Kindle Scribe vs. ReMarkable 2 Tablet

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After what seemed like eons, Amazon finally announced its first e-ink tablet that doubles as an e-reader and a tablet you can write on, called the Scribe Kindle. While this is the first e-reader from one of the first major retailers to double as a writing tablet, it’s not the first e-ink writing tablet on the market – and another model, the ReMarkable 2 tablet, may be the writing tablet for you instead. If you’re split on which model to go for, I’ve listed the top reasons to buy one over the other below.

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Features

Scribe Kindle

Remarkable 2

Display size

10.2 inches

10.3 inches

Display

300 ppi Paperwhite screen

Monochrome digital paper display

lester

433 grams

403.5g

Processor

Not yet available

1.2 GHz dual-core ARM

Connectivity

WiFi 2.4GHz, 5.0GHz, USB-C

2.4GHz, 5GHz Wi-Fi

USB-C

Raincoat

Nope

Nope

Storage

16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

8 GB

Backlight

Yes

Nope

Battery

weeks

weeks

Marker pen

Basic — included or Premium Stylus — sold separately

No-load, 4,096-level pressure-sensitive stylus with tilt-sensing — sold separately

Pen nibs

Replaceable — $15

Replaceable — $14

Color

Tungsten

Silver

Supported eBooks

Yes – Kindle OS

Yes — ePUB, not Kindle compatible

Supported Files

PDF, ePUB, PNG, GIF, JPG, JPEG, TXT, RTF, HTM, HTML, BMP

PDF, ePUB

Online storage

Microsoft OneDrive is coming in early 2023

Google Drive, DropBox, Microsoft OneDrive, My ReMarkable

Subscription

Nope

Connect $8 per month

Price

$339.99

$279

pen price

$59 for a premium pen

$129 for the Plus Marker


You should buy the Kindle Scribe if…

1. You want an all-in-one e-reader and writing tablet

Many people, myself included, like to both read and write and would rather carry around a tablet than two separate devices. The Kindle Scribe promises the integration of a Kindle e-reader and a writing tablet with note-taking capabilities. The note-taking tablet will offer organizational tools that allow you to take notes inside ebooks and organize them.

While the ReMarkable 2 tablet supports digital files in PDF and ePUB formats, the Kindle Scribe supports these formats as well as GIF, PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP, TXT, RTF, HTM, and HTML.

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2. You use Microsoft products

The Kindle Scribe has pre-made templates to help you create notebooks, journals, and lists, but it can also create sticky notes in Microsoft Word and other compatible Word documents, which the ReMarkable 2 cannot. the moment. While you can upload to the ReMarkable 2 and take notes, it can only send documents in PDF, PNG, and SVG formats, not DOC or DOCX formats. The ReMarkable offers Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage.

Starting early next year, the Kindle Scribe will also get OneDrive capability in addition to DOC formatting, meaning it will be fully integrated into the Microsoft system.

You should buy the ReMarkable 2 tablet if…

1. You want a distraction-free digital notebook

While the Kindle Scribe is a note-taking device, the ability to read a Kindle ebook and surf the Internet browser still poses a distraction. The ReMarkable 2 tablet does not support Kindle ebooks, only PDF and ePUB files. The only ways to access the internet on a ReMarkable 2 are to send documents and access your Google Drive, OneDrive, or DropBox. It’s a more distraction-free device for taking notes and organizing thoughts on digital paper.

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2. You want multiple brush features for note taking

The ReMarkable offers eight different pen brush options when writing: ballpoint, fineliner, marker, pen, mechanical pencil, brush, highlighter, and calligraphy pen. These pen features combined with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity make it easy to organize your thoughts on the digital display. You really feel like I’m writing on paper and the pen strokes don’t pixelate when I write. It also offers tilt detection and the tablet can be set to write left or right in the settings.

Alternatives to consider:

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