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Offline chorleyjeff

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10" Tablet and Sony A580
« on: September 01, 2013, 04:54:27 PM »
I am new to the idea of using a tablet but SWMBO wants to be able to view photographs on a tablet. She wants to use photos for reference when on painting holidays but without the hassle of lugging along the old laptop which has a battery life of minutes rather than hours - it is rarely feasible to plug into a mains socket.
So the question is 1) what 10" tablet (other than Apple) would you recommend for such a purpose ( it would also be used for emails, forums and light browsing)? 2) How would the tablet connect to the camera or SD card so that pictures could be imported or viewed. I guess the most convenient would be to be able to read from an SD card so that I could go out taking photos while the painters paint.
Any advice about this apparent minefield would be would be gratefully received. eg if a tablet has a micro SD card reader or mini USB connector I do not understand how my SD card or card reader could be attached.
ps I looked at previous postings around this subject but I only heve partial understanding of them so simple words for me,an old non tech man, would be appreciated.

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Re: 10" Tablet and Sony A580
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 07:26:57 PM »
I have not studied in depth the latest available 10" tablets so there may be others out there that are worthy. I have the first Asus 10" EEE transformer tab with detachable keyboard (Asus are masters at using long names). It is an excellent pad, although a bit dated now, not in capabilities but in processor speed only. It has two USB ports (one in the keyboard), an SD slot, a Micro SD slot, an HDMI port, a headphone connection, two cameras and a built in microphone. Most good Tabs should also have the same, some do not.

I would recommend any of the Samsung or Asus Android tabs. I would stay away from Windows and Sony pads for the time being, especially windows 8 (I have a windows 8 computer, so I know!). Apple is too easily broken and is way too proprietary. The cheaper pads (no name brands) can be good but I believe you generally get what you pay for. My wife has a Pandigital 9" and it is useless. (That may be because I rooted it) :(

If the tablet has a USB port, as most good ones should, you connect the tab to your computer and the tab should show up as a device. You simply transfer your photos to the photo directory in the tab. You can do the same if the tab has a Micro SD or standard SD slot (I have not used a reader but that should work also). They work just like a second computer, if you can do it between computers, you can also do it from your computer to your pad and back. Due to the pad not having endless amounts of memory you should resize your photos to match the maximum resolution of your pad. Using photos straight from your Sony camera may be a problem. I shoot Raw + jpg and each double file can be over 30MB.

Book reading on a 10" tab is fantastic (two pages per screen) and emails, forums and light browsing are no problem, if you have wireless access. They are not designed to be smart-phones.
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Re: 10" Tablet and Sony A580
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 11:04:43 PM »
I've got a cheap (£125) sumvision voyager android tablet bought from ebuyer -excellent for hoidays as an e mail reader and pic reviewer

It takes a micro SD card for extra storage but  I usually transfer my pics using a USB card reader as my Sony A580 sees unhappy with micro SD cards in an adapter

Make sure it has a usb port you may need an adapter they tend to use micro SD ports - rather than camera connect which may work but I've never tried

Picture quality is very good battery life OK several hours - but not all day - its one area where Apple have the edge

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Re: 10" Tablet and Sony A580
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 11:48:15 PM »
It is good that AScot recommended the Asus.  I came to the conclusion that the new Asus Transformer Infinity would be my choice.  The same detachable keypad with extra battery and being able to type without tapping the screen.  All the features AScot mentions.
There are two models I think -one with wifi only and one with full internet access. Also different memory capacity.

I have not yet convinced myself I NEED  :grin: one but if I did tomorrow, then the choice is made unless something else comes along in the meantime.
My main use would be reading the newspaper though.  the paper copy is getting slimmer and directing you on line for in-depth stories but it difficult to eat meals in front of the PC- hence a tablet to prop up against the salt shaker....john
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Re: 10" Tablet and Sony A580
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 09:43:17 AM »
We have a Nexus 7 which I've been very impressed with - and the 2nd gen version is just coming available around the world that is even better.

The 2nd gen Nexus 10 is certainly something I'm waiting to hear the specifications on, based on the way the 2nd gen 7 manages to offer significantly more than an iPad mini for a lot less.
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