Inspiration can strike in the funniest of places – and it’s rarely just when you happen to be sitting in front of high-def monitors and a graphics pad. Tablet computers enable you to sketch out ideas, edit files or merely doodle randomly, whether you’re flying on an aeroplane or waiting for a bus.
All singing, all dancing
Amazon’s first all-colour Kindle is definitely aimed at the public transportation crowd. Costing just $199 in the US (UK price TBC), the Kindle Fire is less than half the price of the cheapest iPad and has already taken a serious bite out of Apple’s market share. It’s likely to launch in the UK later this year – but is it worth the wait?
While the all-black Fire lacks the iPad’s metallic flair, it’s eminently practical. A soft-touch rubberised back minimises slippages, the screen is bright and colourful, and build quality is extremely solid (read: chunky).
The seven-inch screen has the same vertical resolution as the iPad 2 and its letterboxed format means it’s less than 4cm shorter. It’s great for movies and web browsing in landscape, but is a thin experience in portrait mode – although perfect as a comic reader. However, the size means it’s more suited to quick sketching than the kind of plein air painting currently attracting artists to the iPad.