A portable device for reading and drawing.
October 15, 2012 4:26 PM Subscribe
Please recommend a device (or devices) for two activities: reading and drawing. And by reading, I don't just mean plain English text. I also have some special demands regarding drawing.
posted by Nomyte to Technology (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Reading: My reading will include lots of Cyrillic text (plain TXT, formatted text, PDFs, maybe ebook formats), English text with math notation, and articles in PDF (possibly scans) that often include tables, diagrams, and (possibly color) images. I would like to prioritize the ability to read letter-sized pages comfortably, perhaps through the use of smooth, non-tedious scrolling. Color is optional, but preferred. Superior portability is not a major requirement.
Drawing: My current tool is Sketchbook Pro on a Fujitsu T5010 Lifebook. This is an aging 13-inch tablet PC (note: predates the iPad, not a tablet). Most importantly, whatever I replace it with will need to have a similar screen size, possibly slightly smaller, but not by much. Note that the screen area of my T5010 is 167% of an iPad's. I find drawing on a small screen crabbed and stifling. The replacement device should work with a stylus and feature pressure sensitivity equal to or better than a cheap Wacom tablet (256+ levels). Finally, the device should work with Sketchbook or another application with similar features. I am not looking for a doodle pad or a digitizer tablet.
In sum: What are my options? Tablet PCs are still around, but they're relatively bulky, specialized, and expensive. Tablets are light and relatively cheap, but also small and possibly lacking other features I want. Let's budget $1000. Thanks!