Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Apple Pencil - Quick Review

I got my Apple Pencil a few weeks back.  I checked in our local Apple Store multiple times to see if they had one that I could get earlier, but they did not.  If they did receive any early, they did not stay in the store for very long.

I have used the Pencil with Notes, Paper, and Procreate.  Each application uses the pencil well, with very little lag.  Not surprisingly, the built in Apple Notes app makes great use of the Pencil.  I have used it for drawing and for note taking.  I end up with a mix of typed and hand written notes, and of course it works great for diagrams. 

Big thumbs up for hand-writing and note taking.

I'm a doodler at best.  I love using the Pencil to draw.  Definitely the best stylus I have ever used.  I hope to spend more time drawing and painting with the Pencil.  Hopefully I'll actually get better at it.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

iPad Pro - Where the Frak is my Pencil?

Yes, I did get an iPad Pro.  

Quick Review: It's a bigger, faster, better sounding iPad.  Make your purchasing decisions based on that.  The enticement for me is 40% larger iPad and 60% Apple Pencil.  

I ordered the pencil at the same time I ordered the iPad.  I received the iPad mostly on time, with some major tracking issues I blame on UPS. 

The real frustration is waiting on the Apple Pencil.  Apple must have had some sort of major manufacturing issue with the pencil.  They have been difficult to get, unless you camp out at the store, or were chosen to receive one due to your press status.  Reviews for the pencil have been overwhelmingly positive, with only a few minor gripes.  

I was able to spend a few minutes with the Apple Pencil at our local Apple Store. Not enough time to give it a real review.  However, it was enough time to say it was the best stylus experience I have ever had.  I have long wanted to get a Cintiq, but could not justify the purchase for my amateur artistic interests.  The iPad does what the Cintiq does and is a full featured iPad.

I'll just have to sit here waiting for my pencil to ship.