Okay, This Is Awesome!

I’m not normally a note taker when I’m reading. Mostly because stopping to take notes tends to pull me out of a story. Also because I’ve never found a truly convenient method of doing so where I didn’t have to shuffle my reader with either my laptop or a notepad (which also usually meant trying to find a decent pen or pencil and those are NEVER where I left them). I’m also kind of lazy and all of that is just too much work. I’d rather read.

Sometimes, though, I do need to make a note of something so I don’t forget. This was the case for the current ARC I’m reading. Then I remembered my tablet doing some weird split screen thing when I first got it. This prompted me to play around a bit and found I can split my reading window with a notes window! I can either type my notes or use the handy pen to write them. I have a feeling I’ll be doing this more in the future because it is such an easy way to take notes which makes it totally awesome.

Yes, I’m easily amused by things that make my life easier.

Cool Discovery!

In all the messing around and playing I’ve been doing (yes, around reading), I made a truly awesome discovery. I can draw on my new tablet using one of my absolute favorite drawing techniques. It is a little more work to get the base layer in place, but it is loads less messy and being able to undo something is absolutely amazing.

I downloaded a couple of different drawing apps just to play, but have found, so far, that I love the Adobe Sketch app. I’m still just messing around and trying to learn it all, but when I realized I can adjust the brushes and eraser settings just right I can do this really cool eraser technique. Normally, you would cover you page in a soft, medium shade charcoal then go back using your eraser to add highlights and darker or heavier layers of charcoal to add the deeper shades. This is already an extremely forgiving method of drawing, but when you add the undo… I think I’m in love.

I don’t do a ton of art digitally. Mostly because I find it cumbersome to actually draw on a computer, and drawing isn’t exactly the top of my artistic things to do, though I do really like it. When I got my tablet, I thought it would just be fun. Figuring out some really awesome ways to play with photos in the drawing app  made this really intriguing. Figuring this out? Um… when am I going to have time to do it all?! I WANT to do it all!

The image was just something to play with and isn’t anything in particular. I just wanted to see if I could do this. I rarely ever go the route of abstract, but… sometimes you just have to run with it.

I’m done playing for today and I’m off to try and finish one of the 4 ARCs I’ve got on my reading list. Time?! Psha! Who needs to actually sleep?

The Winning Tablet Is…

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

I actually didn’t intend to go out and purchase this weekend, but I wanted to get my hands on my options so I could see how the size differences felt. When we went to the store, it was supposed to be only so that I could look and get a better idea of what I wanted. Turns out I could get this at a crazy discounted price with a bonus discount included, dropping the overall price much lower than the tablet I was drooling over. The one I got wasn’t even on my radar as it was a couple of steps too expensive for what I was looking to spend. The difference? This one is actually the newer/better version of the tablet I really wanted.

The one downside is the size. This is much larger than I wanted at 10.5 inches and was the other reason it wasn’t on my radar. When you compare it to my Nexus (see image), there is a significant difference. It is going to take a whole lot of getting used to for that difference alone. My reading app feels exceptionally large, holding what feels like 2 or 3 pages worth of text on a single screen. I’m also going to need a case to make it a bit easier to carry around.

This does have the option of adding a keyboard (sold separately), but I really didn’t want or need it as I just want this as a tablet. It is kind of nice to know I have that option for later if it ever comes up, though. It also has some killer speakers for a tablet, which is saying something because I’m a snob about good sounding speakers for music. I rarely do anything with sound on my tablet so this really didn’t make a huge difference to me. I can see how it would be pretty amazing for anyone that plays games or watches shows and movies, though.

It took forever to get everything set up and the apps I use downloaded along with all my books, but I was so excited that I have something that isn’t going to crash on a regular basis. No more spending as much time resetting everything as I do reading. No more worrying that my tablet is going to give up the ghost at the most intense scene in the middle of a book making me wait who knows how long before I can find another way to finish it.

Sadly, or maybe not so sadly depending on how you look at it, I may just spend as much time playing with the frickin’ off the charts cool drawing features I get to play with because this comes with the S Pen (that piece that made me drool in the first place). Saying I was doing a happy dance and squealing like a toddler at Christmas is maybe a tiny bit of an understatement (kind of like that sentence). Especially when I discovered I can work directly on a photo. The number of possibilities this has opened for me is immense. Do you have any clue how many killer drawing apps are out there?

Reading. Drawing. Playing with photos. The only thing that would make this better was if it did my laundry, too.