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BIGME S6 COLOR+ vs KOBO ELIPSA: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the BIGME S6 COLOR+, and the KOBO ELIPSA.

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 🙂

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 S6 COLOR+ and the KOBO ELIPSA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the KOBO ELIPSA and BIGME S6 COLOR+

PRODUCTBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA
Specs & ratings infoBIGME S6 COLOR+
Not yet rated
KOBO ELIPSA
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$460
$400
Limited availability
ManufacturerBigmeKobo
Release year20232021
SCREENBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA
Screen typeKaleido 3Carta 1200
Screen size7.8"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi227dpi
Colour
(Kaleido 3)
Screen resolution (Colour)702 x 936n/a
Screen density (Colour)150dpin/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA
CPU2.3 GHz octa-core1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM6Gb1Gb
Storage128Gb32Gb
Battery3000mAh2400mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width137.9mm193mm
Height196mm227.5mm
Thickness7.1mm7.6mm
Weightg383g
Buy
SOFTWAREBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA
Operating systemAndroid 11KoboOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates15+35+
Brush typesPen, Pencil, Brush, Ball Pen, HighlighterBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, FB2, CBZ, CBR, OEB, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, TXT, ZIPPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMPPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
Buy
BUYBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA
Where to buyAmazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Bigme Store
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Rakuten
Amazon AU
Amazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon NL
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBIGME S6 COLOR+KOBO ELIPSA

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

BIGME S6 COLOR+ Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

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

Cons

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

A powerful and versatile 7.8" COLOUR e-ink tablet but the software and apps are currently a step or two behind the competition.

KOBO ELIPSA Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Great e-reader
  • Read DRM-protected ebooks (via ADE)
  • Innovative advanced notebooks
  • Frontlight
  • Good handwriting recognition
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Sub-par writing experience
  • Easily damaged
  • Not very versatile
  • Stylus requires batteries
  • Cannot export highlights/annotations
  • Feels a bit 'clunky'

The Kobo Elipsa is a lightweight 10.3" e-reader with some innovative note-taking features but the tactile writing experience is lacking, and the whole ecosystem feels a bit 'clunky'. Kobo have now replaced the Elipsa with Elipsa 2E.

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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