*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:
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:
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.
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