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Amazon Kindle Scribe Unboxing & Setup

It’s finally arrived!

Amazon Kindle Scribe Package
The parcel

Click here for my full review of the Kindle Scribe.

This article will describe the unboxing and initial configuration and a few of my fledgling thoughts.

The Box

The Kindle Scribe is presented in a light blue cardboard box with a flap at the top to remove the device. The packaging felt a bit cheap compared to other E-ink tablets I’ve unboxed (such as the reMarkable), but it’s what’s inside that matters 🙂

Inside the box

Inside the box is a cardboard mount, which displays the Kindle Scribe. Below is a box containing a USB-C cable, the stylus and spare nibs.

Behind the tablet are two documentation booklets.

Documentation

The Stylus

The stylus is almost cylindrical but has one flat edge to stop it from rolling too far. The flat edge also snaps magnetically to the side of the Kindle; however, you need to be precise to get it to snap into the right place.

This is the Premium Pen, so it has an eraser at the top end and a configurable button on the shaft.

Five spare stylus tips are included (they wear down over time), and a tool to remove them.

Spare stylus tips and removal tool

The Tablet

The rear of the tablet is made of a metal alloy, and four small rubber pads on each corner grip the surface. The front bezel on the tablet is flush with the screen and thicker on the left-hand side. The thicker side also houses the USB-C port and the power button.

Kindle Scribe side view
Side view

Initial configuration

After selecting your language, you select a geographical region, and the Kindle begins its initial setup.

It is taking longer than expected to register your Kindle

After about a minute, I encountered a message saying:

It is taking longer than expected to register your Kindle. Please wait whilst we finish registration in the background.

I clicked Continue and waited for about 10 minutes before I decided something had gone wrong. So, I held down the power button to restart the tablet.

NOTE: I’d be interested to hear if anyone else ran into this problem whilst setting up their new KIndle Scribe.

Kindle setup

After rebooting the tablet, I was given the option to either set up the Kindle manually or use my phone to automate the process.

Kindle setup
Kindle setup

I opted to use the Kindle app on my phone to configure the Kindle Scribe

After this, the Kindle updated the software and there were a couple of reboots. It took about three minutes.

I was then asked if I wanted a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, which I declined.

Free trial of Kindle Unlimited
Free trial of Kindle Unlimited

A first look at the User Interface

The Home Screen displays your recent books and audiobooks. There are also pages for your Kindle Library, Notebooks and More (which includes a web browser).

Initial thoughts

I wasn’t too impressed with the setup freezing, resulting in me having to reboot the tablet, but apart from that, the initial configuration was quick and simple – I particularly liked being able to use the Kindle app on my phone to automatically configure the WiFi and Amazon account settings.

I wasn’t surprised that Amazon marketed their Kindle Unlimited subscription to me; however, they could have done this with a notice in the Kindle app, rather than during setup.

The metal casing makes the device heavier than I expected, and I wonder how long I can hold it before my arm muscles start to feel the strain.

I like that the stylus snaps magnetically to the case, but it is a bit fiddly – only the right side of the tablet is magnetised, and you have to get it dead centre for it to stick. But once snapped on, it is very secure and does not fall off easily.

Now I’m looking forward to spending some time with the device and seeing what it is capable of. Look out for my full review of the Scribe coming soon…

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Kindle Scribe Specs

PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBE
Specs & ratings infoAMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE
My Rating
Price (approx)$340
ManufacturerAmazon
Release year2022
SCREENKINDLE SCRIBE
Screen typeCarta 1200
Screen size10.2"
Screen resolution (B/W)1830 x 2460 (approx)
Screen density (B/W)300dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a
Screen density (Colour)n/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREKINDLE SCRIBE
CPU1Ghz
RAM1Gb
Storage16-64Gb
Battery3000mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width196mm
Height229mm
Thickness5.8mm
Weight433g
Buy
SOFTWAREKINDLE SCRIBE
Operating systemKindleOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates15+
Brush typesPen, Fountain Pen, Marker, Pencil, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB (via conversion), DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, KFX (Kindle), AZW3, MOBI (Limited support), AZW (Limited support)
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF
File formats (Audio)AAX (Audible) via Bluetooth
Buy
BUYKINDLE SCRIBE
Where to buyAmazon AU
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBE

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Dan Dutton is passionate about E-ink writing tablets, which bring together the pleasure of writing on paper with the power of digital technology. When he bought his first tablet, he realised that there wasn't a lot of unbiased information available for people that were considering buying an E-ink tablet, and so he built eWritable.

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