Can drawing tablets be used without computer?

The answer is YES.

Whether you are a professional digital artist or a beginner to digital art, you may have wondered whether drawing tablets work without a computer. Having to bring a drawing tablet AND a laptop computer while you are travelling is a lot of trouble And there are times when you want to draw while you are on the road. What do you do then?
Traditionally, graphics tablets (also known as artists tablets or drawing tablets with screen) are viewed as an input devices used by artists to create accurately-scaled digital images. They are essentially flat black pads (with or without screen) which can receive/send signals from stylus so your hands’ movements are synchronized with the cursor on the computer screen. Classic drawing tablets manufactured by Wacom, Huion or XP-Pen are passive tablets which generate electromagnetic signals to capture the hands' movements but they must be connected to a computer for you to be able to draw. 

​As technology advances, portable devices such as the iPads, Samsung Galaxy tablets and Simbans PicassoTab have started replacing the traditional drawing tablets. People can now work and draw anywhere they like, without the need to bring bulky equipment and there is no need to rely on a computer.

With an active pen, a self-powered input device that generate and transmit signals to the tablet, one can write and draw directly on the screens of portable devices. With this technology, the tablet can sense the position of the pen without any physical touch on the tablet surface and still offer great sense of accuracy.

If you enjoy sketching the nature or street life, you will definitely appreciate the experience brought by stand-alone drawing tablets. Check out the latest iPad Pro with Apple Pen combo or the latest Simbans PicassoTab with Simbans Pen combo.