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BIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE vs BOOX NOTE 5: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the BIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE, and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

This is currently a simplified comparison consisting of a table of side-by-side specifications, and review cards of each tablet, outlining their pros and cons. If a tablet has a rating then you can also click on it for a full and detailed review of the tablet.

I do write detailed ‘versus‘ comparisons, however because I am only one person it is impractical for me to compare every single e-ink tablet against every other one! So if you think that this page would benefit from being fleshed out with additional information and my own thoughts and opinions, then feel free to drop me an email at dan@ewritable.com – I will prioritise pages that get the most requests πŸ™‚

Additional E-Ink Tablet Resources

If you’re new to e-ink tablets, you may wish to take a look at:

I have also created a gigantic e-ink comparison table (which is also searchable/filterable, so you can whittle down your search to the tablets that best meet your needs).

And a list of (what I believe to be) the best e-ink tablets can be found here.

Now, onto the comparison between the BIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 and BIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE

PRODUCTBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5
Specs & ratings infoBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE
Okay
ONYX BOOX NOTE 5
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$499
$550
Limited availability
ManufacturerBigmeOnyx Boox
Release year20232021
SCREENBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5
Screen typeKaleido 3Mobius Carta 1000
Screen size10.3"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1860 x 24801404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi227dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
β¨―
Screen resolution (Colour)930 x 1240n/a
Screen density (Colour)150dpin/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5
CPU2.3GHz octa-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage64Gb64Gb
Battery4000mAh3000mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“β¨―
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“βœ“
SD card slotβœ“β¨―
Rear cameraβœ“β¨―
Front cameraβœ“β¨―
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width191mm176mm
Height225.6mm249mm
Thickness6.6mm5.8mm
Weightg385g
Buy
SOFTWAREBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβ¨―βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates15+45+
Brush typesPen, Pencil, Brush, Ball Pen, HighlighterFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, FB2, CBZ, CBR, OEB, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, TXT, ZIPPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMPPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5
Where to buyBigme Store
Amazon BE
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Shop
Amazon IT
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITEBOOX NOTE 5

To compare even more e-ink tablets, click here for the full comparison table.

BIGME INKNOTE COLOR+ LITE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • High screen resolution/density
  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Google Play Store
  • Nice writing feel
  • Frontlight
  • Bluetooth functions on stylus
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • Front & rear-facing cameras
  • MicroSD card slot
  • ChatGPT integration

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Heavy
  • Screen is slightly darker than Monochrome tablets
  • Software and apps not as refined as competitors
  • No search within notebooks

A powerful and versatile COLOUR e-ink tablet but the software and apps are currently a step or two behind the competition.

ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Pleasant writing feel
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Variable performance of Android apps
  • Limited availability

The Boox Note 5 has a solid hardware spec, with some awesome native apps and the option to extend functionality by installing apps from the Google Play Store. However, the Boox Note Air2+ trades the fingerprint scanner for a bigger battery and g-sensor. It also costs less and is more widely available, so would be a better choice for most users.

About the author

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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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