My Experience Might Help You

Discussion in 'Professions' started by Mikejody, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. Mikejody

    Mikejody Pen Pal - Newbie

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    I've wanted to get a tablet, and have found out that there are not any made that do the following:

    10 inch (or so)
    Keyboard
    Mouse or trackpad
    Pen support
    Good battery life (8 hours)
    Any operating system
    Any price

    So I set out to get all the new tablets (made sure I could return them if needed) and here is what I found out:

    I started with the Google Pixel C. Great tablet but did not have pen support, palm rejection, etc. Not good. Returned it.

    Next I got the iPad Pro 9.7. Best tablet ever! But, no support for a mouse or trackpad. Do you know how hard it is to move your cursor to the exact right spot in a Word document or email? Almost impossible. Not good. I returned it.

    MS Surface Pro 4. Good tablet, even though it has a huge 12.2 inch screen and horrible battery life. Good pen support. Fairly lightweight. Somewhere around 4 hours of battery life at the most. Returned it.

    I literally could find no other tablet that had everything that i needed, which is listed above.

    MS Surface 3. Good size, good pen support and battery life. I'm keeping it as of now. We'll post more after I use it for a week.

    Anybody else know of any tablet that accomplishes the list of things I need? I'll post the list here again:

    10 inch (or so)
    Keyboard
    Mouse or trackpad
    Pen support
    Good battery life (8 hours)
    Any operating system
    Any price
     
  2. Kumabjorn

    Kumabjorn ***** is back Senior Member

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    Yes, lack of mouse support is a drag. But if your main concern is Word I can tell you that the Smart Keyboard solves most of those problems since it has arrow keys.

    Twitter is to communications as haiku is to literature.
     
  3. siddhartth

    siddhartth Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Microsoft Sp4's Tablet input panel also needs forward backward keys it.
    Not everybody can afford type cover. And Sp4 is supposed to be a complete device on it's own.
    Pen is not as precise as mouse.
     
  4. Marty

    Marty Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Have you considered the Note Pro 12.2? People have reported getting 8+ hours of real-world use on that...
     
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  5. siddhartth

    siddhartth Scribbler - Standard Member

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    You need a Surface 3 + power bank that's all
     
  6. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    +1.
    It seems to be the only tablet hitting all your requirements, (you'll need to buy a compatible keyboard and mouse separately) I acn draw for 6-8 hours if I'm careful about brightness and turning off unnecessary features.
     
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    djas Graffiti User

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    thatcomicsguy Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Have you managed to get past some of the lumps since you got it?

    I keep eyeing the thing on eBay...
     
  9. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    My gripes --lumps-- are with Android in general I think. Weird to get used to when your coming from a strictly windows environment. I have gotten used to Android and understand its quircks and general logic a lot better now, especially since owning a samsung note edge phone as well.
    I have enjoyed the tablet as an accompaniment device for games, sketching and light painting, but anytime I try to do real work on it I get foiled. It does seem that my tablet is the only one doing the thing where it crashes in painting apps and destroys any evidence of the project I was working on, so I imagine it needs a proper reset or something...? I dont feel like those instances I did anything outside of its capabilities. It just happens if I paint for longer than a couple hours or so straight. Those crashes are frustrating, but appear to be outside of the norm.
    The Ipad Pro seems like a fine tablet for light art as well, but I wouldn't want to have to enter their walled garden after all these years of proudly avoiding it.
     
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  10. siddhartth

    siddhartth Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Ram might be an issue. Anything ink for more than a hour is very taxing for system.
    http://viettran.com/tech-talks/41-reasons-why-pen-and-paper-are-still-better-than-an-ipad

    Skip to the last heading called crash.
     
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