The New View: Apple iPad This one-of-a-kind touchscreen tablet is the classiest, most intuitive digital photo album you can get—and it’s ideal for sharing images with a client.
Apple’s much-hyped iPad is the first entry in a transformative new category of personal, Web-enabled multimedia devices. The sheer size and stunning detail of its 9.7-inch LED- backlit display practically clinches its appeal for photographers. It’s also a wonderfully compact tool for offloading, managing, viewing and sharing photos on the road (though its internal memory is somewhat limited) as well as an elegant way for pro photographers to bring pictures or videos to a meeting.
With 1024x768 resolution, the iPad’s screen is also great for playing HD movies. And its incredibly responsive Multi-Touch interface lets you show off your images with intuitive finger gestures. At only a half-inch thick, this Apple is exquisitely crafted, in brushed aluminum and tempered glass. It’s not a full-function computer, but it does include Wi-Fi and optional 3G, add-on connectors for SD cards and digital cameras, a virtual QWERTY keypad and touch-enabled software such as Safari, iWork, iBook and YouTube. Photos, its elegant viewer and organizer, sorts pictures using Events, Faces and Places metadata and plays slideshows with music from iTunes.
You can now download more than 400 third-party iPad-compatible photo apps. These include filters and effects, online photo services, editing tools and Eye-Fi card wireless file transfer straight from your camera. Available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of flash memory; about $500 to $830; apple.com.