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    Anybody tried a Microsoft Surface.


    I have been looking around for a tablet of some description for an upcoming trip to the USA in a few months, the problem is I am struggling to find anything worthwhile. Apple has the iPads but they are very limited when it comes to photo storage as they don't have a powered USB so you cannot save all your pics to a USB drive, the good thing about the iPad I guess is they have heaps of apps for photography including editing and cataloging. The Andrioed based tablets are all the same in that they cannot run a powered USB device unless you pay an absolute fortune for them, oh and they run Androied software which to me sux's. That leaves the Microsoft Surface RT, the Surface will run an external USB powered drive so there is no limit to how many photos you can take and store. The big problem with the Surface is the App's unless you have a Surface there docent seem to be a way to see what App's are available for it. So my question here is has anybody had a decent look at the Surface and it App's most importantly its Photo editing App's if any?
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    Sorry, no experience with the Surface, but Dropbox is your friend. Or the cloud. Upload pics to the iPad and then transfer to Dropbox and d/l them on your computer when you get home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bimjo View Post
    Sorry, no experience with the Surface, but Dropbox is your friend. Or the cloud. Upload pics to the iPad and then transfer to Dropbox and d/l them on your computer when you get home.
    This, combined with the retina display, would steer me towards the iPad. I hate that they're so good and so expensive. The Surface seems cool, but just not up to iPad specs as far as I can tell.

    The funny thing with iPad's is watching people walk around and take pictures with them (especially a few miles into the Grand Canyon). I always fear their going to walk right into traffic, or over a cliff.
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    Yeah the iPad seems good but there are a few things I don't like about them number 1 being that they do not support any USB devices oh sure you can get the camera kit so you can upload pics from your camera but that's all it will do. I am also thinking of the longer term uses, I like to go camping and fishing in some remote Australian locations and there is simply no wifi out there in fact a number of the places I go don't even get phone coverage or petrol for that matter you either have to bring it with you or have a diesel car. So being able to save pics to a USB HDD is a must for me. Normally I would just take my laptop but its getting a little old now and with the USA trip I wouldn't mind something small and light.
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    I use an iPad, but it sounds like you might be better of with some kind of net book computer, or even a MacBook Air if you have the funds.
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    Parhaps this is something for you if you only want to unloead the SD-card and store the pictures:

    HyperDrive COLORSPACE UDMA. There are several others like this but I just happens to have this since a few years back. Works very well and fast.

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    So i was playing with my nefphew's surface and as it turns out there is an app version of lightroom available that and they ability to use an external HDD I am really considering getting one
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    So as it turned out the lightroom was only really a tutorial but all turned out well as there is an app called photoroom instead and that is plenty for what I want.
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    We have one and I love it. Seems that not many people feel that way though. We also have an iPad (original one) that we never use except to keep pictures stored on it.

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    Eh I didn't see this thread earlier but the Asus TF700 keyboard dock does have a full USB port and I presume could run an external HDD if needed. The keyboard also serves as a backup battery which appeals to me personally.

    Never tried the Surface, they're not yet out here
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