Digital Photography Review has an in-depth article on using the iPad 2 for photography. Starting at $499, the iPad2 is less expensive, smaller and lighter than a laptop, and features 512MB RAM and a 1GHz dual core processor.
Using the Camera Connector kit ($30) is easy. With a memory card inserted into the SD adapter, or when your camera is connected via the USB adapter, Apple’s Photo app is launched automatically, and brings up thumbnails of all the images on the card/camera.
PhotoSync allows you to transfer images to and from your iPad, iPhone, and/or computer. You need to download the PhotoSync application to whatever phone/computer that you want to use.
The real power comes from a variety of new apps. DP Review mentions a dozen of so of the top photo apps for the iPad 2, including; Adobe Photoshop Express ($3.99), FlickrStack($1.99), Photogene for iPad ($2.99), ShutterSnitch ($15.99), and DSLR Camera Remote HD ($49.99).
A Xoom Tablet on Sprint’s WiMAX network wouldn’t be a bad second choice – if similar Honeycomb apps become available. Sprint’s new Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot includes unlimited 4G use and 5 GB of 3G use for $49/month. Dell’s WiFi-only Streak 7 Tablet goes for $379 on Amazon. One of the (few) good things about the Streak 7 is an SD card slot. Tablets are handy accessories for photographers.