Anybody tried a Microsoft Surface.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Simsy, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    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?
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    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.
  3. RalllyFan

    RalllyFan TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 2, 2012
    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.
  4. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    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.
  5. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    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.
  6. Michael Johansson

    Michael Johansson TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 15, 2012
    Ystad, Sweden
    Michael Johansson
    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.
  7. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    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
  8. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    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.
  9. CMJT

    CMJT TalkEmount Rookie

    Mar 2, 2013
    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.
  10. quezra

    quezra TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 22, 2012
    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 :(
  11. olli

    olli TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 16, 2011
    Washington DC
    I played with one for a while in store and liked it - I'm running Windows 8 so it's simple to pick up. I would have been very tempted of I hadn't already bought a Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in the last six months.
  12. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    Well I must say I did end up getting one and I love it I use it way more than I use my Mac now
  13. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    Same here, I liked it a lot and would have gotten one if I didn't already have other devices (Nexus 7, iPad).

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  14. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    I might pick one up when its time to upgrade.
  15. Retiree

    Retiree New to TalkEmount

    Jun 15, 2013
    Northeast Ohio
    Andy Fertal
    I am using a Microsoft Surface Pro with my Sony Nex6 and its a great combo. I'm running the full Adobe Creative Suite on the Surface including Photoshop, Premiere Pro and even After Effects. It's easy to move photos and video wirelessly between the camera and the Surface and I'm also using interchangeable 64G Micro-SDXC cards in each device.

    I can edit HD video and create animations on the plane, and the whole rig, including the camera, fits in a man-purse that has allowed me to ditch my full size roller briefcase and LowePro camera pack. I couldn't be happier with the setup for my use, which includes travel photography/videography and development of technical training programs.
  16. Simsy

    Simsy TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 23, 2012
    Well 5 mths on and im still using my Surface every day I am now doing all of my editing on the tablet because its just better lol
  17. Aaronius31

    Aaronius31 TalkEmount Regular

    Feb 25, 2013
    I have the iPad 4 and I must say that I think its much more amazing for photography than people who don't have one see it is.

    I have a 32GB and I usually keep 10GB empty to put on RAW and MP4 files. And if I want to send it to my computer, I just upload it all to MEGA or Dropbox and download it on my computer. But the game-changer about having the iPad is that there is hard video evidence that Adobe has a developmental version of AdobeRAW editor/ Lightroom Mobile (as of a month or two ago). So once they have a RAW editor on the App Store, I see no reason as to why I'll need to edit on my computer.

    But yeah, just get the SD Card Connector and offload to your iPad when needed. Works perfect for me since I rarely shoot 5GB of RAW in a day. Its very manageable, and like you said, the amount of apps (Google Snapseed is my favorite) is off the charts!

    And the retina display is insanely beautiful and useful to see if you were in focus on a shot you can re-take. I can get a RAW onto my iPad within seconds of taking it on my camera. Any questions and I'll be happy to answer them.
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