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Along came the Note series. I had no interest in a Note phone. Too small a surface area to do any real drawing. Amusing, I think, since they were probably about the same surface area as that original Graphire.
Still – the fact that Samsung was smart enough to try a real digitizer device hardware solution in a (relatively) cheap Android OS device was enough to pique my interest. I figured I had a replacement for my LS800 without the weight and heat.
For the most part, I was right. I bought the original 10.1 (not the 2014 edition) and I loved it. There were only two real negatives, and both were fairly minor:
- It didn’t have the resources to do large scale images. This wasn’t really a big deal to me. I only wanted a portable digital sketchbook (a full blown finished-image device seemed unrealistic when it came to costs) and I was used to this sort of thing from my LS800. Give me something simple, to do sketch work with, and I would be happy.
- Lack of environment. Android is great in general. I’ve played with iOS a bunch, and I genuinely don’t feel like there’s much difference in the two ecosystems. I’m not looking to prosthelytize here – I’m just saying that I had no need to move to iOS. That said, there wasn’t much in the way of apps that would function well for my new tool. I finally found Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, bought it (update 20180609 – the app is now free to everyone!), and have been using it ever since. It’s somewhat limited, but again – the idea is a sketchbook and SBP works great for that.
One last note about this one. (See what I did there?) I highly recommend picking up one of these specialty styluses (stylii?) if you are going to use a Note tablet. It gives you the ability to flip it around and erase without changing tools in the app. This nod to ‘traditional media’ has made me very happy over time, and mimics real Wacom Stylus tech. Well worth the few additional bucks.