Review of the Simbans PicassoTab: Best Budget Drawing Tablet in 2023

If you are looking for a good drawing tablet that does not need a computer and is not ridiculously expensive, then the Simbans Picassotab is a great pick. Simbans Picasso is one of the few affordable android tablets that are giving Samsung Galaxy drawing tablets a run for their money with competitive pricing for a quality device.

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Simbans PicassoTab Specifications

  • Screen Size 10.1 inch tablet
  • Screen Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Storage Space: /32 GB expand to 128 GB
  • Processor Quad Core MTK8163 1.3/ 2GHz/Core
  • RAM 4GB / 2GB
  • OS Android Pie 9 and Android 10 option
  • Connectivity WiFi , Bluetooth and GPS
  • Front Camera 2.0 MP
  • Back Camera 5.0 MP
  • Ports USB Type-C, Mini-HDMI,  SD Card Slot, Audio

How much does Simbans PicassoTab Cost

Standalone Tablets are very price and you can rarely get a good one below 300$. The Simbans Picasso Tab is one of the few good ones you can get for just under 250$ for both options 4 GB  and 2GB RAM.

In both options, you will get a free Picasso Pen, screen protector, charger, and leather casing that you would have otherwise bought separately for other brands such as Apple iPad pro.

This makes this tablet by far one of the cheapest standalone drawing tablets you can buy

Display Color and Quality

The Simbans Picasso Tab has a 10.1-inch screen size that is big enough for use as both a drawing and a note-taking tablet. The screen is bright and shows crisp and clear images thanks to the 16:9 aspect ratio capacitive IPS touch screen and large 1280*800 pixels screen resolution.

Although the HD resolution is good for both artists and writers, the resolution is quite low compared to the more expensive iPad Pro at 2388 x 1668.

When you buy the tablet, you get a couple of bonus-free items discussed later in this review. One of these things is a preinstalled screen protector that will help protect your tablet from screen cracks and breakage.

Simbans PicassoTab Stylus

Most Tablets at this price range will need you to buy a Stylus Pen separately with some ranging from up to 100$ for Apple Pen. Among the free bonus items, the Simbans Picasso has a free Stylus Pen so you will not have to spend extra just to get a necessary tool you need for drawing or writing.

The pen has up to 1024 pressure levels that will let you draw many different strokes with ease. Unlike some more expensive brands, the Picasso Pen is battery-powered with up to 1000 hours of battery life.

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First of all the Simbans Picasso Tab is a standalone drawing tablet and does not need a computer to connect.

This means that it is a fully portable tablet great on the go or when traveling or outdoors. This is great because if you were to go for other brands such as Huion or Wacom, at this price range, you can only get a graphic tablet with a screen that needs to connect to a computer for use.

The tablet is small and easy to carry at ‎10.24 x 6.81 x 0.39 inches in dimension and weighs 2.96 pounds. For a fully portable drawing tablet, however, the battery life is short at 5 hours although it depends on usage.

Speed and Storage

The Simbans Picasso Tab runs on an upgradable Android 9 pie operating system and Android 10 for the 64 GB option. For speed and multitasking, the tablet comes equipped with a Quad Core MTK8163 1.3GHz/Core processor and 2 GB RAM with a 4 GB alternative. The 4GB option is faster with a 2 GHz processing speed.

This RAM and processor speed will easily run the most drawing application without problems. However, if you intend to run very powerful games or animation, the processor might be a bit slow and we recommend a more expensive corei5 or corei7 processor.

You have 2 options for file storage that matches the RAM you choose. You have 32 GB upgradable to 128 GB with an external SD card and 64 GB upgradable to 128 GB. This size is enough for most professionals. However, photographers might need a tablet that is expandable up to 1 or 2 TB due to the large raw file sizes.

Simbans PicassoTab Keyboard

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If you intend to use it as a writing tablet or for note taking, we recommend you add the affordable Simbans Keyboard for 10-Inch PicassoTab Tablet to your purchase for a faster QWERTY keyboard and mouse feel when taking notes.

Is the Simbans PicassoTab worthwhile?

Yes. The Simbans Picasso is a good, worthwhile purchase for both beginners and professional artists. This is because it offers great features that you can find on very expensive tablets at an unbeatable affordable price point under 250$. 

Additionally, you get 4 free bonus items unlike when you buy most other tablets at this price point. These include the Picasso Pen, Hand Drawing glove, Leather case, screen protector, and Charger.

Generally, most other brands will only offer a graphic tablet at this price range, not a fully portable standalone drawing tablet.

What is the difference between a drawing Tablet, Graphic Tablet, and a Standalone Drawing Tablet

A standalone drawing tablet has a screen and a computer where you can install the software. It is fully portable and you can use it without needing to connect to a computer. A good example is the Simbans Picasso Tab.

A graphic tablet has a screen but lacks a computer where you can install apps. It depends on a computer to host software but you can still see what you are drawing on the tablet. It is partially portable but must connect to a computer to use.

A drawing tablet or pen tablet lacks both a screen and a computer. It must be used with a computer and is not at all portable. They are the cheapest drawing tablets you can buy, and most of them qualify as the cheapest drawing tablets you can buy.

Because of their price and easy usage, they are the most recommended tablets for beginners.

How do I screenshot on Simbans PicassoTab

To snap your screen or take a screenshot,  simultaneously Press and hold both the Power key and the down Volume.

Does PicassoTab need a computer?

As mentioned earlier Simbans Picasso is a cheap standalone drawing tablet with a screen and computer. So the answer is No. You do not need a computer connected to use it.

  1. Is the Simbans PicassoTab worth it?

     Simbans PicassoTab XL  is a good drawing tablet thanks to a good Stylus and screen. However, it is best for sketching and streaming videos. If you need a professional level drawing tablet, you will need to invest a little more into a premium tablet.

  2. Does PicassoTab Need A Computer?

    No. You do not need a computer connected to use it.

  3. How Do I Screenshot On Simbans PicassoTab

    Press and hold both the Power key and the down Volume button

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