How to choose a tablet for fashion design

Whether you’re wanting to create digital designs or merely show off your work in a digital portfolio, tabs are where it's at!

15 Jul 2020

If you’re serious about fashion design, try adding a tablet to your tool kit. 

With a powerful tablet you can work on your designs on the go, without having to lug your laptop or sketchpads everywhere. While incredibly portable and sharp-screened models make great digital portfolios for taking to meetings and interviews.

Choosing the right tablet depends on which of these you’re going to use it for. Find out more with our guide…


For creating your designs

In a nutshell: Look for a full-blown design tool with a powerful processor for running design software like Adobe Illustrator.

Fashion designers rely on demanding software. Adobe Creative Cloud is the industry standard – and it has an app specially created for tablets. So if you want to give your own collection the professional edge, you’ll want a tablet that’s powerful enough to run it.

What to look for when buying a tablet for fashion design. 

  • Processor and internal memory (RAM) – a powerful processor is needed for demanding design apps. And if you want things to run smoothly you want as much RAM as possible.
  • A stylus for sketching on screen – something with a textured grip and plenty of sensitivity will give you precision control, so it’ll feel just as accurate as holding a pencil in your hand
  • Screen quality – look for high resolution screens with more pixels for greater detail when working up close


The SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is the perfect mobile design studio on the go. At 460 g, it's no hassle to carry around and that 12 hour battery life means you're truly mobile.

Use the S-Pen to make accurate sketches directly onto the screen. The combination of low latency and high sensitivity means no lag or drag. Plus, a magnetic strip and its own nook means your S-Pen won't go walkabout. See your work clearly on the dazzling 10.4-inch screen.


For showcasing your portfolio

In a nutshell: Go for a tablet with a large, high-resolution screen for showcasing your designs in their full glory

Whether you’re getting ready to apply for fashion courses at uni or you’re a graduate looking for your first job, a professional portfolio will mark you out from the crowd. And the right bit of tech will help seal the deal. 

Nowadays, most designers use a digital portfolio alongside their paper copy to present their work. Usually saved as a PDF or PowerPoint, it looks impressive and can be emailed out on request. Save it on your tablet and you’ve got a ready-made presentation. What to look for when buying a tablet for your portfolio: 

  • High-resolution screen – for showcasing your designs in vibrant colour and rich detail
  • Slim and lightweight – you’ll want something you can easily carry from interview to interview
  • Real power and storage - processing power to handle any job and enough space to store your best work.


The APPLE 12.9” iPad Pro makes a great portfolio. Your work will look fabulous as you switch through projects on its excellent 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display.

Onto power. The Apple A12Z Bionic chip means your iPad Pro can run faster than most PC laptops. And those eight-cores of power give you the smooth and speedy performance you need if you're planning on using editing apps that use graphics. Plus the processor can easily handle 4K video editing as well as AR and 3D design. That's beast-mode for designers.

If you want to capture some inspo, the 12 MP wide and 10 MP ultra-wide rear cameras take perfect pics. All this is packed into a device under 600 g and a 10-hour battery life!

Plus the APPLE 12.9” iPad Pro is compatible with the Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. So you can turn this iPad into a full workstation.

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