Just received the Companion Hybrid, I originally had the 24HD, but decided to sell that and drop down to this, although the screen isn’t as big, the resolution is fine and it’s much easier to manage.
As an Android tablet it’s very good. Has all the features you could want. The only issue is that the speaker is on the bottom of the back, so it’s facing away from you and you’re probably covering it up most of the time.
It has a Wacom app for controlling things like the pen and the keys on the side. There are two drawing apps installed, Creative Canvas, and Manga Canvas. Creative Canvas is what you’ll be using for regular sketching. It makes .psd files and you have support for layers and of course the Wacom pen. If you want a bit more functionality, it also supports Autodesk Sketchbook Pro with the pen and pressure sensitivity. When you connect it to the computer, you can then use it as a regular Cintiq and it works quite well. The cable may not be long enough for some desktop arrangements, my computer is on the left so it has a bit longer to reach and is a bit of a stretch.
The build of the tablet itself is quite nice, while it’s around 4 pounds, it’s not too heavy to hold while sketching. It does come with a stand if you don’t want to hold it. The glass on the screen is not as thick as the 24HD so you won’t have to calibrate as much if you change viewpoints. It also comes with a very nice carrying case that has places for the tablet, stand, pen, and cables. And the material is quite nice and should keep it in very good condition.
The only downside is that for creative work you can only do sketching as a mobile tablet. The Windows version of course can run things like Photoshop and even Zbrush since that doesn’t require much graphics power. The problem with the Windows version is that it’s just not powerful enough, and if you’re going to spend $2,000 for something like this, you must be able to use it on any of your projects. If they release a new Windows version that can also be used as regular Cintiq like this one can, then I think it’d be worth it. Hopefully they’ll listen to customers and the next release will have that (and a Haswell processor).
As a mobile sketchpad it’s certainly capable, and I like it more than the 24HD since it’s easier to manage and I can easily use it with multiple computers.
Overall I’m pretty happy with it.