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Hi Guys,

I'm looking for some advice please.

I'm currently developing a fairly straightforward application in C# designed to capture various types of client data. I was intending to run the finished program on Windows 8/8.1 tablets and to that end I purchased a Surface pro 128gb.

The performance is great and I was really pleased with it until I tried the camera at which point I promptly returned the tablet and I'm now looking for an alternative. The problem is that one of the key parts of the program is the ability to photograph a clients business card and the resultant pic from the Surface pro was completely unreadable. Although the specs state a 720p camera front and back, it's only 0.9mp which is, quite frankly, rubbish and not fit for anything much more than video calling on Skype or whatever. Basically a real shame and a let down to what is otherwise a nice piece of kit which happily runs sql studio and visual studio making it easy to tweak layouts on the actual tablet itself.

So, the big question is: Does anyone know of a viable Windows 8 tablet alternative or do I need to rethink and look at developing for the iPad?

It must have a camera of comparable quality to the iPad, a usb port to allow the transfer of the install files, a reasonable memory and storage capability - and of course Wifi.

I have looked myself and the most promising looking alternative that I have found is the HP Elite 900. It looks pretty good but I don't want to go to the hassle of buying and having to return again if I'm not satisfied with it so I thought I would see if anyone had any hands on experience with this, or anything else that they could recommend.

All comments welcome.

Cheers
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I would rather use independent scanner device like this one: http://www.amazon.com/iConvert-Scanner-for-iPad-Tablet/dp/B0071RNUJI
or this wireless one: http://www.ionaudio.com/products/details/air-copy
or another one: http://www.amazon.com/CardScan-Personal-v8-Card-Scanner/dp/B000H1F9IA/ref=zg_bs_5728046011_3
etc.

Then the tablet is not as important and you may create your app for wider variety of devices.

Any camera will always produce some damage on the image because it has too short focus length or inadequate lenses etc. and you cannot set the right perpendicular direction so the image distortion is a must.
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I have purchased a HP tablet now and it has a good camera so this thread is now redundant.
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You've been requesting "all comments" in your question... It is obvious the most of them become redundant or useless after you decide about the solution. I would call it brainstorming correctly. :-)
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The problem, with all due respect to you, is that yours was the only comment made and it wasn't a viable solution to my question. I asked for user feedback or suggestions for tablets with decent quality cameras. To plug in a third party camera or scanner is not a good solution with a tablet in my opinion as the whole point of a tablet is it's portability. If you have to start carrying things like scanners around it defeats the purpose, I might as well carry a decent quality digital SLR with me. For a desktop solution, I would agree with your suggestion but, as I said, I specifically asked for suggestions on tablet cameras.

At least you took the time to respond though which is more than anyone else did so I thank you for that and I have awarded the points to you.
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OK, one device is always better from the portability point of view but not as good for the maintenance if any part of the multifunctional device fails. This is not a problem for tablet with camera probably.

And just one additional brain in a brainstorming does not ensure good result... :-)
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