Who else is excited about the Apple iPad 2? I was, until… I learned that it still will not support flash. Speaking of flash, while the anticipated inclusion of front and rear cameras and FaceTime have come to fruition, and much like the current iPod Touch, there is no LED flash! Even the Apple site does not list how many megapixels the cameras are, so what good are cameras if they are crappy?! It will be somewhat awkward holding the device to photograph things, like steering through time. Kind of reminds me of archaic eras when cameras were the size of boxes. Say, “Cheese! I’m going to capture you with this big square.” The big question will be: can I use an iPad 2 for my Orlando Makeup Examiner column? Will the photos or videos be good quality or at least comparable to my iPhone 4?
When my iPhone 3Gs crashed (again) this past weekend, I had to rush to the Apple store at the Altamonte Mall. The Genius said that the camera connector kit would make the iPad or iPad 2 compatible with a Canon 7D. That’s not what the repair manager at the camera shop said. He said the technology on the camera requires higher standards of technology on any connecting device. Even if you purchase the 64GB model, I cannot imagine that it will allow you to quickly view the camera’s contents. The files will be large, and, according to the Canon 7D manual, raw and jpeg images can be anywhere between 2MB to 25MB!
And what about a retina display or anti-glare screen? Now that I have experienced the retina display on my trusty iPhone 4, I do not look at my old iPhone 3Gs quite the same. Yes, it is still there for me when it is not crashing, but, as a photographer, my work is better displayed on a higher resolution screen. I would not plan on doing much reading on the iPad 2. We should leave that to the Nooks and Kindles with anti-glare, even though they are less fun. Then again, grown ups are not expected to have much fun, huh? Wait, what? Fun? Ah, I almost forgot! There are more apps available for iPhones than Andoids.
Can the iPad 2 compare to the Motorola Xoom? It is difficult to say. Motorola runs Android, which supports Adobe Flash, and their tablet has a higher megapixel camera with LED flash. The issue then becomes preference for flash and/or price point. The Xoom starts at $799.00 with 32 GB, which makes it only $70.00 more expensive than the comparable version of the iPad 2. My HTC Evo 4G, on the Sprint Now Network, is not any faster, network wise, than my iPhone 4 on the AT&T Wireless 3G network, and my Evo has strange issues that are common to people I know with the same phone, but that is another article. There is a time and a place, I have to keep reminding myself. In closing, Friday, March 11, 2011, will not be the right time, and the Apple store will not be the right place, unless you want to caught in the middle of huge crowds and met with disappointment.
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