Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Makes Batman Happy

Happy Batman

Yikes! Another lengthy gap between updates…rest assured there’s tons of stuff coming down the pipeline (like maybe finally creating an ‘about me’ page and changing that header).

In the meantime, after a year of drawing on my iPad 2 and constantly changing styluses (stylii?) in hopes of getting something remotely close to the precision of an actual pen (the Adonit Jot Pro is the current winner there. More on that another day), I made the jump to the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

The draw (pun intended?) for me was two-fold: a) the included S-pen stylus seemed like the potential solution to all my portable digital drawing woes and b) I’d never tried an Android device. So far I’m pretty impressed on both counts.

The Galaxy Note has been reviewed ad nauseam all over, so I’m not going to get into specifics. I will say, however, that I don’t have any issues with the build quality (which seems to be a concern elsewhere). It seems pretty robust to me—and in all likelihood it’s just going in a case anyway, right?

Batman Drawing

A quick Batman sketch done at a coffee shop using the Galaxy Note with the LayerPaint app.

As for the touted S-pen? So far it’s great! I was worried about the small size being awkward to hold comfortably, but no issues so far. The bundled apps don’t really do it justice though (I’m looking at you, Photoshop Touch—what’s with those rough lines?). I didn’t get really excited until I picked up LayerPaint (despite the off-putting icon), as that seems to be what I wanted from Photoshop Touch in the first place (smooth lines, natively exports layered PSD files at 600dpi!) More on LayerPaint in another post, but highly recommended).

The happy Batman drawing above was the first quick sketch I did using the Galaxy Note and LayerPaint. The small pen tip and integrated palm rejection make drawing on the Note incredibly easy and smooth, so a happy Batman seemed like a natural choice.

More to come soon!