Apple iPad mini hands-on (2019): A love letter to old fans

I've always been really fond of Apple's iPad mini; I bought the first one as a Mother's Day gift, and the iPad mini 4 was one of the first big reviews I ever wrote for Engadget. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't shown its smallest tablet nearly as much...

Moleskine’s paper notebook lets you draw in vectors right inside Adobe Illustrator!

Teaming up together to achieve the near impossible, Adobe and Moleskine have debuted the Paper Tablet, a book and pen combo that translates sketches on paper to digital sketches on Adobe’s software… but that’s not all. The sketches you make on Moleskine’s Paper Tablet don’t just appear as scanned images on your computer. They get vectorized within Adobe Illustrator, giving you an infinite set of possibilities to take your doodles and actually begin working on them in vector software.

The magic happens courtesy Moleskine’s Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Paper Tablet (the notebook), and the Moleskine Pen+ Ellipse pen. The notebook comes with Adobe’s Illustrator icon at the top right of each page, and simply tapping on it with the Pen+ Ellipse lets you save all your progress to Adobe’s Creative Cloud. Once you begin sketching on Moleskine’s special notebook, the Pen+ records each movement, copying each stroke to Adobe Illustrator in real time, although you can sketch independently without having Adobe Illustrator open too. With a simple Adobe extension, you can beam all your progress to Illustrator and sketch in real-time should you choose. You can even undo actions and brush strokes on the digital file (although that won’t happen on paper).

Essentially replacing the need for a Wacom, while providing integration with Adobe’s Illustrator to remove all sorts of friction, Moleskine’s Paper Tablet is a neat way to take your doodles and sketches to the next level while retaining the comfort of drawing on paper.

Designers: Moleskine & Adobe

An origami-style tablet stand that’s thinner than your credit card

Crafted from environmentally friendly PVC and PP, the FODI is a nifty little stand for your tablet and smartphone. When flat, it measures a cool 1mm thick, and uses the powers of Origami to fold open into a convenient stand that lets you dock your smartphone or tablet onto it at a convenient angle for watching videos, movies, or just regular video-chatting.

The FODI is made from polymers that provide strength over periodic use (the PP gives it its flexible ability). Designed with alluring patterns like marble, granite, wood, or even graphical designs, the FODI goes rather well with the tech that docks on it as well as the decor around you. Its incredibly slim profile even means you can carry it around with you in your tablet-sleeve or backpack. If only it could wirelessly charge your devices too, that would just be perfect!

Designers: Kade Chan & Kiho Satoshi

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This Tablet Folds Down To Half Its Size!

The idea of a folding display might sound like a sci-fi fan’s dream, but the flexible future is already here! Following the release of a few bendable displays in recent years, designer Kizuku Kitada takes things to an entirely new level with this tablet notepad that features a complete 180-degree fold. The design, dubbed éf NOTE, is distinguished by its seamless display and ability to fold down to have its size. Reminiscent of the traditional notebook, it’s at once familiar and futuristic.

Designer: Kizuku Kitada

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Google and Samsung on the perfect 2-in-1 tablet

2018 was the year every major tech company tried to create a tablet that can double as a laptop. We saw Google's Pixel Slate, Samsung's Galaxy Tab S4 and Galaxy Book 2 each attempt to be the best lightweight entertainment device that is powerfu...