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Univeristy tablet - writing using stylus pen

by amirj11 / June 18, 2017 8:33 AM PDT

I'd like to buy a tablet to replace my plain old paper notebooks during classes.
The main use will be writing (ideally a constantly updating pdf file, to create 1 pdf file per course at the end of semester, but that's an app question and not a hardware one) using a stylus pen - so accuracy and convenience are key.
I'd like it to be able to play videos/movies as well (online and offline).
Should I opt for capacitive screen of resistive screen?
Can you recommend any models?
My budget is around 400USD.


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Look at what others use today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2017 8:38 AM PDT

Here that's the iPad and note taking app. If you write about the pen accuracy that only tells me you haven't seen how this system works. Get a demo!

I wonder about your resistive screen question as I haven't seen one in over 7 years now. Who's making those?

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by amirj11 / June 18, 2017 8:44 AM PDT

hey, thanks!
using tablets intead of paper isn't very common here so I can't really compare with other students.
I haven't seen the iPad at work, but is it true that the apple stylus pen can only be paired with the iPad Pro (and not the regular iPad)? the Pro starts at $650 which is a bit over by budget.
about the resistive screen - I guess I got a bad tip from someone, nevermind that!

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Sure if you want to get on the Pro.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2017 9:28 AM PDT
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Most students just use a run of the mill iPad and usual pen. Get a demo of Penultimate and you see how it works. There are YouTubes on that and I fear that you are thinking your pen must be pixel accurate. That's not how it's done.

Plenty of articles and YouTubes showing this but a lot of folk are just learning how to use to find these so here's a link and YouTube.

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by amirj11 / June 18, 2017 11:19 AM PDT

I tried searching but couldn't get a definitive answer - all the videos I saw were of people sketching and taking notes, not placing their palm on the iPad. writing like in a notebook requires placing the hand on the screen, can the penultimate handle that and cancel out that "noise", disregarding the palm?

What about android based tablets such as Galaxy Tab A with S Pen?

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That's why you need a demo.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2017 11:33 AM PDT
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samsungs tabs
by renegade600 / June 18, 2017 12:53 PM PDT

samsungs tabs have wacom drivers so you can write on them with IMO, better accuracy than ipads. In addition, you can write on asus ZenPad 3S 10 (Z500M), it is also very accurate. That is what I am currently using.

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When folk show me the Sams
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2017 1:04 PM PDT
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They are usually sharing the Samsung Note series. The ones with the pens.

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just want to add
by renegade600 / June 18, 2017 1:15 PM PDT
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google handwriting app will work with any tablet Happy you use your finger, not a stylus Happy give it a try on your smartphone.

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Stylus for zenpad
by Beno9999 / February 21, 2018 4:14 PM PST
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I also have an asus zenpad 3 S 10 and I’m looking for a decent stylus. Which do you use?

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iPad Pro all the way :)
by aydanmonty / June 19, 2017 6:38 AM PDT

I'd go for a used iPad Pro, considering your budget, but if you can't find any, a new Samsung model can also be a good idea, but I'm afraid they don't come with a stylus, but you can grad a third party one. Look at Wacom, I think they have something that could help you.

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