Why can't anyone but Apple make a camera I want to use?
This interesting little story cropped up on ElectricPig today. The site monitored daily average user stats on Flickr to see just how uploaded pics are taken with the iPad 2 camera. The answer? Not a whole hell of a lot. Only 12,570 total images, compared to over 51,000 for the iPhone. That's barely 22 each day, on average.
Obviously, Flickr users aren't a perfectly representative sample of total iOS-users, but the trend indicated here is interesting. When the iPad launched, that missing camera was one of the main complaints against it. But now people don't seem all that interested in using their tablet as a shooter. Which is surprised me at first, because I LOVE my iPad 2's camera.
I've used it to document wildfires sweeping across West Texas and to get shots for several of my reviews. When I need to take a picture and then immediately get it up on the Internet, the iPad 2 is always my first choice.
But that, I've realized, is only because I do not own an iPhone. I'm on my second Evo at this point. And I'm a big fan of the device. It takes decent pictures, it is tough, fast and works wonderfully as a GPS unit. But both models I've owned have trouble sending pictures to my email. At best, the process is slow and often requires a re-send or three. At worst, the phone simply ignores my command and I have to pull the images off manually.
My PlayBook shoots wonderful video and still shots. But it completely lacks the ability to snap and then email off a picture.
So, when time is of the essence, I'm left grasping for my iPad 2. It isn't the most comfortable camera in the world, but it is convenient. It works the way I want it to, when I want it to. If I end up with an iPhone next time around, I doubt I'll take many pictures with my tablet. Until then, I'll keep using Apple to get the job done. Google and RIM are bound to catch up eventually...right?