I purchased the IPad 64GB 3G version and now have had it for about a month. I must say it is one great powerful tool to have! I can just imagine future generations will be even better. I know it does not support flash and does have its drawbacks. And in my opinion is is not a laptop. I still bring my laptop for above and beyond work that they IPad cannot handle. What the IPad is to me is a super fast instant on for (no particular order)…
1) Email 2) Internet 3) Movies 4) TV Shows 5) Podcasts 6) Games 7) Files 8)Music-Music Videos 9) Apps 10) Photographs!!!
I am an Apple fan and really enjoy my IPhone…now the apps never get played on my phone…IPad is the choice! I think if you can afford it..get the largest available IPad. Storage space goes fast! I have a ton of stuff on it and still have 16 GB remaining. So thinking as a photographer…the photos look amazing on the IPad! Like HD!! I have many shots on there. For an example of usage..I brought my IPad the other day to a Real Estate shoot…I whipped out the IPad and gave a slideshow of my previous Real Estate HDR’s to the sales person…he was impressed! A picture is worth 1000 words indeed! A great platform to show your photos! The IPad is small enough to fit in my photo backpack…nice!
Another big benefit is the available “Camera Connection Kit” from Apple. For $29.00 you get 2 connectors to your IPad (USB and SD). As I shoot with Nikon…no problem at all downloading Jpegs or NEF files! So now you can download your shots on location and then view them in a beautiful format in minutes! I find myself downloading my shots on my MAC and then putting them also on my IPad. I grab the IPad and sit on the coach (or anywhere in the house) and view my shots. A nice mobile photo viewer.
On a glad I didn’t moment..I was thinking of buying an EPSON photo viewers for the same reason a few months ago ($600)….now it is not even necessary! I can assume that in time as the storage gets larger for the IPad…these photo viewers will be obsolete. I also enjoy video Podcasts like DTown TV, Photoshop TV, Geek Brief TV…and now they are large and wonderful to view! I even now have a subscription to “Digital Photographer UK” magazine on my IPad and can read the current or back issues any time! I’d say if you are a photographer and have some extra cash…the IPad is a must!! An unreal tool that has already changed life as I know it. Technology is amazing!
As for some negative comments, yes, the IPad is not equal to a laptop yet (as I stated above), but will be in my opinion in about 2 years. I am not a big fan of the very reflective screen. It also is a fingerprint magnet! So I tried a film cover and that helped. I was still not happy about the reflective screen with the std film cover. I then found another film that reduces glare…Screen Guardz. Works awesome, but of course reduces brightness/quality just a tad. But I will accept that in order to have less glare.
The IPad is revolutionary. If you own one, I am certain you are extremely happy!!! Kudos Apple! Keep making our lives easier!!