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What tablet should I buy?

For best results aim for an Android tablet with large screen size and high resolution.

There are several large size tablets on the market that are 12″ and larger:

  • Start by taking a look at the 12.2″ Samsung Galaxy – it’s just a hair short of A4 size, but the high resolution makes up for that.
  • Lenovo make several ‘convertible’ laptop/tablets at 13″ and 14″
  • If you need supersized check out the Nabi Big Tab at 20″ and 24″
  • There are also several large Windows tablets that are dual bootable to Android.

The main thing to look out for when it comes to sheet music is high resolution – that will help a great deal when reading notation.  Also make sure you scan your music on black and white mode for the best resolution and contrast ratio.

Full disclaimer: I am not a retailer or expert in tablet hardware so all I can do is mention the tablets that I know have appropriate size screens and resolution for sheet music. I’d recommend you investigate the full technical specs, read some reviews on those shortlisted, and then visit a tablet store to try a few for yourself.

3 Responses to “What tablet should I buy?”

  1. Ron Vermillion says:

    Hi there,

    Just ran into something I thought I should share just in case it would help someone else.

    In an effort to run a larger monitor screen I’ve tried a couple of big screen tablets. A Nabi and most recent a HP Slate. Samsung also has a biggie (17″) coming out but none of the big screens (over17″) will rotate the view to portrait.

    The designers of these things seem to have agreed that no one would want to run them up on edge in portrait mode.

    After much agonizing over how to deal with this, a simple work around occurred. I scan my leadsheets and then rotate them 90 degrees and save them.

    Then when I pull the images up I can simply rotate the screen to portrait and everything works fine.

    Very best of regards,

    Ron Vermillion , CEO

  2. Stefan says:

    A lot of colleagues of mine use Ipads for their sheet music, which works fine. Those have a size of 9,7 inch, and a 3:4 aspect ratio, which is quite similar to that of sheet music. Most other tablets have a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is nice for movies, but not for music.

    Samsung recently released the Samsung Tab A and Tab S2, both of which have the same aspect ratio as the Ipad. I bought the Tab A, because it has a touchscreen pen which makes writing much easier. The lower resolution (same as the Ipad 1 and 2) is no problem, the music is displayed very sharp.

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