I’ve been a big fan of the reMarkable tablet over the past few years, as I find it an excellent way to take notes in various settings.
Similarly, I’ve been a big fan of the Amazon Kindle for quite a few years now. I still read a good number of printed books, but most of my reading is on the Kindle.
With the Kindle Scribe, Amazon tried to merge the reMarkable with a Kindle. Did it work?
The Kindle Scribe
In a word, yes. In looking at the two main functions of the Scribe:
- It’s an amazing Kindle. Super crisp, responsive, and it awesome for reading on.
- As a writing tablet, it’s good. It’s not as great as the reMarkable yet (particularly when it comes to sharing and exporting your notes), but it does a fine job.
The beauty is in the combination of the two. I can take notes on books while I read them, I can write on it in dimly lit rooms (the reMarkable has no backlight and is tough to read in the evening without great lights), and it’s a fantastic way to combine those two features.
Plus, it comes in a bit cheaper than the reMarkable:
- Kindle Scribe with pen = $339
- reMarkable ($299) + pen ($79) = $378
To understand more about the Kindle Scribe, this review (with a video) is a great overview of it.
Good luck, reMarkable
I wish the folks behind the reMarkable well, as I worry that this may kill their business. The reMarkable is an incredibly well-built product, and I’ve enjoyed using it, so I hope they’re able to keep a solid chunk of market share. That said, the convenience of the Kindle Scribe wins easily for many folks.
If you are big into writing tablets and you notice all of the nuances they have, and you don’t need your Kindle library of books on the device, you’ll likely be happier with the reMarkable.
For me, and likely for most of you, the Kindle Scribe is the way to go.