What Android or Windows 8 pen-equipped tablet should I buy for reading scientific papers, writing scientific papers, and taking notes? (Or is the app selection for the iPad sufficiently amazing that I should let it override my distaste for Apple's walled garden and the iPad's lack of an active digitizer stylus?)
I've decided that it's high time I got a tablet to supplement my not-all-that-portable Windows 7 laptop. I'd be using it for reading academic papers, taking notes, writing, and maybe interfacing remotely with Matlab on my office machine. I want something with an active digitizer stylus (e.g. Wacom or its brethren) because I enjoy writing/drawing/doodling on paper and I like the idea of just transferring those habits to digital form rather than having to deal with the clunkiness of a capacitive stylus.
Budget is flexible, anywhere from $200 on up to the $900 range--I'm more concerned about value for money than about any particular number. Lightweight would be good, obviously, and having a good keyboard included or easily available is a bonus. High pixel density is a plus.
Everyone says (e.g., here
) that the iPad is The Best Tablet, especially for academics, but I'm not a fan of iOS because it seems so locked-down and tries to make all your decisions for you. I like to tinker with my computers a bit--for instance, currently I'm figuring out how to install a modified version of the Android OS on my phone. I'm no expert by any means, but I like having options and I hate running into arbitrary limitations on what I can do with my device. On the other hand, tinkering is not a huge part of my day-to-day computer use, so maybe I overestimate how much I would miss it?
Anyway, given all that, what stylus-equipped Android or Windows 8 tablet should I buy? Or would the wonders of the iPad make me forget all about my inability to tinker with its basic workings?