This guide has its roots in our months of work assessing tablets for our main tablet guides, which gave us insight into both i OS and Android devices.
I’ve personally reviewed and used tablets and e-readers since the 2010 debut of the i Pad.
Most people won’t, but there are reasons you might.
One is that you’re frustrated by the challenge of creating and editing complex documents on a general-use touchscreen tablet—you can’t use an instrument more precise than your fingertip to manipulate things on the screen, and the screen may be too small.
This makes these models competitors not just for standard tablets, but as interesting portable alternatives to an external graphics tablet like those in the Wacom lineup.Instead, we looked for the best representatives of each of the major platforms.With that goal in mind, we began refining our requirements, starting with the things we like in an everyday tablet: Beyond a high price, heavy weight, poor battery life, and a small screen, dealbreakers included running an older version of Android and—with one exception—not supporting stylus input.We spent 120 hours over the past year using eight high-end tablets at a desk, on trains, on buses, and on planes to see if we could recommend any of them for in-depth work: tasks such as serious writing and editing, taking extended notes in Evernote, and answering volumes of email at greater length than we’d want to do on a phone.We also asked artists and other professionals how they’ve incorporated these pro tablets’ styluses into their work.