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Apps to Draw, Sketch, and Take Notes On Your Smartphone and Tablet

Ways to sketch and take notes with smartphones and tablets has been getting a lot of attention lately, especially as new tech keeps making them better.

Here are three of the best to consider:

Paper lets you sketch with a wide array of colors and brush tools. You can incorporate photos and screenshots from other websites into sketches. You can also handwrite captions and notes so whatever you compose is easily accessed. Paper is free and designed for iPhone and iPad.

Sketches is naturally suited sketching, but also taking handwritten notes. It’s designed for doing everything from architectural sketches and cartoons to illustrations and watercolor paintings. You can customize everything from color to textures – and import and annotate photos. Sketches is free for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

For Android, Kindle and Windows devices, try Autodesk Sketchbook. It’s designed for people of all skill levels who love to draw. You work with on screen pencils, pens, markers, and brushes, but has an interface that is clean and simple. It zooms in a whopping 2,500 percent to work on the finest detail of your masterpiece.

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.