Using The iPad As A Photo Portfolio

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I am fresh from the Apple store after investing in a iPad. I must say that I am impressed with the speed and quality of of the device. I loaded my traveling portfolio, the same one I use on the iPhone. The quality of the photos are amazing the color is also very good. It looks as if have I had calibrated the display, it’s that good. In fact, I’m writing this post from the iPad using Pages. The typing is easier that I thought in fact I am almost using all my fingers in landscape mode.

I bet the question that you are wondering is should I purchase one now or wait for the 3G version. If you need the availability of 3G then wait. It will not be that long and it will be worth the wait.If you have a mobile Internet card now for your laptop and are planing on keeping that card then I would upgrade that card to a MiFi device. A MiFi device acts as a mobile Hotspot, this means that you can connect your laptop and iPad up to the same MiFi at the same time. The only drawback to using a MiFi is there is a limit to the amount of data you can use in a month, which is most likely 5gb per month, so be careful. Using a MiFI card you don’t have to wait you will have Internet where ever you go.

Let’s talk about the portfolio part of the iPad now. Syncing your photos to the iPad is quite easy, you simply tell iTunes what photos or folder that you want to sync. I do all my editing and organizing with Aperture 3, but because iTunes will only sync with the last open library from Aperture I export my portfolio picks to iPhoto. I could just as easily export to a special folder then sync that folder but I like using iPhoto better. In iPhoto I create albums for each photo subject. ITunes automatically “optimized” my photos for me when I sync my iPad with iTunes. So, that in mind, space is not a issue, that is unless you have way too many photos for a portfolio.

As far as quality of the photos are concerned, it’s very good. Resolution is good enough that you can zoom in to about twice the size, but the compression is a little too much for my taste. The good part is I did not notice the compression until I started looking for it. Overall I am still happy with the results. Beware that outside in day light, the display is not bright enough to see photos clearly so find some shade or go inside.

I highly recommend this device as a portfolio. It fun to use and impressive to show.

Bill Debevc