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Accounting Major: Galaxy Book 12 or iPad Pro 12?

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General Questions.

1. What is your budget?

1200usd - Both devices come up to being the same since I have Verizon and the iPad would need a case, Pencil and purchasable apps. Possibly 1500usd, but I don't think I need the higher end models of either device.

2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?

Not for the Galaxy Book, but yes on the iPad Pro. I Prefer New though.

3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?

Windows preferred, but the iPad is inexpensive enough to where I could get a cheap sub 350 netbook or use school computers for desktop Excel.

4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?

Less than 13in

5. Which country do you intend to purchase from [where do you live]?

Washington State, USA

6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?

I am not the biggest fan of Samsung, but that's more bias towards their inflated phone prices more than their tablets and computers. The main dislike is price and how long the device will last. Still feeling the burn from my Note 3 barely lasting 2 years.

7. How many hours battery life do you require?

Up to 8 would be fantastic, but I am fine with 6 so long as the device charges quickly and I can up battery life with lower brightness and airplane mode. I only use wifi/LTE when I need to. However I'll carry a 21000mah battery bank as backup regardless.

8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)

College, illustration, small business. I will mostly be working with excel spreadsheets, Quick Books and programs to learn Python on. However, I want a device with great illustration capabilities since I am learning digital drawing for a project I want to pursue down the road so this device will be double as a drawing tablet.

9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an device and use Google services frequently?

I own a Windows 10 computer and a Motto Android device. Google services I use most frequently is Gmail, Sheets and Drive, but the latter two once every few days. I know how to use Mac and IOS, but do not own any Apple products.

10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)

Photoshop for light photo editing, Clip Studio Paint for illustration, Microsoft Office for college/work and Kindle for E-Books. Otherwise fairly light programs to learn Python and Skype.

11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.

Not at all. I have an older gaming rig at home. This device is solely for school, business and illustration.

12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?

The most I'd do is connect it to my 27in FHD monitor if I needed a larger screen for illustration or photo editing. Otherwise not at all.

Screen Specifics

1. Any preference on screen resolution?

Both devices are suitable.

2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?

See the above-linked FAQ for guidance

Yes, but mostly in a vehicle or indoors. My state is mostly overcast or rain so sunlight isn't much of an issue.

3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom EMR, AES or N-trig?

See the above-linked FAQ for guidance

Absolutely, yes as well as pressure sensitivity. I was originally leaning towards the iPad Pro w/ Apple Pencil due to how natural and good it felt to draw with. IAF on the device was amazing since I am light handed and used to drawing on slick surfaces (fountain user for 5 years now). However, I have yet to try the Galaxy Book, but from what I've seen on video and read the Wacom EMR seldom jitters or has parallax. I will be heading to a store with a display model soon to test it out. The Surface Pro 2017 pen was okay and I have read too many issues with jitter and connectivity problems. Good drawing tablets are 500 - 700 and I'm in the market for a laptop so a 2-in-1 unit with a good pen experience is very very important to me, but I don't have the budget to get a Mobile Studio Pro.

Component Specifics

1. What size Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?

Minimum 128GB on Windows 10 and 64GB on IOS. I am fine with non-expandable memory and although I'd like 8GB RAM, from what I'll be using it for 4GB should be enough. So long as I use Firefox I shouldn't run into any RAM problems and heavier Photoshop tasks my home computer will handle.

2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?

Both are fine since the iPad pro can transfer files to a wireless USB. However, I really really like the idea of USB Type-C and MicroSD card slot for extra storage. My phone uses Type C same with most fast chargers and battery banks. There is less of a hassle transferring data through type C compared to the iPad Pro.


1. Other non-specific items ~ please add other items you require not covered above?

Are there any good cases for the Galaxy Book? I've never had a laptop or tablet type device fall, but since this is such an expensive purchase I'm wondering if there are any cases.

I think this relates to durability too. It will probably never happen since I take care of my laptop/tablet type devices very well.

Also,can this be hooked up to a monitor and act as a secondary display? Sometimes I might need a larger display and was wondering if I could hook this up to a monitor.

2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?

Reliability. Above all else I need this device to last me at least 5 years before I even consider replacing it. My last major purchase (desktop I am on right now) was purchased 6 years ago and is still going strong. The main reason I didn't go for a Surface Pro is due to reliability and pen issues.


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