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BOOX NOTE AIR3 vs BIGME GALY: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3, and the BIGME GALY.

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 ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 and the BIGME GALY.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the BIGME GALY and ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3

PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$400
$699
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxBigme
Release year20232023
SCREENBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
Screen typeCarta 1200Gallery 3
Screen size10.3"8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721440 x 1920
Screen density (B/W)227dpi300dpi
Colourβ¨―βœ“
(Gallery 3)
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a1440 x 1920
Screen density (Colour)n/a300dpi
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
CPU2.4 Ghz octa-core2.3GHz Octa-core
RAM4Gb6Gb
Storage64Gb128Gb
Battery3700mAh3000mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“βœ“
SD card slotβœ“βœ“
Rear cameraβ¨―βœ“
Front cameraβ¨―βœ“
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width193mm159.2mm
Height226mm181.5mm
Thickness5.8mm6.95mm
Weight450g320g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
Operating systemAndroid 12Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“β¨―
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates40+15+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerPen, Pencil, Brush, Ball Pen, Highlighter
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, FB2, CBZ, CBR, OEB, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, TXT, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG, BMP
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Bigme Store
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX NOTE AIR3BIGME GALY

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

ONYX BOOX NOTE AIR3 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

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

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work

Top-of-the-range hardware and software combined with a pleasurable writing experience makes the Note Air3 one of the most versatile and capable e-ink tablets on the market.

BIGME GALY Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • 300PPI
  • 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

  • Expensive
  • Small screen
  • Sluggish performance
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Software and apps not as refined as competitors
  • No search within notebooks

The Bigme Galy is the first e-ink tablet to use e-ink's latest Gallery 3 colour screen technology. However, performance is sluggish and not really ready to compete with tablets that use the older Kaleido 3 colour screen tech.

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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