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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Enjoy an immersive photo experience with these ultramobile computers

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MOTOROLA XYBOARD 10.1
Motorola's XYBOARD 10.1 can be had with Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Cellular. The Wi-Fi only model offers 16 GB of internal storage; the Wi-Fi + Cellular option is available with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of storage, and requires service through Verizon. You can expand your onboard storage of any of these models by adding an SD memory card. XYBOARD 10.1 features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800. Though it ships with Android version 3.2 (Honeycomb), it can be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Camera Connection Kit for Motorola tablets ($19) lets you connect your camera to transfer photos. Operating System: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb). List Price: From $499 (16 GB Wi-Fi).

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (WI-FI)
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a Wi-Fi-only device, meaning there's no option for cellular service (you have to step down to the smaller, older 7.7-inch Galaxy Tab for that). Still, Wi-Fi is so widely available these days, you may not miss the cellular data option. The display is 10.1 inches with 1280x800 resolution, and there's 16 GB or 32 GB of storage built in, which can be expanded by adding an SD card. The standout feature of the new Note is the S Pen, developed with Wacom. This pressure-sensitive pen can be used for photo enhancement with Adobe Photoshop Touch, which comes preinstalled. The USB Connection Kit ($19) lets you import photos from your camera. Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). List Price: From $499.

KEY SPECS Screen Storage (GB) SD Expansion Size (HxWXD) Weight
IPad 9.7 in., 2048x1536 16, 32 or 64 No 9.5x7.3x0.4 in. 1.44 lbs.
XYBOARD 10.1 in., 1280x800 16, 32 or 64 Yes 10x6.8x0.3 in. 1.33 lbs.
Galaxy Note 10.1 in., 1280x800 16 or 32 Yes 10.3x7.1x0.4 in. 1.31 lbs.

WHAT ABOUT BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK AND MICROSOFT SURFACE?
BlackBerry's PlayBook is a solid tablet for business use, especially if you're already a BlackBerry smartphone user. But it lacks the ability to import photos directly from a memory card or camera—you can only sync photos through your computer—making it a less useful traveling companion. This feature may be added to the platform in the future, but for now the PlayBook is missing an important capability for photographers.

Microsoft recently announced a new tablet of their own, dubbed Surface, which appears promising from the proposed specifications.

Acknowledging the success that Apple has achieved by building both the software and hardware for a tightly integrated final product (unlike Microsoft's usual approach of building the software and leaving the hardware up to manufacturing partners), Surface will make an interesting competitor to the iPad and Android tablets, assuming the device materializes as planned. Surface is scheduled to be released in October 2012.

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