Remarkable 2 Vs Kindle Scribe: A Comparison

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Kindle Scribe -VS- The ReMarkable II’ by Brad Colbow

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The Kindle Scribe and Remarkable 2 compared in terms of design, display, features, and preference.

Key Insights

  • The video compares two E Ink tablets, the Kindle Scribe and the Remarkable 2.
  • Both tablets have non-screen space bezels for easy holding and orientation change options.
  • They are both slim, but the Remarkable 2 is slightly thinner and lighter.
  • The E Ink display is a key feature, offering a paper-like experience and excellent battery life.
  • The Kindle Scribe has a backlight, making it suitable for reading in the dark, but it drains the battery faster.
  • The Kindle has adjustable color temperature for the backlight, while the Remarkable lacks this feature.
  • The Kindle Scribe is faster and more responsive when scrolling through e-books compared to the Remarkable.
  • The Remarkable excels in illustration with a realistic pencil feel and offers more drawing features and options.
  • The Remarkable has gesture support, zooming capabilities, layers, and exports notes as higher-resolution PDFs.
  • Importing books is easy on the Kindle if purchased from Amazon, and the Kindle web app allows the addition of non-Amazon content.
  • The Remarkable offers various ways to import and export content, including an app and cloud services.
  • The overall preference between the two tablets depends on personal requirements and usage, with the Remarkable being favored for drawing and the Kindle for reading books in the Amazon ecosystem.

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Here are two E Ink tablets. Both are a lot alike. Heck, you can even use the pen from one on the other. But which one is right for you?

Hey, my name is Brad. Today, I’m taking a look at the new Kindle Scribe and the Remarkable 2. Two devices that are remarkably similar to each other, but there are some key differences.

Both of these have some non-screen space bezels along the side. This is for holding without having to worry about touching the screen and accidentally changing pages while reading. And with both of these, you can change the orientation of the device if it’s just more comfortable to hold it in your hand that way.

They’re both super slim, although I would say the Remarkable is a touch thinner. They’re both basically just thick enough to fit a USB type C cable for charging. The Remarkable does feel lighter to me. It’s more comfortable to hold. It doesn’t get as cold. It’s February in Ohio. These are the things I think about. That might be a feature you want in your climate.

Now, the reason I’m comparing these devices is because of that e-ink display. If you’re using an iPad or a phone, this is going to feel, I would say like a step backwards. It is not a color screen, but the biggest change I think for most people coming from a phone is just that refresh rate. This is one of the key features here, but it just doesn’t feel as snappy and as responsive as using any other tablet or a phone. But the trade-off is you might be getting something that’s far more valuable to you. Crazy, crazy good battery life. I own a lot of devices that I’ve tested out, and with any of them, if you leave them lying around for a few days or a week, they’re dead until you charge them. Not with these. You can leave them laying around for weeks and they still boot up like it’s nothing. And because of that, these are both absolute champs for reading. E-ink displays are not only easy on the eyes, but you can throw a bunch of books on them, go on vacation without ever having to worry about charging them while you’re gone.

Now, the Kindle Scribe has a backlight. This is something that’s not present in the Remarkable. If you wanna read in the dark, this is a really nice feature. The rest of the time, it’s not really a huge deal. Another benefit of E-ink displays is that they’re really easy to read in the sun, unlike a tablet or a phone. But because that backlight is on the Kindle, it can be a really big battery drain. Instead of your battery lasting for weeks, you’re looking at hours of battery life with that LED on.

An interesting feature I’ve not seen on an E-ink tablet before is the ability to adjust the color temperature on the Kindle’s backlight. You can have it be like a neutral white, almost like with a touch of blue tint to it, or more of a yellowish tint. You can even dive into the settings, set a timer to make the light tints change at different times of day.

Now, when scrolling through an e-book, the Kindle Scribe is much, much faster, more responsive than the Remarkable. But when doing anything else, they both seem to be, I would say, a touch laggy. For a while, I figured, hey, that’s just how E-ink screens are. But when scrubbing through an e-book, I saw what these devices are capable of when the software is really well optimized.

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I focus on illustration and that is where the Remarkable really excels for me. It isn’t the most feature-rich drawing experience out there, but if all you need is a digital sketchbook with a nice pencil, it’s fine. That pencil tool. It feels so good. I’m not sure exactly how they did it. Part of it is the texture on the screen. Part of it is how the software works, but whatever they did, drawing with a pencil is crazy impressive. That realistic pencil feel is something that no iPad or Wacom tablet has ever really come close to reproducing. I remember the day I got it, I unboxed it and started writing some stuff on it. It was like, holy cow. And so I ran downstairs to show my wife and she was impressed too. And she thinks my digital pen obsession is kind of dumb.

Now the Kindle doesn’t feel bad to draw on, but next to the Remarkable, it’s just okay. Part of that are the drawing tools. The funny thing is, these styluses, they’re identical. You could take the stylus from the Kindle and draw on the Remarkable and the stylus from the Remarkable and draw on the Kindle. So everything that’s happening here comes down to the texture of the screen and how responsive the software is to the pen, because there is no hardware difference.

What about the apps you’re drawing in, Kindle or Remarkable? I would say Remarkable all the way. The Kindle is fine for writing and taking notes, but I would not recommend it for drawing. The app here is just lacking some key features. The eraser isn’t precise and that’s just a killer for making art. Also, as far as drawing tools available to you, there’s really only a pen. You can change its width, but that’s about it.

The Remarkable on the other hand, has a handful of features that are super common in most drawing apps that the Kindle just doesn’t have yet. You need to zoom in or out, only can do that on the Remarkable. A pencil tool, only Remarkable. Layers, only on the Remarkable. Plus when you export your notes as a PDF, it converts everything to vector. So printing it or opening it in another app, it just gives you a higher res file when you’re working from the Remarkable. The Kindle export to email is kind of pixelated when you zoom in. It’s fine for notes, but you don’t want your drawings this low res. I was also surprised to see color when I exported from the Remarkable. It treats highlighters like highlighters.

On the Remarkable side, they have added some gesture support too. So you got like two fingers to undo, three fingers to redo that sort of thing. It’s just really handy. These are things that the Remarkable has been slowly sneaking into their software over the last year or two. In fact, they’ve even added handwriting recognition to your notes. I have seen some comments on my Kindle review that said Amazon is going to really make the software shine. You just got to give them time. And I’ve seen other comments saying Amazon’s really bad with software support on older Kindle. So I’m not sure what the case is. One of the things, one of the rules you learn when you’re reviewing hardware here, like rule number one, never grade on future promises. You have no idea when those will be fulfilled or when those features are coming. So they’re not here now. I wouldn’t count on them being there in the future.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘The Kindle Scribe -VS- The ReMarkable II’ by Brad Colbow