Technologically Tormented to My Limit

I was desperate to have a Galaxy Tab, smitten by the colours, its light weight and size but I think I know now it’s not for me. I wanted a device to use when travelling and it does fit the bill as far as size, weight and even battery life go but I can’t get around the lack of control I have.


When I travel I take heaps of photos so I bought an SD card to store them, unfortunately Google, the developers of the Android system, seem to think that being able to write to the SD card leaves the user wide open to nasties like viruses. At the same time to do anything you need to use an app and to install an app you have to give the developer certain permissions. As an example, to download photos from my camera I needed to give the app developers the following permissions.




Shouldn’t I be more worried by that than the possibility someone might somehow manage to sneak something past my virus scanning program?

I want to download my photos to the SD card. Sorry you can’t do that.

I thought it was magic being able to transfer photos to the Tablet by direct WiFi (no modem or internet needed) until it took me over half an hour to download one weekend’s  photos in batches of 30. I want to connect my camera to the Tablet by cable to download more quickly. Sorry you can’t do that.

They tell me there’s no problem, just upload to the cloud. Sorry I can’t do that. Where I’m going more often than not there won’t be Internet coverage!

When we go away in a few weeks time I’ll be taking the “superseded” laptop as my device of choice and the swanky new tablet with the beautiful screen will just be our backup. 😦



Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

2 thoughts on “Technologically Tormented to My Limit”

  1. oh dear. I have an old iPad and it will only download my images from my iPhone. If I want to edit on my iPad then I have to upload to Flickr and then download images from their – hope that helps. Flickr now have an uploader that automatically finds any new images and uploads them – slight snag in that they pick up every, and I mean every single image – whether it is a photographic image or other graphic image. Good luck

    1. Thanks for trying to think of a solution for me. I sometimes use Photobucket which is similar to Flickr but that’s the same as the Cloud and needs Internet access. I’ve given up on the Tablet for now, will just use “old tech”, laptop connected to camera by cable. I’m hoping before we go away next year someone will have created an app that will do the job for me. Again, thanks for telling me how you managed to get around a similar issue.

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