Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Tablets For Photographers
Download, edit and shape your images on the go with one of these popular mobile devices
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10-1
Deployed by more tablet makers than any other OS, Google Android is open-source, meaning manufacturers are free to use and modify the software for unique user experiences. While that has its advantages, allowing companies to innovate on their own, it also leads to some inconsistencies from device to device. In other words, not all Android devices are created equal.
Newer devices will be running either Android 4.1 or 4.2 "Jelly Bean." Rumor has it that the next major upgrade to Android, 5.0 "Key Lime Pie," will make its debut this fall, perhaps by the time you're reading this.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Samsung's $499 Galaxy Note 10.1 includes the S Pen, which you can use for everything from natural handwritten note-taking to sketching, selecting photo objects and more. Adobe Photoshop Touch is included in the software suite, with support for multilayered images and common photo enhancements.
What sets Sony's Xperia Tablet Z apart from the pack is its ultrathin, ultralight, water-resistant design. It can be submersed in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes at a time—probably not your typical use, but reassuring to know. Pricing starts at $499 for the 16 GB model.
|GOOGLE CHROME TABLETS?|
|Here's where it gets interesting. Google's Android OS powers a significant percentage of the tablet market. A report from research firm IDC released earlier this year puts Apple's iOS at about 49% of the market for 2013, with Android right behind at about 46% and growing. Android is open-source, and popular because of that, but it's also a double-edged sword.
Unlike Apple, which solely and tightly controls both the hardware and software for its devices, third-party manufacturers building on Android have latitude in deciding which version of Android OS will ship with their models. This has led to a somewhat fractured marketplace for Android users, as the capabilities of Android models can vary from device to device.
That fracturing of the end-user experience ultimately isn't great for Google, which has led to speculation that Google may eventually walk away from the Android platform altogether and focus on their own Chrome OS, which currently powers Chromebook laptops, but could easily be adapted for the tablet.
This strategy makes sense, as it would allow Google to deliver a consistent, unified experience under the Chrome brand. As Google moves further into devices—their acquisition of Motorola's consumer division and projects like Google Glass seem to indicate that they will—a closed platform, similar to Apple's "walled garden," ultimately will help Google deliver a higher-quality product.
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