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I'm an artist thats looking to get my first real tablet but I'm having a hard time trying to pick between Lenovo's Thinkpad and the iPad 2. I want a good tablet but I also want one that's good for sketching and doing linework. The Thinkpad offers many ports and has some pressure sensitivity but suffers from a lack of apps and some lagging. While the iPad has no pressure sensitivity it dose have a variety of programs including some using vectors which is a big plus for me. Which would you suggest?

asked Nov 29 '11 at 23:32

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edited Nov 29 '11 at 23:33

Aren't the ThinkPads laptops?

(Nov 29 '11 at 23:46) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image


(Nov 29 '11 at 23:51) bayareacat bayareacat's gravatar image

^ http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tablet/thinkpad/ This one is an android tablet. The laptop version is the Thinkpad X220.

(Nov 30 '11 at 06:34) Natheren Natheren's gravatar image

Ouh oh kay...

(Nov 30 '11 at 08:06) AlphaMike AlphaMike's gravatar image

So the way I see it, You have a tablet that has a pressure sensitive screen, and another with programs that is a big plus to what you do. My say is, as much as I love Apple and their products, I'm going to have to say go with the Lenovo tablet. Since you say you needed the tablet for sketching, I found a software that do just that that is compatible with Android powered devices. It's called Autodesk SketchBook Pro, I'm sure you heard of that. I would think, it would be more beneficial for you to get that Android tablet, because one, it has a pressure sensitive screen and I know how pressure play a big role in sketching. Maybe not, I'm not so much of an expert in drawing. Also, the Lenovo tablet comes with it's own pen! Not the biggest plus of all, but it's great that it comes with the pen (Only on certain bundles though, as stated on the site). Where as the iPad, you'll need to buy a pen from a third party company.

The above is my view on the situation you are in. No matter how much I would recommend a Apple product to anyone, your needs are not fulfilled by the iPad. The Lenovo Thinkpad just has the greater advantage at this point.

The above is just my opinion. You do not have to follow it.

answered Nov 30 '11 at 08:17

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Not only that, but the Thinkpad will be able to use Photoshop Touch immediately, since it's available for Android 3.0 now but still in development for the iPad. And Touch uses the pressure sensitivity of the Lenovo stylus.

answered Dec 02 '11 at 15:53

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I will agree that having pressure sensitivity and ports is great but I'm still skeptical after checking out this review. http://www.solidsmack.com/software-hardware-reviews/fully-reviewed-lenovo-thinkpad-tablet-by-jeffrey-matthias-idlehands/ Still I could go either way at this point. But I have another question this time about apps on the Android market. I've found out one app for the iPad called Air Display actually allows a user to use the iPad as a monitor and run programs from their Mac and Windows on the iPad using a wifi connection. Dose Android carry any apps similar to this? I would love to run the full version of Photoshop or even better yet Painter Tool Sai (love that program)on the thinkpad.

(Dec 02 '11 at 18:43) Natheren Natheren's gravatar image
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