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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2013, 08:36:52 PM »
The kids wanted to buy me one for Christmas but, "why would a retired bloke with fat finger syndrome want to look at a p%**y little screen when he can go into the computer room and look at a 24 inch calibrated monitor?
I would ask yourself what DO you want it for.
If it for walkabout and general stuff- fine, but if it is for image manipulation, forget it...john

:lol:  John, I've been putting off even LOOKING at these things for some time... thinking along the same lines as you re the go on a 24" monitor or the 18" laptop (not yet retired - but not too far away from it ;) ).

However, I got my Samsung GSII about a year ago and have found it "useful" when not near my computers. Tried an iPod some time ago (way back) and it was "ok" but... limiting and with being tied in to Apple I was (am) put off. So using an Android OS on the SGSII I've become somewhat hooked BUT want a bigger screen than the one on the SGSII.

NOT going to use it to edit photos except...:lol: ... maybe use one of the "sketch" apps to apply a sketch conversion to a shot - done this with some taken on the GSII and they look "ok" on the small screen. Already mentioned what I presently "think" I want one for but I may find other uses as well later :) Cheers for the input.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2013, 08:43:45 PM »
don't worry you can have 64 GB, 128GB even 2TB
check at
http://www.picstop.co.uk/memory-cards/sdxc-memory-card
This might give an idea


Hi Nezih

Thanks for the link and the info pic. I have a couple of 64Gb as well as a couple of 32Gb and 16Gb SD cards for the a77 so when I get a tablet I could have a play.

I asked the question because the ones (tablets) I've been looking at show 32Gb as the largest and don't mention anything bigger. That's only the ones I've looked at in the price range I'm thinking of.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2013, 08:46:48 PM »
I wanted a tablet primarily to show family photos to someone in a nursing home and when visiting other relatives. After a bit of web researching I bought a 64GB Blackberry Playbook for £120. Couldn't be more pleased with it! Does all I want very well, including web browsing and email plus GPS and Kindle (Amazon recognises it and will download via their "Whispernet"). There's plenty more apps but not nearly as many as for the iPad, more than enough for me though. Despite my age and chubby fingers I have no problem operating it. :)

Thanks for that info Roger. I'd not looked at the Blackberry.... there are SOooooo many tablets to look at, think of... a mine field :lol:
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2013, 08:48:28 PM »
Thanks Carl, Ascot for the further information. "Hoping" this weekend to get out and have a hands on with some before I make my mind up!
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2013, 08:58:08 PM »
Thanks Carl, Ascot for the further information. "Hoping" this weekend to get out and have a hands on with some before I make my mind up!

I am so glad you have said that. Having a hands on test with any device is a must for me. So many of my friends and people from work have done the opposite and then complain when they find it either does not meet their expectations or is lacing what they need.

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2013, 09:05:24 PM »
I see...
I think this limitation (32GB) is for the tablet's SD slot however if you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and then you can order a female cable (just $ 2)

thus you will be able to read any hard disk or flash memory without any limitation like me

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #21 on: February 06, 2013, 12:33:16 AM »
Probably already mentioned this, but if you connect an Android to your Sony Alpha, the tablet may pick up the JPEG images directly from your camera.

Just put the camera Settings > USB connection to auto, then connect the alpha (via the USB cable that came with it) to the tablet via a USB to micro USB connector.
You can tell if the camera and tablet are recognizing each other because the the camera will go into USB Mode. If they recognise each other, then go to Android gallery, and the camera will be there as an additional SD card (my A77 appears as '100MSDCF'). Obviously, its not tethered: the alpha will act just like it does with you connect it to a normal computer via USB.

Works on my Android tablet, but not on my HTC desire for some reason, probably O/S version related.

Why would you want to do this? Well its a far better screen than the camera back and you can pinch zoom and slide left-right to move between images, and if you have a fast SD card, its pretty much as fast as reviewing in-camera for display speed.

Cheap no-brand 10 inch retina tablets are just coming out now, and Ive got a Novo9 Spark on order, total cost 186 quid direct from the manufacturor.... hopefully will allow me to review images at near to 300dpi but with a dynamic range better than print. That's some super-chimping :)

Also lets you use all the usual Android apps and upload to the web or backup your keepers onto the tablet. Less useful for RAW though... I think most of the raw decoders just extract the thumbnails, at least fo rnow.

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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #22 on: February 06, 2013, 05:32:07 PM »

I am so glad you have said that. Having a hands on test with any device is a must for me. So many of my friends and people from work have done the opposite and then complain when they find it either does not meet their expectations or is lacing what they need.

Dave

Went to a "local" Currys/PC World this afternoon after work. Not as much on display as I expected but what was there gave me some idea regards size... staff as helpful as ever! 7" felt 'better' in the hand than a 10" but, that said, I was almost tempted with a SONY 9.4" (or was it 9.7"?) tablet 16Gb - last one, clearance item, £155 - but then saw a great scratch in the screen :( I found this one quite 'intuative' to use...

Had a hands on with the Blackberry (thanks Roger) at £129 which seemed heavier than the others but that could have been because of the 'security' fixing on the back!? couldn't really get much of a 'feel' for it as it wasn't set up 'customer friendly'. Nexus 7 looked very nice, bit more 'customer friendly' but only slightly so - some elderly woman wanted to buy one and they didn't have any stock. I suggested she try Amazon... wicked smile ;)

The Samsung 10.1" Tab2 (£299 or £249?) wasn't working - so that was helpful! Not. Didn't have a 7" Tab on display or in stock although priced at £149. A Galaxy Note was doing a 'demo' mode display but at a 1p under £400 out of my price range.

I may get a chance to look in another PCWorld store in Bath at the weekend - depends what her in doors has planned. Anyway, more 'research' required :)
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #23 on: February 06, 2013, 05:33:18 PM »
I see...
I think this limitation (32GB) is for the tablet's SD slot however if you buy Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 and then you can order a female cable (just $ 2)

thus you will be able to read any hard disk or flash memory without any limitation like me

Nezih

Thank Nezih for that info. Certainly worth looking in to.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #24 on: February 06, 2013, 05:41:39 PM »
Hi shamb - thanks for your input :)

I wasn't aware of being able to connect the a77 ( or any camera?) to a tablet - so that looks like another great reason for getting one :) So... a BIG thing has got to be "connectivity ports".

I'd like to hear how you get on with your new "Novo9 Spark" when it arrives. I did a search for information on it and got a link to a forum (AVForum I think? - sorry, my poor memory!) and some that had received them seemed to be having some slight problems. Hope that isn't the case with yours. Seems to take about 3 days delivery time from what they were saying. The pics of it looked very nice :)
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2013, 09:45:47 AM »
Sorry for the late reply. The Novo spark has issues with bad wifi, and the early ones had firmware issues. Ive fixed mine (firmware upgrade, bought a new wifi antenna from ebay).

Use it all the time now. One thing Ive found it very useful for that didnt originally occur to me is as a pdf reader for photography books... I have a kindle DX which is fine for print, but not so good for books and photography magazines, whereas the tablet is better than print.

One thing to bear in mind is that the iPad and many android tablets have a screen that is designed for print (they approximate a magazine page, and therefore most photographs), whereas Nexus is designed around the form factor of widescreen film.

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« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2013, 11:10:14 AM »
Hi shamb

Thanks for the update re the Novo... I should have updated this thread and said what I ended up with.  I got a Samsung Gallaxy Tab2 7. Have yet to try it with the a77 but do, as you, use it for pdf docs/books.

I tried the Nexus 7 but had a few problems I couldn't get over. With the Gallaxy Tab2 having a micro sd card slot it was helpful. Also I have a SGII phone so found I was able to link easily to it. I also have a number of photo apps on the phone which I now can share with the Tab2.

Still feel there is a lot more I can do with it than I have found so far.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #27 on: July 07, 2013, 02:05:57 AM »
It is good that this thread is still alive Frank, one may have to re-assess the thinking of "no tablet go use the big screen".
We get the newspaper delivered daily and share it for a read over meals (just the 2 of us).  Now it is littered with links to get more background on line, so the choice will be between
Trying to eat in front of the 24 inch OR
Succumbing and getting a tablet to prop up on the breakfast table

Things have not gotten that bad yet but they are trending that way  :cry:   ...john
 
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« Reply #28 on: July 07, 2013, 11:49:12 AM »
:lol: :lol: Know what you mean John."Everything" seems to be heading in the "read more on line" direction and I doubt it will be too long before the 'papers' will just have snippets of info on this story or that one but if you want all the news you'll have to go on line.

I doubt it will be too long before you'll be able to "tell" the device (TV, Tablet, Phone...) which paper and story you want to access without having to do any manual input via a keyboard! And then... you'll get News tailored for you based on what you have been accessing rather than what you may randomly want to select. Crazy or what?

I get it already from some "online" sources I've accessed - YouTube, Amazon... - based on what I may have been watching or been looking at possibly purchasing or even purchased - like DVD films etc.
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Re: Tablets... tablets... tablets!
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2013, 04:33:42 PM »
My iPad is used mainly for work purposes now.

I have been travelling allot with work recently, mostly flying where strict weight restrictions apply. My iPad does everything I need whilst away so do not bother taking my laptop, note books or documents anymore, this saves me a around 5-6KG's.

When I goto meetings at work, I use Recordium to record the meeting instead of taking notes. I find that where I would have been writing things down, I am more active and can recap everything at a later time. As the app works in the background I can still view documents and make any additional notes if required.

When I am at home, the iPad gets used for Netflix, a bit of browsing and working in Photoshop / Illustrator with the handy Actions app.

Tablets and other devices are becoming more and more integrated into our lives every day, whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen :)

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