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    Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Review

    *Updated with 2 new sketches using photoshop touch

    The Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet is quite possibly the best purchase currently available for a artist on the go. It is a 10.1inch 1280x800 Android 3.1 tablet (honeycomb) that uses the pressure sensitive N-trig duosense digitizer technology. The pen is optional and will cost an additional $30 on top of $499.99 for the tablet. The N-trig digitizer performs surprisingly well as you will see in the images and videos below.

    As an Android Honeycomb tablet, there are only 4 real apps that truly supports the active digitizer pen. However, despite it's small offering, it is an extremely capable product. The 4 apps I will tell you about in this review is Sketchbook Pro HD (4.99), Picsay Pro (3.99) Note Mobile (Pre-installed), and the just announced Photoshop Touch (9.99).

    Sketchbook Pro HD is identical to the iPad offering. The only difference here is that it now supports N-trig digitizers for Android tablets. Other android tablets like the HTC Flyer and Jetstream also support full pressure sensitivity in Sketchbook Pro HD. If you have used Sketchbook Pro on a standard pc, you will feel right at home with this version.

    Here is a quick sketch done in Sketchbook Pro HD:
    http://db.tt/EYz2e0hW


    Picsay Pro is great for making notes on photos. Picsay pro has a built in camera function and drawing function. Fire up the app, take a photo, then paint over the photo without ever leaving the app. The pro version now supports pressure sensitivity, which equals more control over the things you draw. However, the performance is not as smooth as Sketchbook Pro HD and sometimes your inputs will not be shown.

    Notes Mobile is a pre-installed note taking app for the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet. It has two ways of taking notes. The first is free draw and acts just as it sounds. The second however, is its handwriting to text feature. This feature works flawlessly IF you don't write in cursive.

    Finally, Adobe just announced Photoshop Touch the other day. In their press release there was absolutely no mention of pressure sensitivity. However, after digging through the internets, I came across one person on a forum claiming that pressure sensitivity was supported. This claim was more than enough for me to download and see for myself. Android's refund policy is only 15 minutes, I had to move fast. Once downloaded and installed the first thing I did was go to the brush tool. And low and behold there was the pressure sensitivity option.

    Here is a quick sketch done in Photoshop Touch:
    http://db.tt/bLobesTk

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    Adobe Photoshop Touch is the best sketching and photo editing app you can download. Between Photoshop Touch and Sketchbook Pro HD, Photoshop Touch is the clear winner. It is far more responsive and has a ton of features that you can play around with.

    Video demo of all 4 apps coming soon.
    If you have questions or request, please ask them.

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    Thanks for your observations and nice sketches.

    I had been wondering about this Lenovo tablet as a decent portable option. How is the system overall? Is it responsive or maybe a little sluggish? I'm seriously considering an HTC Jetstream because the build quality seems higher and I like their Sense UI.

    A few clarifications. The Sketchbook Pro for Android is not the same as the iPad. SKP on iPad is at version 2, whereas Android is version 1. Android version 1 is roughly equivalent to iPad version 1. SKP v2 for iPad is much improved and I hope they bring a similar update to Android.

    SKP on HTC Flyer will not work stock because the Flyer has Android 2.3. SKP requires Android 3.0. When/if the Flyer gets updated to Honeycomb SKP should work with pressure sensitivity.

    There is an app called Quill that is vector based and supports the n-trig pen. I think it's mostly geared toward note taking, but it might work for sketching as well.

    Thanks for your thoughts on PS Touch. I look forward to your video.

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    Nice sketches. I look forward to the video. I would like to see how pressure sensitivity works in Photoshop touch (specifically opacity).

    Edit: Sorry about this second post, originally my first post was eaten, or so I thought. So I decided on a much smaller post here. And now the old/first post has showed up.

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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. I may just go ahead and take the plunge seeing as how no one else is really making one.

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    Yeah, I was looking at the Lenovo and sketchbook pro not having the high res capabilities of the iPad2 didn't make me want to make the switch yet, so I'm thinking I need to wait for the next generation of Android tablets with ice cream sandwich. The stylus looks sweet though, as the fat capacitive stuff is not so much fun.

    The photoshop touch thing looks interesting. Is there an iPad 2 version coming out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppybunny View Post
    Yeah, I was looking at the Lenovo and sketchbook pro not having the high res capabilities of the iPad2 didn't make me want to make the switch yet, so I'm thinking I need to wait for the next generation of Android tablets with ice cream sandwich.
    I don't understand...are you saying that Autodesk has a special iPad only version of SBP that has a higher resolution than the Android version or are you saying that the iPad 2 is a higher resolution device?

    If the former, well I cannot say for certain but would not think that is possible.
    If the latter....well you need to do more research.

    The iPad 2's display is 1024x768 while the Lenovo's is 1280x800 and there is less than an inch difference in size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penabled View Post
    I don't understand...are you saying that Autodesk has a special iPad only version of SBP that has a higher resolution than the Android version or are you saying that the iPad 2 is a higher resolution device?

    If the former, well I cannot say for certain but would not think that is possible.
    If the latter....well you need to do more research.

    The iPad 2's display is 1024x768 while the Lenovo's is 1280x800 and there is less than an inch difference in size.
    Sketchbook Pro for the iPad 2 is a bit different. Even though the screen resolution is 1024x768, the canvas size can be 4x that at 2048x1536 (with only 4 layers). This is due to the extra processing power and RAM in the iPad 2.

    There is another app on the iPad called Procreate, where on the iPad 2, supports hi-res (1920x1408) with 16 layers.

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    Much obliged, sketchroll...

    ...your post helped me get off my butt and order one (well, that plus a $500 giftcard, woo!) If my figures are correct, I'll be getting a 16gb Thinkpad tablet, the optional digitizer pen, a Moko tablet case and an HP bluetooth keyboard with a few cents to spare. Or I could've got a basic iPad 2 and...well, not much else. I call that a win!

    One question about Photoshop Touch...I saw something about it using a new file format that's readable by normal Photoshop. Do you know if this format can be read by other graphics programs, like GIMP? Looks like a fun program, but I don't want to spend $$$ for regular PS just to use the files I'd create there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penabled View Post
    I don't understand...are you saying that Autodesk has a special iPad only version of SBP that has a higher resolution than the Android version or are you saying that the iPad 2 is a higher resolution device?

    If the former, well I cannot say for certain but would not think that is possible.
    If the latter....well you need to do more research.

    The iPad 2's display is 1024x768 while the Lenovo's is 1280x800 and there is less than an inch difference in size.
    The former. I looked at the market place for android and sbp is described to have the canvas size resolution, while on ipad2 it's 2048x1536 for max canvas size. If you keep canvas at screen size they give you 10 layers, in hd it's only 4.

    I do like the stylus the Lenovo has. The minute something equivalent of procreate and ink pad are on Android ill dump my iPad. Though photoshop touch might make up for some of it

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    I mean sbp on android, canvas is screen size.

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    Great sketches and review !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Penabled View Post
    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. I may just go ahead and take the plunge seeing as how no one else is really making one.

    They already do. Wacom does produce a 10.4 screen with a 3/4 aspect ratio sensor board. (same as Ipad in the 3/4ths sense)

    Problem is that almost every single Android and Windows Tablet Manufacture seems to only want wide screens, like 10.1, etc. Wacoms sensor boards were also pen only, and didn't have the dual digitizer as seen in the 12 inch models.

    However, Wacom is now officially supporting Android. With both the Samsung Galaxy note (5 inch) and the Panasonic Toughbook Tablet (10.4 inch), and hopefully more down the road.

    And to also point out, The Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet uses an N-trig pen. Certainly useful and better then the Ipads Foam stylus's, but still not up to Wacom level.

    N-trigs Pen solution for Android is also App exlusive. You can't navigate the Android OS using the N-trig pen, only apps that intend for its use can use it.

    Now with Wacom's solution as seen by all the Galaxy note videos, the Pen seems to work thruout the entire operating system, and is not App exclusive as N-trigs is. I find that to be a pretty significant difference.

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    "N-trigs Pen solution for Android is also App exlusive. You can't navigate the Android OS using the N-trig pen, only apps that intend for its use can use it."

    Incorrect, it works system wide. I have a Thinkpad Tablet. This is however true of the HTC Flyer. I don't know about the Jetstream or upcoming Quattro.

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