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May 20, 2016 17:53 |  #1

Instead of carrying a laptop around to meet with potential clients, I would like a tablet. But, I do have an iMac, so I'm wondering if there is anything I would be wary of if I wanted to go with an Android?
Any advantages/disadvantag​es to the android vs apple products (I love the look of the samsungs) and potential compatibility issues, recommendations as well.


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Post edited over 2 years ago by MalVeauX.
May 20, 2016 18:44 |  #2


What do you do with the tablet for clients? Show them a digital portfolio? Take notes on it?

If you're just using JPG and some app to scribble notes or type notes, you can use any tablet out there. You certainly don't need a costly tablet for this. Spend more effort on getting a portfolio gallery app that displays things the best way you want to present them. That's more important than the device they're on, other than having a nice IPS screen.

I use a 7" asus with an IPS panel and I like it for portfolio sharing. Small enough to not be crazy to carry around, bright, great battery life, and I just load it with JPG's (takes microSD which is a lot faster to load lots of quality images and other things instead of tethering, or using wifi, etc) and use the built in gallery (android) and it is great to see collages and swipe through individual images. $100.

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May 20, 2016 19:21 |  #3

I recently went down a similar path and ended up with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8in). Very happy
with the display capabilities of the tablet. I am not a big fan of Android, but the tablet has a
feature set that works in my application. I have added a microSD card, which is not something
you can do with an IPAD. I have also installed DSLR controller to be able to tether to a camera.

So far I am a happy camper. You should be able to find the tablet $100 off the MSRP if you shop.



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Post edited over 2 years ago by ericcrazyman. (2 edits in all)
May 21, 2016 09:05 |  #4

Had tablets, android. Found they slowed me down So I got me an I5 8 gig 256 gig SSD surface Pro. I got all my win software on it. I can go to a client hook surface wireless to his tv or hook to his monitor and show files and work the the file while he gives input. Yep, a lot pricey.

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May 28, 2016 13:24 |  #5

I've used iPads or a few years now, I also have an iMac and MacBook Pro. I bought the 12.9" iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and find now that I use the iPad much more than I ever have. I love editing on it in conjunction with my iMac with AstroPad app, and I use Studio Pro App for presentations to clients. Studio Pro has a photo loader that works great with OSX to easily get a large number of images on your iPad.


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(I am not connected in any way to either of these apps, just love using them!)

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