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    How are the android apps looking right now?
    Any updates or new apps that are useful?

    The tablet is kind of cheap right now, so I'm wondering if it's worh its money or if the lack of apps is still the problem.
    Would love to hear some opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silwynar View Post
    How are the android apps looking right now?
    Any updates or new apps that are useful?

    The tablet is kind of cheap right now, so I'm wondering if it's worh its money or if the lack of apps is still the problem.
    Would love to hear some opinions.
    This whole "Android sucks" thing is over played imo. It's really about expectations. If you expect to create finished artworks like in PS you will be sorely disappointed and frustrated. If you want a tablet for sketching on the couch or for keeping a sketchbook, then this kind of thing is fine.

    I've been messing with various tablets since the first iPad. Before that I wasn't a digital painter, but I thought it would be a good stepping stone. For me it didn't work because I never connected with the app. A year after, I upgraded to an iPad 2 hoping the jump in hardware would help my experience. It wasn't the hardware, but the software for me. I bought an app called Procreate and everything changed. I "got it". Now, I can move between iOS or Android for sketches and rough paintings pretty easily. I use it for idea generation. I take those ideas and apply them to paper and canvas and my Cintiq.

    It's all about expectations. A little aside about pressure sensitivity or just capacitive touch. I don't think it matters much right now. Just get a tablet that's capacitive touch and use a stylus. The software available on Android isn't really good enough to take advantage of devices that have pressure sensitivity (ntrig or wacom). And the pressure sensitivity hardware isn't great at all. It does work, but the levels of pressure are difficult to control. Better to adjust size on your own.

    Tablets I've owned (iPad, iPad 2, HTC Flyer (ntrig digitizer), HTC JetStream(ntrig digitizer), Samsung Galaxy Note phone, "new" iPad).

    Best apps are definitely on the iPad and that is my favorite tablet, again make sure you're expectations are in check and understand it's not pressure sensitive.

    Android apps aren't as good, but the better ones are Sketchbook Pro, Adobe Ideas.

    Adobe Ideas is a weird app. I like it because the tools are simple and I get clean crisp lines because it's vector based. Again, I don't bring these into Illustrator or Photoshop. I use sketches for reference or just as layers underneath.

    Would I buy an Android tablet for sketching if the iPad didn't exist? yes, but I definitely prefer the iPad.

    I hope that helps.

    Other neat android apps of Note:
    Sketchbook Pro (image resolution is tied to screen resolution)
    Adobe Ideas (Vector, crisp and smoothed lines)
    Infinite Painter (this one is kind of quirky, but once you get the hang of it I like it a lot)
    Papyrus (this is a note app, but it's pretty great so far)

    my 2c feel free to ask any other questions.
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    thanks for the review Sketchroll, I have been seriously looking at the Lenovo for a couple of months now but I keep hoping someone will press Wacom into finally making a 10 inch sensor
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    They have. The upcoming 10.1 Inch Galaxy Note is fully Wacom/S-Pen supported.

    Sadly the Android Art app selection is still garbage compared to the Ipad Art Apps.

    And even though ICS sandwich did help with the lag, and added a hovering cursor...the integration of Wacom with Android is still very buggy...and the cursor (although I love that addition)...makes it much more apparant the problems with the pen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pixelwalker View Post
    How are the android apps looking right now?
    Any updates or new apps that are useful?

    The tablet is kind of cheap right now, so I'm wondering if it's worh its money or if the lack of apps is still the problem.
    Would love to hear some opinions.
    Doodledroid is nice



    but I want an app that has a percistent bar with a color selector and maybe brush size controls, and most apps try to hide these tools to give you more canvas which I'd happily sacrifice to have tools I need to be on screen all the time.
    Art Rage and Procreate on the Ipad are close though.
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    I say hold out for the Galaxy note 10.1 inch tablet! I have the Note (Phone) version and it's very responsive, surprisingly! (Though it's a Wacom digitizer, so it's kind of natural!)
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    Ok going back to a Thinkpad tablet, I rediscovered the Sketchbook Pro again by fiddling with settings and brushes, I think it's a great app, at least all I need on Android right now, just wish the screen was more responsive.
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    The first tablet running Android, they are also releasing the Windows 8 based second version of this tablet this Fall.
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