iPad vs drawing tablets: which one should you get?

iPad Vs Drawing Tablet
(Image credit: Apple / Xencelabs / Creative Bloq)

iPad vs drawing tablet can be a tough decision for digital artists. We've reviewed all of the iPad generations as well as many of the best drawing tablets, and they all have their strengths. Drawing tablets are specialist devices designed especially with digital art in mind, but the best iPads for drawing have the benefit of being more versatile, serving for other tasks as well as creating art with an Apple Pencil.

There are pros and cons for each type of drawing tablet. For creatives that need to do more than drawing alone, Apple's iPad Pro may be ideal. Meanwhile, some illustrators and artists will want a purpose-built drawing tablet with a larger screen. It all boils down to your own preferences on display size, stylus, app and software compatibility, ease of use, desk space, and of course your budget. Here we compare the pros and cons of each.

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Beth Nicholls
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Beth is Creative Bloq’s Ecommerce Writer. An avid music photographer and previous staff writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has a keen eye for content and knows just how to create it. Her background working as a tester for CeX has provided extensive knowledge surrounding the latest tech and gaming trends, and she studied Music Journalism too, so you'll probably find her at a gig. Basically, she's a total nerd with a Snorlax tattoo and a Master's degree in Photography, forever wishing she was Peter Parker.