- Main developer/CTO is a KDE dev and very open source-friendly.
- You get root access to the device out of the box.
- The device is running a mainline kernel with minimal patches, which have a good chance at being upstreamed.
- The toolchain is open. They use vanilla QT/QML and people have already built simple example apps.
- There's an unofficial Linux client which works just fine.
- Desktop client and device run the same code, so you can just sync the files locally without connecting the device to the internet. Works both ways (it's the setup I use).
Besides why would you want to listen to MP3s on such a device? Your smartphone with bluetooth and microphone jack is way better equiped for such a thing.
I used mine for years after having it shipped from China (the only place I found to buy one, which meant I had to learn enough Chinese to order and to navigate the menus to change the language) until the cloud sync shut down and I couldn't be bothered to sync it manually with very outdated sync software.
There's a market for a B+W ereader with a pen. Not a big market, but there is.
-edit: however, that price puts me out of the market for this... the Eee Note cost me $200 which was perfect. $600 puts it just out of iPad Pro territory, which is where I'd personally go for that money. Shame. Hopefully it sells well enough that they can recoup development costs and bring the price down for later adopters.
I own one. I've had mine since last November. I love it. I love it in large part because when I'm working on it, I -can't- read email, browse HN, read blogs, check on a server. The only thing I can do is put thoughts to words and diagrams.
What you want is a tablet, maybe something from Amazon. The ReMarkable is intended for a different audience, people who remember what it's like to be undistracted and want that again.
I think it would need to come down in price significantly for it to be just what you want it to be.
My notes on this are organized into folders. When I'm at a SAR meeting, I tap "SAR", and there's everything from the last meeting and training notes and anything else I might want to reference.
When I'm at work, I tap "[Job]", and there's the graphs, notes, and complex as hell SQL and database layouts and everything else I've been working on lately.
I don't have to scribble out sentences from pen and paper, instead I can neatly erase them from the screen and rewrite them. It has become my tool of choice for first draft, second draft, third draft, and final draft writing to people I care to write to.
When I'm working out a flow chart or application logic or something else that I'm struggling to get my head around and ordinarily would run to paper for, I use this instead, because when I need to reorganize different bits I can just draw a circle around them and drag them elsewhere on the screen.
And, after doing all of this, I can back all of that up to my laptop.
Go ahead and do that with your pad of actual paper, I'll wait while you find a scanner and fight to get the stupid paper feeder to work.
If the thought of being unplugged and focused on a single thing doesn't exhilarate you, if it terrifies you, that's fine, this isn't the device to you. I'm not going to cheer it on to those folks; frankly, at this point, I hope ReMarkable is able to avoid that audience, because they're going to ask for all the wrong things.
But I don't spend a lot of money and when I first saw this thing I immediately wanted it because it's exactly what I've been wishing for, for a long time now. Ever since the Newton, at least. It's valuable at that price to me and to a lot of other people.
So GP was right, this is competing with iPad Pro's and actual paper.
It's an extension of the same thing that defines the iPad Pro line vs the Surface line: the Surface line is a full-on general-purpose PC capable of running a lot of stuff the iPad simply doesn't do, but I'd rather take notes on the iPad. (My iPad replaced my Surface Pro.)
Specialized tools appeal to me. Cost doesn't really matter that much for professional tools - I've burned through a lot of laptops, monitors, keyboards, and smart devices over the years - though I'd like to see one in person or wait for a v2.
> For me it’s because the reMarkable tablet’s writing surface is a night and day experience to writing on the smooth glass of an iPad.
This, from the review, is the entire appeal. Writing on an iPad is odd and awkward still. The less friction (heh) in the process, the more I'll actually take good notes. Sure, it would be better if I was so perfectly disciplined I could just use a convertible laptop for everything, and size/weight/aesthetic/experience factors were irrelevant, but... I'm not.
I hear that a lot of iPad artists put a non-glass screen protector on the iPad (I forget the material, just the standard plastic-y material) and it adds enough friction to the Apple Pencil that it’s a bit more comfortable writing. Have you tried adding a non-glass screen protector and seeing if it makes a difference in the experience?
"The ReMarkable is intended for a different audience, people who remember what it's like to be undistracted and want that again."
You are describing a combination of 'perfect is the enemy of good' and feature creep.
Assess the qualities of the product as shipped, assume good faith on behalf of the people doing the build & ship, and determine if the price & features are appropriate for you.
Email can be distracting from studying a document though.
Otherwise, most other ereaders also have webbrowsers, but you would want to get the ReMarkable for the pen experience (the large one linked above also has a wacom pen, but more latency)
That said, the only real feature I wish that the device had is a backlight. Other than that it's pretty perfect as it is - just a notebook replacement, nothing more or less.
I certainly don't expect my books to play music (except those silly little kids book, and those drive me nuts anyways).
a) the Kindle has/had audio support
b) you might have audio books and want to use the same device to read them as written books
c) text to speech
d) many people read and listen to music at the same time, it might be nice to do that with a single device, especially if you want to sit and relax outdoors with the reader and not have your phone on you
For drawing, see: https://blog.remarkable.com/status-update-from-the-remarkabl...
* the company behind it is based in norway, so you can be pretty sure the techies got treated well
* they abide by the GPL very well
* by connecting via USB and flicking a switch in the options menu, you get SSH access, as well as a REST endpoint where you can upload your files via curl. So if you don't like their cloud offering, you can turn of wifi and be sure your data is local
* I really hope they start a good opensource community program. There are already efforts underway for hacking on this, and in theory making custom applications for this could be very fun
* last I saw, some of the developers are active on reddit and HN, so I hope they comment on the last point
Maybe it's just me, but why do the defaults for devices like this seem to now always require either a special app or reach out into the Internet? Whatever happened to simple USB mass storage where you can just plug it in and copy files back and forth? The hardware is certainly capable of it.
That said, I don't mind the presence of WiFi, but the default behaviour of requiring one to send files from a computer out far away to some server on the Internet, and then back to the tablet sitting only a few metres away seems rather silly and wasteful.
But, since you can SSH into the device, rsync works just fine on the Remarkable. :)
Personally I would be ok with my device disabling it's UI while it emulated a mass storage device when plugged into a host.
I'm fine with them choosing to solve those challenges instead of supporting USB mass storage.
USB mass storage requires exposing a block device with a filesystem, which is error-prone and complex.
The point is, USBMS is a solved problem. My MP3/MP4 players, my Android phone, my satnav, even my soldering iron can do it. The Linux kernel, which reMarkable uses, already includes support for this. It's conceptually very simple --- in its most basic form, if the device detects that it's plugged in, it unmounts its internal block device and lets the host control it, and vice-versa. More advanced functionality, such as found on Android and many MP3/MP4s, lets you choose whether the device or the host controls its storage, via a very obvious interface on the device itself (one position is "charge only", the other is "transfer files".)
Exposing files from a device's internal storage (which is ext4 in this case) over USBMS is very much not a solved issue. You'd have to copy the files back and forth or write a driver which emulates a FAT filesystem.
The alternative would be to use FAT internally and expose that block device, risking corruption (you have no control over what is done to your poor filesystem).
None of my Android phones can do that. In fact, Android used to expose the raw device in earlier releases and stopped doing it because it was too unreliable and the UX was bad since the filesystem had to be unmounted.
However, here's what Martin (the CTO) has been playing with:
I agree that it should definitely be an option because there are plenty of situations when using this device where you might not even have connectivity.
> the default behaviour of requiring one to send files from a computer out far away to some server on the Internet, and then back to the tablet sitting only a few metres away seems rather silly and wasteful.
It is definitely silly and wasteful but it's oh so simple when it works correctly. Instead of dealing with SMB shares, email, FTP, rsync, cables, mass storage devices, properly ejecting things, or any other technology; you instead just put a file in a designated folder and it's available on all of your devices in a matter of moments.
It was one of the first things I thought of, "I hope I can run rsync on this thing to sync notes".
My enthusiasm for this device instantly evaporated when I found out about the mandatory cloud integration.
I already know from a customer support situation that Amazon has remote access to kindles, they can tell you what files you have on device, etc.
It's depressingly bad...
Bonus: this reMarkable website does not work without third party JS. It's completely blank. One of the 3rd parties is hotjar, which does all sorts of shady analytics like clickstream and keylogging.
From GP: "So if you don't like their cloud offering, you can turn of wifi and be sure your data is local"
By using a search engine on their web-site(!) one can find details about USB support: "NB: This functionality is currently experimental, as we haven't fully implemented it yet. We will work to improve how this works and looks in future software updates."
Maybe this is a great device which allows open access, but it's very difficult to figure this out from their website.
Isn't that par for the course for esoteric information only useful to highly advanced users in the consumer electronics space? I'm yet to see an Android device that touts unlockable bootloaders on their websites.
1. Being "open" isn't the ReMarkable's tablet schtick/selling point. It's a consumer product that happens to be open. The minority users who want to take advantage of that know where to look/can find that out on HN.
This is a very basic feature, supported by everything except those spyware products which are selling customer information or those that reserve the right to do it in the future.
If reMarkable is not one of those, they should make it clear in their marketing.
If the underlying software is open source, that would also suggest that it if there is a large enough community, it will keep working for much longer than the company supports it. And it gives hope for better software fixes. For example, the writing-lag mentioned sounds like it should be solvable with better data structures under the hood.
The tablet also works fine without using the cloud service, it has a built-in webserver to upload documents to it that you can just access via WiFi or USB-LAN.
Really this device is a hacker's dream in terms of openness. The only last thing I'd wish for was open sourcing the main software application running on it.
In other words, what good is a custom reimplementation of it if you can't make it point at them without dns hacking?
Do you think one could hack it into a "screen" by streaming a black-and-white image data from a computer to it?
So the connected computer would do all the heavy lifting related to rendering, compress the result to something that is really easy to decompress, send it over, and tablet would just decompress a bitmap and blit it to the screen?
Given the low refresh rate of the panel, something like that should work just fine. Pretty sure I saw a YouTube video by someone who hacked it together using periodic screenshots.
Switching pages can still take a few seconds (the display is lightning fast, but the processor for generating the page is not).
Can take up to a few seconds, but really depends on what the device is rendering. For most arXiv papers and light graphics (e.g. clean charts) the page turns have been very tolerable.
Exactly. I have one and I think writing has really short latency. My friend says it's slightly slower than an iPad but I haven't tried that so I don't know, in any case it's still very good.
The only really bad thing about the reMarkable is that the software still sometimes crashes, leaving you for ~20 seconds with a notebook that you can't write on.
Interesting, in 3 months I haven't had a single crash
In practice, it's been perfectly usable (for me). The only nit I've found responsiveness-wise so far is the startup time. It's not convenient when I suddenly remember something and want to write it down and have to hold down the power button for three seconds and then wait another five or more for it to get to the main screen and then wait another two or so to get to my scratch pad.
Maybe it's just time for me to update? I bought this in 2014.
Could you explain how this works? I assumed that's what the HTTP interface setting was, but I couldn't see this documented anywhere. I really don't like the Windows and Android app so this would be a nice alternative.
When you connect a reMarkable into your computer it identifies as an ethernet adapter and assigns you an IP over DHCP, you can then access SSH on the device via that IP.
This is what the device shows you for gaining access (don't worry, that's not actually my password anymore and I've put SSH keys on it anyways): https://i.imgur.com/zbJUBOe.jpg
This screen is in Settings -> About, right below the GPL information.
Edit: If you were asking about the HTTP interface, that becomes available at the same IP but it is hidden behind a switch (Settings -> Storage -> Enable USB web interface)
What I want is an e-ink laptop with simple but good word processing, coding, text-mostly browsing, emails and such.
I like my reader. It doesn't feel like "device" and I'm much more relaxed using it. Im on my third one and all three were on airplane mode since the day I bought them. Reading on tablet/phone triggers my hyperactive "device mode". Checking emails, hn, tinder, contol-tab, notifications, Twitter, youtube... Not good before bed. e-ink just lends to relaxed focus, for me. The battery life also helps me forget it's a device.
An e-ink laptop built for working on stuff with fewer distractions, 20+ hrs battery life, decent text editing and word processing, emails... I want.
The last few days I've been working on a new version of the software, and I think I'll wire it back up. If I get it clean enough for others to use, I'll write it up.
The OLPC’s screen was pretty cool in black and white and was quite usable in full sun. It also was fast in a way that epaper wasn't.
In color mode, it was pretty muted, and the resolution was... commensurate with those of the time period. But, I imagine that things would have eventually improved. Kind of a shame the whole thing seems to have dead-ended.
Imagine a laptop with this technology.
- Hardware is ok. Not super comfortable to hold.
- Pen works alright, however my goal was to use it to annotate PDFs and software issues got in the way.
- Software is absolutely awful. It's unstable, slow, and updates are slow to come.
- Crashes regularly when reading and annotating PDFs.
- Loading epubs is hit-and-miss. I have some that work alright, some that fail to load entirely. Changing pages is slow.
- Frequently fails to save your place in a document when it goes to sleep. If you're able to get it working for a few hours reading session, you might come back later to find that your progress is gone. Getting back to where you were is painfully slow.
- Support is not good. I submitted a ticket with my concerns in October, got response in January. Return period expired while I was waiting for a response.
- Battery life is merely passable.
edit: To conclude, I think that if I were to do this again I would either get an iPad or a Kindle Oasis (would have to try both to determine just how important e-ink is compared to a high dpi LCD). Either would be cheaper than the Remarkable, and you can buy a pretty sweet pen and a lifetime supply of paper with the remaining money. The iPad would probably be better for large-format PDFs, but since a lot of those have some pretty hefty margins I could probably preprocess PDFs with a script to trim them for better viewing on a Kindle.
Pros: The e-ink display is great, large enough to show one page of any pdf. The device is light. Taking notes feels good. Battery life is great for reading books, good for taking notes.
Cons: Price. In-house cloud storage that you must use (there is a beta setting enabling some weird tunnel over usb, have not tried it yet ...). Apps you must use in order to transfer document onto device (Windows, iOS, Android only). All your documents are automatically backed up and synced once you are on a wi-fi, whether you like it or not. No apps ... there is not even a web browser and there is no way of installing anything. Because the controls are on the bottom, the reading experience is not as good as with Kindle. Round pencil tends to roll around.
Many of the cons are software related and could be fixed. But there is no way of telling, whether they will be fixed.
At the end of the day, I do not regret getting it.
Just want to group together a few response to you and others about my experience:
-battery life has been fine, especially when used mostly as a reader.
-no web browser/apps is actually a plus to many who are focused on reading or creative things as they are a distraction. LCD tablets fulfill that need fine.
-no swiping on docs is ok by me - less marks from dirty paws
-refresh rates in my use are not 'one or two seconds.' I think people tend to exaggerate wait times in general. A page flip is probably about half a second when reading Reviews of Modern Physics
-I've only had one crash/reboot.
-The latest software seems a bit snappier and has some improvements when it comes to pen use settings
-No issues while annotating pdfs
-its a little bit slow refreshing the document lists/library but we are talking a second, maybe second and half worst case
-I understand why they are using cloud, though its not really important to me (syncing docs across multiple devices). Likewise, nothing I have is super confidential so that again is not (yet) a big concern to me
-the zoom feature is a little bit clunky and can be improved
-I would like a future iteration to include a backlight
-Any future version should also be slightly larger, perhaps
1x1.5. This would likely enable viewing of letter size docs without the need to crop the margins. That said, its only a minor inconvenience to crop things like journals so they are viewable without the need to zoom
-Some ask for handwriting recognition though I think first (and easier) would be some type of option to do version control on modified documents.
-A fair price is probably closer to $450 but have to remember this is hardware version 1
All in all, I am pretty happy with the device and hope they continue to improve the software. Were a second generation to be released, I would consider upgrading if it had a backlight and faster cpu/memory combo.
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and it works (flatpak run com.remarkable.reMarkable )
It takes about 400Mb since it downloads many libraries.
I'm tempted to buy one, but know how frustrated I get with bad UIs, so might hold off until the next gen.
The only UI thing that makes me scowl so far is that sometimes my pen settings inexplicably get reset.
The general consensus is that you learn better if you write but it's frustrating to not have the notes digitized and backed up.
It sounds like it might be good.
- Battery lasts for hours, not days.
- Mobile apps are buggy, viewing notes caused them to crash
- Randomly stops responding to pen
- Randomly freezes up
- Customer support takes weeks to respond
- Ereader experience is horrible (no bookmarks, table of contents, etc)
- UI really needs improvements (pen style settings aren't retained)
Price: I won't argue it's expensive and if it isn't scratching an itch you've had for a long time then it might not be worth it. Mine has provided that much value to me since I bought it, and I figure I'm paying a little extra for early access anyway (and hopefully supporting a technology that will stick around for a while).
Battery: I can see it lasting for only hours under heavy, constant use, but I've found that I only need to charge mine about once a week and I use it daily. I'm just not drawing or doodling on it constantly, so mostly it sits idle next to me and is interrupted every once in a while for a quick note.
Apps: I haven't used any of the mobile apps for it because that defeats its purpose (for me).
Pen response: has been perfect for me so far. This makes me wonder if you had a glitchy or buggy device.
Freezing up: I've seen this happen twice, I think, since November, and in my case the device locked up for several seconds and then rebooted itself, which I thought was pretty cool (a hell of a lot better job than KDE on Debian 9). I didn't lose any work, even though both times I was using it when it happened.
Customer support: haven't had to deal with them, but I'm not surprised at the lack of response. That seems to be a trend over the last several years. Nobody does customer support anymore.
Ereader: Ashamed to admit I haven't tried using this feature on it yet, just haven't got around to it.
This is probably the main reason more companies haven’t bothered with making a eink tablet focused on wiring or more animated interactions so far. I’m waiting for products based on different display tech to eventually arrive, there was a new startup presenting at SID last year ( http://www.clearinkdisplays.com )
Today I find the drawing experience on the Surface Pro 4 to be the best I've been able to find, rather than make the glass the answer they made the tip the answer (for writing/drawing feel). I rank the iPad Pro (current edition) second, and I'm not sure if I'm able to get past the frustration of the great platform/no software hump that I had on the Illiad to try the reMarkable tablet. About once every 3 months I look at it :-).
What all of this has done for me is give me a tremendous amount of respect for the problem of simulating drawing. Even with a special ASIC in the SP4 it's not quite lag free.
Remarkable got huge potential, but needs better integration with ebook stores (e.g. Amazon), OCR and Apps. Price is excusable for 1st gen, but probably too high for mass market.
Does anyone know whether the software is user friendly? E.g. cloud integration, doesn't require to install shitty software, can email documents, etc...
Is it hacker friendly? And perhaps write a small app for it (terminal viewer).
I wish I could try it in Europe (Germany, Spain or France...)
Always-connected is a plague on modern computing that has ruined the experience for anyone with slow computers and/or unreliable networks. If you proposed a 3MB web page with 300ms API calls for every action and called that a replacement for an app for anyone with an unreliable/heavily metered connection you would be laughed out of the room. Yet that's the status quo of 'modern stacks'.
It's eye-opening how useless a $1000 smartphone is in the middle of the outback, in the Yukon, etc. We've regressed to dumb terminals with the cost of decentralized computers.
And of course they're getting some poor reviews for not having some bullshit cloud sync.
Edit: I've heard Sony takes some privacy liberties with their EULA, so check that and maybe block their desktop app from connecting to the internet.
You need to install a Qt desktop app for the cloud integration or its equivalent mobile version.
There are however some projects out there already that are working on alternatives for the cloud integration such as this one .
I got this 100% in the assumption that hand-writing recognition will come eventually. Or maybe some kind of link to Evernote so they can do that bit.
Funny the review mentions the battery life being good - it's really not as good as was expected, and is probably the #1 complaint on social media (man, I feel sorry for their social media team).
Also the slow startup time is a bit irritating.
I hope this device continues to remind people that E-ink has a future. If the technology can continue to advance - I think someday we could have e-ink displays to use for software development/writing...which would be an absolute dream.
- Hands free page turning (a bluetooth foot pedal would be idea)
- Large size (at least as large as a4 paper).
- Split screen page turn (That is do a page turn in two steps: (1) show the top of the next screen and the bottom of the current (2) show all of the next page)
- Cross platform file transfer (I use linux and mac and would like to be able to transfer files from both)
- No cloud services for document storage (I want to keep everything locally)
This device is a bit smaller than I want. The Sony dpt-rp1 is close, but it doesn't support bluetooth foot pedals or cross platform file transfer (I'm not sure why they're crippling their devices).
The device seems great for adding notes to sheet music.
While the result was a display which neither had good colors nor a perfect e-ink experience, I found it had some practical advantages, as you never had problems using the display: In bright sun light you had the e-ink display and if you wanted to watch a movie in the dark you had the LCD.
Overall the displays quality was far away from what we have today, but the tablet was released in early 2011 so quite some time ago in terms of display technology. At the time it was trying to compete with the iPad, but had several problems in the process which resulted in many dissatisfied customers.
I have an Amazfit Pace  smartwatch that has a trans-reflective display so I know what these are like. They're actually LCD, but can stay on all of the time because they make use of the ambient light much like older LCDs did, more info here . On my smartwatch, it is actually a colour display, but when it is powered down there are fewer colours and a lower resolution. From what I understand this is to save power in the GPU and enable a longer battery life.
It got designed into a couple of product, like the Norton Ink, and was also sold as a replacement screen for existing laptops (you might still be able to buy a kit). Sadly, it was not successful enough to continue.
If this thing is half as good as I hope it is I'm going to buy it, despite the quite hefty price. I still can't come up with a use-case for a tablet but this I'd use constantly.
And the iPad is a distraction device, one would need to disable everything in parental controls to get a comparable experience :)
I read a ton of pdfs on my iPad and am quite happy with the experience. Yes, epaper would be nice, but I don’t think there’s a good solution yet.
Distracted? Try the pomodoro technique.
Highlighting works great as it detects lines of text and can select even over multiple lines (the Remarkable doesn't do that). Writing quick annotations/notes with the pen works fine, but it's not pressure sensitive and the writing looks quite bad compared to real paper.
Long PDFs or books are hit and miss: There is no table of contents view and no support for anything besides PDFs. So you can't put e-books on it without converting to PDF first, and if you need to jump around in a (technical) book the lack of a table of contents or overview is very inconvenient. If you read through from A-Z then it's ok.
All in all it works great in replacing printer paper, but not so much in replacing your paper notepad.
There's no actual official announcement, but the lack of table of contents and a few small other things will probably be fixed by the upcoming firmware update, once it's actually released.
The DPT-RP1 really shines as a paper/article-reading and annotating device, but I wouldn't recommend it outside of that use case.
it is a fair question to ask whom the difference in features (plus the extra hassle) is worth the difference in price
My model was a 486Sx 33 Mhz with a whopping 8 MB Ram (default was 4 MB)
I could have written more or less the same review at the time, nice (doing what at the time was more like "magic" or "science fiction" than anything else) it would have needed a more powerful processor, need (better) character recognition, sold for a VERY steep price , etc.
At least it needed not a stupid proprietary cloud, it was compatible with most if not all existing software, doubled as a "normal" laptop.
 The cost was if I recall correctly around 4,000,000 Italian Lire, roughly 2,000 Euros which at the time was like 3 months salary of a worker.
EDIT: Clear slip of the fingers, it was 8 MB and 4 MB, I wrote GB originally
As has been pointed out many times here, this does not require a 'stupid proprietary cloud' either.
Let me rephrase "needed not" with "came not with a default", and allow me to doubt that a "common user" (or if you prefer "non-hacker" will be able to change the settings/whatever that this (otherwise nice) E-Ink device ships with.
Oops, yes, of course (corrected the post), thanks.
> but what isn’t great is annotating an epub file and then changing its display font or font size. The text will automatically adjust its flow and move around to fit the screen, but your annotations won’t, leaving them misplaced and out of context.
No way, that's such a big oversight.
That said, I'm totally buying one of these when they do the next major version bump and hopefully address the above issue and ideally double CPU speeds, as the lag mentioned when writing non-cursive is equally an unacceptable UX IMO.
I also absolutely love my Kindle's and have for years. I don't know how the author can have a preference for reading books on a bright iPad. It must not be something he does daily as I do.
The other great benefit of the reMarkable is the support for ePub documents. This is the biggest annoyance with using the Kindle, I've had to convert hundreds of ePub->Kindle using Calibre over the years.
I want to know how well the thing works as a STEM writing scratchpad. If it can handle math and electronics reasonably well, that should be sufficient for most STEM.
Math writing needs a much higher resolution than ordinary text. For example if you are writing 2^2^2 the last 2 is really small. You also need a larger surface area so that you can draw diagrams and layout your calculations exactly as you want. I haven't tried ReMarkable myself, but from what I've heard, for math it is not quite there yet.
I'd be happier with a lighter device, though.
For me it solved the big problem of: quickly take notes and be able to access them later. I used to keep random pieces of paper here and there and notebooks that I just kept loosing.
Using the laptop is a no-no for me in meetings (we're trying a no-devices in meetings) and this is basically just a notebook.
For taking dev notes, I keep using orgmode. But for meetings and day-to-day notes, the remarkable is by far my favorite gadget. I would only change a few minor glitches with the UI, but so far I'm pleased with it.
The one thing that annoys me is the battery life (about 6 hours of more or less continuous use). So during a work day I end up having to keep it permanently connected while at my desk (easier than charging at odd times). I understand why it's not as energy cheap as just an e-ink reader, but what annoys me is that they obviously decided to sacrifice battery size to make it light. The result is that the device is almost _too_ light and thin.
I'd take twice the weight for more battery life.
On balance, I would say that I am broadly content with the device - I use it to replace the write-once notes, noodles and workings-out that I used to slay forests for. I did get it for the Kickstarter price, however. I would not pay a near iPad price for it.
@notemaker Boox Max2 Pro looks better, thanks. Pretty small display, but it's a start.
Surface Pro / Galaxy Notebooks(wacom-based) with "a layer of finely textured acrylic glass" will be a much better comparison.
> but it comes at the cost of not being able to flip through documents using finger swipes or taps
so no multi-finger zoom gestures
It comes with an adapter so you can charge it with same Lightning charger you use to charge the iPad itself.
I almost accidentally threw it out with the packaging. They should have incorporated into the cap so you'd always have it with you.
Also it's kind of silly they didn't make that end (where an eraser usually is) function as an eraser.
That is the one thing that annoys the crap out of me, considering the stylus from my Toshiba Windows Tablet PC (what, thirteen/fourteen years ago?) had this functionality. I’ll ignore that I have to charge it all (Toshiba one didn’t) because of the tech differences, but I can’t grock a reason not to have an “eraser”.
having a cap to protect its manliness is so... stupid
I’ve just been using the female-female adapter as a cap, but it doesn’t look as nice. It’s more oval than round and has the exposed port.
I’m kind of surprised no one has made a nicer female-female adapter with matching male cap.
Because when I'm out and about, I don't want to stop somewhere to charge my pencil. This way, you plug it in to the iPad, and in less than a minute you can work with it for any hour or more - no need to hunt for a wall plug or bring along a cable.
i don't get the problem with that fact. At first i was also like "This looks stupid and somehow dangerous for the device/port, and why do i need this adapter??". But after using the Pencil i never even though about the port, or the adapter, or anything like that, since i can charge the pencil for like 60 seconds and directly with my ipad. Without searching my charger. And these 60 seconds will be enough for the day.
With these fast charging / long using times i really dont have a problem with this concept.
If they keep on working on the software, it'll be an awesome device. I love that one has root access via SSH and the writing and reading experience is splendid. However, I have to add this is my first "e-reader", so for me missing features like a dictionary is no biggie. Someone who has owned a kindle might find the reading mode rather limited and thus unsatisfactory.
* The one that emulates a pencil eraser
I haven't Bluetooth'd yet, but plug it in and copy from its drive of single-page PDFs (with InkML?).
Also, the feel of writing on it is okay but not good or great.
Had it been able to show earlier notes I would have recommended it to everyone looking for a digital notebook.
I'm hoping they'll work on native apps at some point in the future. A web app would be particularly nice too. I wrote a very brief review myself a few months ago.
It can't pull up notes on itself. The resolution is not as fine as a iPencil or ReMarkable. It will only ever display what you've written yourself. The wireless sync only works with its own software (which is, yes, a wtf), so you have to connect with a wire to pull down the files you make.
But you can take notes and make drawings, save them, and download them as PDFs later.
This is pretty much the only thing I actually use my iPad for right now.
Anyone tried this with a typical 11pt font 2 column paper?
Note, you can find free software that will batch crop documents. Yes, its an inconvenience but a small one to no longer need to zoom/pan and/or use LCD based devices.
> Feb 7: Sync meeting with Bob and Carol
> [ ] Give Bob access to repo
Yes software / power management issues, and yes slow update cycle.
But YES it's a > lightweight < paper replacement! and it syncs!
VERY useful for sketching out diagrams, and having other people sketch out their diagrams. Many people communicate better when they're writing. Whiteboards are not always available.
Same as you, I would want a large e ink tablet. Doesn't have to be responsive, just has to read pdfs, US legal size or A4.
I'm not a huge lover of DRM, but that's a bit dissapointing.
$600 seems to much to me.
1 GHz is more than fast enough for a snappy bootup and responsive input. The devs just need to improve the firmware.
In twenty years, we got... nowhere. Now you can wipe the writing surface with a button press instead of turning a page. Twenty. years.
How, should we call it when software regresses. Its not bloat- its worser.
Nope. Maybe the later generations of the device and competitors entering the market forcing a lower price will, though. I’d pay 300 tops for it.