I've provisionally decided that next year I'm going to head over to France, and follow the Tour De France for a bit...probably a week or so. I'll pack up the motorbike, chuck a tent on there, and drive down to Folkstone. From there it's the Eurotunnel (which is cheap as chips for a motorbike normally), and then wherever Le Tour takes me (they announce the full route in October, though as the 100th event they have already announced Stages 1-3 are on Corsica, which is probably a bit too awkward to get to, and Stage 4 is in Nice...a long way, but not completely insane). I'll pick a week to follow it based on what stages there are...ideally some mountains, a sprint or two, and there is always the temptation of the circuit race round the Champs Elysee on the past day.
So the transport and living accomodation is simple (a VFR800 motorbike, and a tent!...with perhaps a hotel or two squeezed in somewhere). One thing the motorbike is currently lacking is power outputs though... I'm going to need a GPS if I want any hope of navigating large sections of France, and if I'm camping the only way stuff is going to get re-charged is via the bike... The initial plan is to add a power supply to the handlebars for a GPS, and (probably) a 12V cable to the rear box as well, so I can charge other items on the move.
I currently run my life off a rather meaty laptop, however for a prolonged motorbike tour, that's too big, and too hard to keep charged, so I need to look into a Tablet PC of some sort, and this is where i could do with some advice. I'll have some very specific requirements for this bit of kit;
1) Charge from USB, or other simple 12V
2) Can accept either USB drives, or card-readers for Sony Memory and SDHD
3) Capable of running basic photo/video editing software (trimming, subtitling, joining)
4) Capable of rendering video to a suitable HD codec for HD720+ online format (I normally run by Vimeo's Recommendations for rendering video for online use)
5) Capable of 3G connection, or of tethering to a phone with said capability. I'm assuming wifi as standard!
6) Rugged (it will be charging in a motorbike topbox, and possibly rendering in there as well while I go along...at the very least I'll be getting a case or a sleeve to protect it).
7) Not Apple
8) Nothing too big, but must be a useable size. Personally, I think 7" will be too small.
From what I've been able to work out, most of the Android ones on the market right now have no USB capacity for USB drives and/or card reader capabilities...however this really isn't an area I've looked at much. If anyone has any recommendations for a tablet that can act as a lightweight media-editor, and a touring companion (working alongside a dedicated GPS, so typically web browsing, mapping, more typical tablet duties...) I'd love to hear them. I should have a new phone by then (assume Android right now...contract is up for renewal in February), so ability to work alongside that is a big bonus. Le Tour 2013 is still 11 months away, so tablets with a release date of 6 months time are viable here...
The expected hardware I'll be taking that it will be working with;
1) Sony CX-130 HD camcorder (USB/Sony MediaStick)
2) GoPro HD Hero2 camcorder (micro-USB/SDHD card)
3) Garmin GPS (specific model tbc)
4) Android Phone (specific model tbc)