mind as yourself in the Spring and bought a Nexus 7. I can only say it was the best accessory I've ever bought for my photography.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Have been looking at Nexus 7 2nd Gen and have been told cables are available to connect a card reader or link to a HDMI port. This plus price have given me the confidence to upgrade my ainol flame 7 ( i cannot get olympus io share to download) to a new Nexus 7 which I believe will work and I do not like apple!
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

For mapping software I've used Anquet for some time and they have recently launched a iOS and Android app, used the iPhone/iPad pad ones and found them really good when out walking.

I've got 1:50,000 OS maps for the whole of the UK and selection of 1:25,000 for my most visited locations.

In terms of use for photography I got an iPad 1 way back in the day and never had a days trouble with it. Bought it originally to transfer photos off cards while I was on holiday.

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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

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Have you thought of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8? This is a high-spec. 8 inch screen tablet with a pressure sensitive stylus included. The display quality is possibly the best in its class and its storage can be expanded via MicroSD. Pretty sure it has HDMI out and I'm also fairly confident you can attach a card reader to the USB port.

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I have to second Ian's suggestion, the Samsung Galaxy note 8 is a superb notebook with built in pen and the option to add up to 64Gb of extra memory via a micro SD card.

They are now down to £199 in PC World (paid £299 when I got mine) so a great deal and you can get an HDMI out cable as well as an SD card reader for it.

The screen is a superb HD that delivers stunning images and it is a definite go anywhere / do anything pad, I have also downloaded Photoshop for mine recently.

Well worth taking a serious look at and it has great reviews.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

Looks like they are sold out at least around us.
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Re: Which Tablet is best for a Photographer?

If you were considering last year's Google 7, which I have myself and rather like, then I'd look at one of A Hisense Sero 7 , essentially it's the same thing, arguably not quite so well made, but perfectly OK.
Unlike the Google 7 (2012), it does feature HDMI port, memory slot and 2 cameras.
I bought one for Jane for her Birthday and we are both quite impressed with it.
Also comes with a fairly natty case included in the price, or at least it did when I bought Jane's.
A possible disadvantage is that I guess it will be slower to receive the latest operating system updates.
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