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The Samsung Galaxy Note tablet was on display in their booth at the convention center for CES 2012 in Las Vegas last week. They had digital artists in a smocks and berets drawing caricatures of visitors to the booth to demonstrate the versatility of the small tablet and it was a very effective demonstration. Around the clock people lined up like they were at a Bar Mitzvah waiting to get their portraits done. After the artists finished their sketches they could send it to print on a t-shirt or any number of items Samsung had on display.
Now the interesting thing about this tablet was it really is a nice drawing tool to have when you’re on the go. If you’re the type of artist who likes on the spot drawing this is a great tool to have. You can sketch in black and white or any number of colors. And you can make notes on the sketches as I like to do. I asked my friend Mona Shafer-Edwards a prominent courtroom artist if she could use the tablet in court. It seemed logical to me but she told me “the courts don’t allow electronic devices” But think of the possibilities. You could be the electronic Leroy Neiman, literally drawing sports action on the spot, saving the file and sending it off to a publisher from the same device.
This is an excerpt from PC Magazine…”Where to put the “phablet?” We decided to stick it under tablets to make a point, even though the Samsung Galaxy Note also works as a phone. Samsung wants you to write on this 5.3-inch phone/tablet, and they’re right that the idea of taking electronic notes and making e-drawings is really compelling. Will the form factor—a tiny tablet, a giant phone—take off, though?”
My answer to that question is the “Note” is somewhat of a gimmick and not very practical for most artists. The drawing area is too small and the feel is a little slick feeling. However if I was out in the field in Afganistan like my friend Victor Juhasz traveling with troops and sketching their activities the “Note” would be a great device to have as it’s small lightweight and you don’t have to fool with pencils and paper.
If you want to know more about this great device go to Engadget