How to: Put an iPad to work, in the car

Move Photos Around

One of the biggest areas of iPad frustration is that without a Secure Digital (SD) card slot you can’t easily move photos directly from a camera to the pad. Photo JoJo’s Card Reader is available for SD and CompactFlash cards for $15 and $30; together they cost $40.

The SD card reader that I used is plugged into the iPad’s dock connector and sticks out about an inch from the bottom of the tablet. It has a slot for an SD card and a USB port for directly connecting a digital camera to the pad, but it leaves the iPad without a power source so it has to run on battery power while it’s being used.

When you put a flash card into the adapter, the iPad brings up what photos are in the card and offers to import them into the pad or delete them. If they are duplicates, the pad offers to delete them. The card reader is a must-pack for all photographers because it puts photos in their place.

Brian Nadel is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in technology reporting and reviewing. He works out of the suburban New York City area and has covered topics from nuclear power plants and Wi-Fi routers to cars and tablets. The former editor-in-chief of Mobile Computing and Communications, Nadel is the recipient of the TransPacific Writing Award.

  • xxplosiv88
    Goodbye wholesome family roadtrips. BUT, also goodbye to "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?". Something I'm sure I'll appreciate when I have kids
  • ...or you can leave the damn thing in the trunk, until you have arrived at your destination.
  • Hey its really fantastic idea to carry ipad in cars.