Pen-enabled Tablets and Devices running Android Apps

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Device Our Opinion Specs
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (US)
Deutsche Version (DE)

(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) despite being a TFT it is still a great display high enough resolution for daily business
(+) technical specs are enough for a smooth experience during daily business(o) S-Pen cannot be inserted into device, but with a respective book cover it works fine.

Form factor: 10.4″ feels very handy, but also still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go (e.g. in the plane on the train).

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 10
  • 2.000 x 1.200 pixels
  • 10.4 inches

Available models

  • WiFi-only Version
  • LTE + WiFi Version
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (US)
Deutsche Version (DE)

(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) a great Super AMOLED display with high resolution
(+) technical specs are high end – ready for any tasks
(o) S-Pen cannot be inserted into device, but with a respective book cover it works fine.

Form factor: 10.5″ feels very handy, but also still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go (e.g. in the plane on the train).

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 10
  • 2.560 x 1.600 pixels
  • 10.5 inches

Available models

  • WiFi-only Version
  • LTE + WiFi Version
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 (US)
Deutsche Version (DE)

(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) great display with very high resolution
(+) high-end technical specs with a speedy experience(o) S-Pen cannot be inserted into deviceForm factor: 9.7″ feels like an organizer, very handy, but also still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go (e.g. in the plane on the train).
  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android Nougat
  • 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 9.7 inches

Available models

  • WiFi-only Version
  • LTE + WiFi Version
Samsung Chromebook Plus (US)
Our Opinion
(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) S-Pen can be inserted into device
(+) great display with very high resolution
(+) physical keyboard enables better text writing than usual tabletsSpecial: Chrome OS runs Android Apps now.
Form factor: 12.3″ is as big as a sheet of paper (approx. A4 / Letter). Very good for sketching – especially when two people are discussing things with one device in front of them. A bit heavier than the smaller tablets, but still totally ok to work on the go (e.g. in the plane on the train).
Specs

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Chrome OS (but it runs virtually every app your Android tablet does – either online or offline)
  • 2400 x 1600 pixels
  • 12.3 inches

Available models

  • XE513C24-K01US
Samsung Galaxy Tab A with S Pen 10.1″ (2016 Ed.) (US)
Our Opinion
(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) S-Pen can be inserted into device
(+) good display with full-HD resolution(o) computing power is moderate (mid-range tablet)
(o) build quality feels ok, but not high-end
Specs

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 6, Marshmallow
  • 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • 10.1 inches

Available models

  • SM-P580 (WiFi)
Device Our Opinion Specs
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Ed.) (US)deutsche Version (DE)
(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) S-Pen can be inserted into tablet
(+) fast and reliable device, even in 2017
(+) great display with very high resolution(-) no more official Android-OS-Updates availableForm factor: 10.1″ a bit smaller than a normal sheet of paper, thus handy, but still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go
  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 5, Lollipop
  • 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 10.1 inches

Available models

  • SM-P600 (WiFi)
  • SM-P601 (3G & WiFi)
  • SM-P605 (LTE, 3G & WiFi)
  • SM-P607 (LTE, 3G & WiFi)
Huawei MediaPad M2 10.0 (US)deutsche Version (DE)
Our Opinion
(+) fast and reliable device
(+) M-Pen has the same weight and size like a normal ballpen
(+) writing with the M-Pen feels nearly as good as with the S-Pen
(+) good display with full-HD resolution(0) M-Pen works only with a battery
(0) sometimes the palm-rejection does not feel as reliable as with Samsung’s S-PenForm factor: 10.1″ a bit smaller than a normal sheet of paper, thus handy, but still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go.
Nice extra: a book cover with mount for M-Pen is shipped with the Premium-Version.
Specs

  • Stylus: M-Pen
  • Android 5, Lollipop
  • 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • 10.1 inches

Available models:

  • Premium Edition – look for 3GB RAM to be sure
  • (Standard Edition – has no Stylus and just 2GB RAM)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 9.7 (US)deutsche Version (DE)
Our Opinion
(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) S-Pen can be inserted into tablet(o) computing power is moderate (mid-range tablet)(-) display has low resolutionForm factor: 9.7″ feels lika an organizer – especially with the book cover – very handy, but also still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go
Specs

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 5, Lollipop
  • 1024 x 768 pixels
  • 9.7 inches

Available models

    • SM-P550NZWADBT (Wi-Fi, white)
    • SM-P550NZKADBT (Wi-Fi, black)

Side note: there are more models available, but they do not include the S-Pen

Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (US)deutsche Version (DE)
Our Opinion
(+) S-Pen has the best writing experience
(+) S-Pen works without battery
(+) S-Pen can be inserted into tablet
(+) fast and reliable device, even in 2017
(+) great display with very high resolution(-) no more official Android-OS-Updates availableForm factor: 12.2″ is as big as a sheet of paper (approx. A4 / Letter). Very good for sketching – especially when two people are discussing things with one tablet in front of them. A bit heavier than the smaller devices, but still totally ok for us to work on the go (e.g. in the plane on the train).
Specs

  • Stylus: S-Pen
  • Android 5, Lollipop
  • 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • 12.2 inches

Available models

  • SM-P900 (WiFi)
  • SM-P905 (LTE, 3G & WiFi)
ASUS ZenPad 3S 10 (US)deutsche Version (DE)
Our Opinion
(+) tablet is fast with excellent built quality
(+) good display with high resolution(0) Z-Pen cannot be stored in the tablet
(0) Z-Pen requires a battery(-) Z-Pen does not have an authentic writing experience
(-) Z-Pen has a hard tip, which makes loud noises when writing
(-) the battery of the Z-Pen seems to be discharged quite fast, even if you don’t use it9.7″ feels like an organizer: very handy, but also still big enough to use for note-taking in meetings, lectures or on the go
Specs

Available models

  • Z500M-C1-GR (grey)
  • Z500M-C1-SL (silver)
ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 (US)deutsche Version (DE)
Our Opinion
(+) tablet is fast and built quality is high
(+) good display with high resolution(0) Z-Pen cannot be stored in the tablet
(0) Z-Pen requires a battery(-) Z-Pen does not have an authentic writing experience
(-) Z-Pen has a hard tip, which makes loud noises when writing
(-) the battery of the Z-Pen seems to be discharged quite fast, even if you don’t use itForm factor: 8.0″ feels lika a small organizer, very handy, good for personal note-taking on the go.
Specs

Available models

  • Z580CA-1A079A (32GB)
  • Z580CA-1A048A (64GB)

If you happen to know any further android pen-tablets let us know!

If you own one of the listed devices: go to our play store page and download the 14-day free trial of Mind-Objects Think Visual. It is the best support for visual thinking you can get: capture, structure and share your thoughts effortless – with no space restrictions!

Using the software is as intuitive as using pen and paper, with the advantage, that information can be restructured easy and be broadcasted via a projector. This saves time, enables better results and helps collaboration in meetings.

Mind-Objects Think Visual runs on any pen-enabled Android tablet (if you have a device without native pen support you can use Mind-Objects ThinkVisual Touch instead).

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Why did we choose these devices for Mind-Objects?

  • The above devices can recognize the difference between stylus and finger (which gives us the chance to deliver a great workflow with high productivity)
  • In contrast to normal tablets, using the pen/stylus on these devices feels very similar to using a normal pen on paper (great for people using a tablet for the first time)

 

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