My name is Vicky and I’m a writer and illustrator. Hitherto Mac-only, I got my first tablet PC in 2004, and was hooked. As a kid, I loved to use drawing toys: Spirograph, Etch-a-Sketch, Magic Slate (those wax things with the plastic sheet), and of course, Woolly Willy, where you drew with a magnet. So it’s no surprise I’d be “drawn” to tablets. My goal with this site is to help readers like you figure out which is the right tablet for you.
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Hi Vicky ,
I am a beginner as an illustrator. I am looking at Tablets which can be used both for illustration and normal day to day usage like music and video recording.
What’s your take on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7-Inch, 32GB Tablet ? Also when compared, which one would you suggest -Galaxy Tab S3 or Tab A 10.1″ (both with S pen)?
The S3 screen is higher-res, and is AMOLED, so it’s better than the Tab A’s. The speakers on the S3 work with the gyrometer: “Powerful Quad speakers, tuned by AKG, calibrate with your movements as you rotate the Galaxy Tab S3, and intuitively reflect what’s playing on-screen.” So those make some difference with playing back video and music. The S3 supports HDR10 video. The S Pen you get with it is thicker than the one you get with the Tab A (you can also use a Wacom EMR pen, the kind that go with mainly older tablet PCs). The S3 has 4GB RAM and the Tab A has 3GB. The S3 is smaller; I prefer a larger screen for drawing, but it’s not that big of a size difference. The S3 is higher-end; colors and sounds will be better; it’s fancier. If the price is not a big factor I’d get the S3. The Tab A is fine for everyday uses too, and is a good value.
wanting to buy my wife a tablet capable of being used to draw and paint pictures whilst on the move! not fixed to a computer. Can you please help with a few suggestions. Many Thanks.
Hi, probably the easiest kind is iPad Pro (have to buy Apple Pencil for it)–the 12.9″ one is a better size–or aSamsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen. Or, if you want to run Windows, Surface 3 or Surface Pro 3 or 4. But depends on budget and what exactly you want to do–which software you want to use, especially. On the comparison chart on this site, look for Windows tablets, tablet PCs, or Android tablets (as well as the iPad Pro). All the tablets on this site have the art features you would want.