It is quite obvious that technology is taking over, making our lives easier and more enjoyable. One solid role that tech has filled in recent years is that of making work easier in the office. Almost every place of business these days owns a plethora of advanced devices for assisting in work and making the office run seamlessly.
One emerging device, which is increasing in popularity like wildfire, is the tablet computer. Tablet computers, the etch-a-sketch of today’s generation, fulfill needs across the charts. The major selling point of tablets is being the perfect size: more portable than a laptop, but offering a larger workspace than a smartphone.
With enormous app markets on the leading mobile operating systems, there seems to be an app for almost every aspect of daily life. From office applications to games, there surely is an application to suit the needs of the consumer. Since a tablet is roughly the size of a piece of paper, it would seem like the best match for an artist. However, some tablets handle drawing much better than others. Today, we will try to find the best tablet for drawing.
While the Apple iPad seems to be the jack of all trades when it comes to tablet computing, it actually works sufficiently for art. The latest iPad is equipped with a 9.7-inch LED screen that displays a 2048×1536 resolution. The “A6X” processor installed in the iPad sports quad-core graphics processing, a definite positive for drawing.
While the iPad has applications for drawing, such as Sketchbook Pro, it has its flaws. Firstly, capacitive touch screens have a limit on the size of styluses that can be used, so no pointy-tipped stylus for drawing. Secondly, the screen is not pressure sensitive, meaning it will pick up every stroke as the same, including the palm of the hand, no matter how hard the screen is pressed. The user has to manually select the size of stroke that they want. However, there are Bluetooth styluses that can send a pressure signal to the tablet.
Even with these flaws, at around $500, the iPad is a drawing tablet.
Microsoft Surface Pro:
The Surface Pro from Microsoft was designed with a wide variety of uses in mind, a major one being art. It has Intel HD Graphics 4000, on a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display, with a 1920×1080 resolution. The Surface Pro comes packaged with its own digital stylus, which means no drawing with cheap styluses that feel like pencil erasers on the screen. This tablet uses Wacom digitizing technology, meaning the stylus is responsive on the screen and is also pressure sensitive. Strokes will be measured by the force applied on the screen, and will vary in size depending on the pressure of the stroke.
One major plus with this feature is the palm-rejection. On regular capacitive screen, a palm set on the screen to balance the stylus will most certainly be picked up by the screen, thus making marks in unwanted places. On the Surface Pro, the palm can be set down without any negative consequences on the art. Another plus is that it is not held back by a mobile OS. Since it runs Windows 8, the tablet can be used with almost any desktop drawing application with ease.
However, the tablet is plagued with poor battery life. Starting at roughly $899, the Surface is definitely a contender in the drawing tablet market.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1:
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a touch screen tablet from Samsung. Unlike previous entries on this list, the Galaxy Note runs Android, Google’s open-source OS. The Galaxy Note has a 10.1-inch WXGA LCD screen displaying a 1280×800 resolution. Like the Surface Pro, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with its own proprietary pen, the S Pen. The S Pen is essentially a Wacom stylus, similar to that of the Surface Pro. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also features a pressure sensitive screen, with 1,024 levels of pressure, for incredibly accurate lines. The Galaxy Note 10.1 mixes the aesthetics of the iPad with the performance of the Surface Pro. At around $500, the Note 10.1 is the best valued tablet for drawing.
With today’s technology, tablets are capable of producing high quality art. With advancing technology in tablets, as well as this guide, you should have little problem finding the best tablet for drawing.