Note Taking Tablet for University

Discussion in 'What Tablet PC Should I Buy?' started by sashpta, Oct 24, 2017.

  1. sashpta

    sashpta Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    <350 Euro

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    no

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    media/mobile tablet, NOT a 2-in-1 thing

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    10 inches

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    Germany

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    no

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    atleast 8 hours

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Note taking, PDF reading, little browsing

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?
    I don't care about the OS

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    One Note and pdf reading / editing (adding notes to the pdf)

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    No

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    No

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?
    atleast 1080

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Yes, I need to be able to see it through glare from the sun

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    I want to use a pen with it

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    atleast 16GB, preferable expandable, but no must have

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    Just USB, rest is no must have

    Misc
    1. Other non specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?

    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    What is about the Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) or Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1?
     
  2. violajack

    violajack Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The Fire HD does not have a digitizer, so any aftermarket pen will be frustrating at best. The Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is a solid bet if you get the one with S-Pen. It must be the one that comes with the S-Pen so the digitizer is built in. Handwriting on that will should be as nice as pen on paper, a great experience for taking handwritten notes.
     
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  3. sashpta

    sashpta Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Isn't a digitizer the thing where you write on a piece of paper and what you wrote then appears on the tablet?
    Cuz I'd like to write directly onto the tablets screen
    According to Amazon the Samsung tab a in Germany isn't a pen supported however they say there should be a version of the tab a that supports a pen...
     
  4. Shiratori

    Shiratori Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Here is the one with the S-Pen on the German Amazon site. It comes in within your budget as well.
     
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  5. WillAdams

    WillAdams Scribbler - Standard Member

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    In a tablet context there are a couple of different digitizers:

    - capacitive ones which are touch --- these are typical
    - active ones which require an electronic pen --- some of these are a superset of capacitive (Wacom AES, NTrig) while others need a separate digitizer (Wacom EMR)
     
  6. SciuriusRex

    SciuriusRex Pen Pal - Newbie

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    the "digitizer" is the sensor grid & hardware control system that keeps track of the stylus location/screen contact.

    Yes, the Intuos is a standalone digitizer, just like the pad on a Yoga Book.

    Capacitative (non-pen) touch-screens have digitizers built into the screen assembly: i.e. any smartphone.

    A stylus-enabled tablet pc (pen that writes on the display screen) will have the digitizer built into the screen as well. On the surface above the LCD (synaptics; Wacom AES), or on a frame behind the screen (EMR).

    In all of these cases, the digitizer is mapping & measuring the input device (finger and/or pen).
     
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