Tablets

Remember that unwieldy seven-pound laptop you used to haul with you as part of your photo gear? What? You say you still do? It’s time you considered a tablet! There are a lot of tablet options out there, some more or less adept as a true photographer’s companion—we have limited our selection here to models that have the ability to import photos directly from your camera.

APPLE iPAD

Still the tablet to beat, outselling the competition by about 2 to 1, according to a recent IDC report, the latest iPad (technically, the iPad 3, but marketed as simply "the new iPad") is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variants. We recommend choosing the largest capacity for your budget because, unlike many tablets, there’s no SD card slot to add storage. You can choose Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + Cellular models (with service from AT&T or Verizon). One of the top features of the new iPad is the ultra-high-resolution Retina display; with 2048×1536 pixels—almost double the resolution of other tablets—your images will look stunningly good. The Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29) lets you import photos from your camera’s SD card, or connect your camera via USB directly. Operating System: Apple iOS. List Price: From $499 (16 GB Wi-Fi).

REASONS YOU WANT A TABLET

1 | Backup & Review. Import photos from your camera or memory card, and you have a convenient backup, plus the ability to review images on a large screen—especially nice when traveling.

2 | A Great Portfolio. Want to show your best images to friends or a potential client? Photos look amazing on tablet screens.

3 | Easy To Share. Another great feature when away from home, you can email photos, post on Facebook or upload to your Dropbox from almost anywhere.

4 | Tons Of Apps. There are currently more than 3,000 photography apps for iPad alone. Granted, not all of these are going to be useful for photographers, and some are downright silly, but you can do some pretty amazing things with your photos right on your tablet. There are also great apps for travel, too.

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