Portable device for designs


My Brother has been in the sign business for some time now, using plotters, flexisign and various other softwares to design and print anything to do with signs. He has a pretty beefy laptop, but a consumer model, which is fine for flexisign and softwares used for printing to plotters/cutters.

He has been asking about "pads"/"tablets". Is there a tablet that you would recommend for him to use, lets say flexisign 8 and/or Adobe Creative Suite 5. Or is a laptop the best option?

Thanks in advance
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  1. Hello Boxa786;

    Right now the pad and tablets are far too underpowered to run Adobe CS5.
    Most pads/tablets don't even run Windows and use beefed up cell phone CPUs.

    An example would be the HP TouchPad running WebOS not Windows.
    Using 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor and 32GB flash storage.
  2. What you could show him is a ultra-portable laptop with a LCD screen that swivels flat and can act like a tablet.

    Core i5-2520M Sandy Bridge CPU, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LCD w/ HD 3000 graphics.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Tablet (X220T) review
  3. A comparison showing a few of the other tablets.

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    From a HTC Flyer review @ Anandtech
  4. Thanks, Iv sent him a link to that laptop. It looks great and just what he needs.
  5. Is there anything newer and better now that we are nearing March of 2013? I am considering tablets... and have never even used a laptop for business purposes. We use FlexiSign 8.6v2, Picasa, many different Photo programs etc, along with Quickbooks and Office files.

    Would Android OS tablets be able to handle any/many of these? Sounds like the Windows Tablet OS is kind of bloated and not as slick as the Androids much less iPads.
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