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BOOX TAB MINI C vs TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the ONYX BOOX TAB MINI C, and the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8.

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 TAB MINI C and the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8 and ONYX BOOX TAB MINI C

PRODUCTBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
πŸ‘Ž Not Recommended
My Rating
Price (approx)$450
$250
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxTopjoy
Release year20232022
SCREENBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Screen typeKaleido 3DES Slurry
Screen size7.8"7.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
βœ“
(DES Slurry)
Screen resolution (Colour)702 x 9361404 x 1872
Screen density (Colour)150dpi150dpi
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core1.8 GHz
RAM4Gb2Gb
Storage64Gb32Gb
Battery5000mAh3200mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scanner⨯⨯
SD card slot⨯⨯
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width136.5mm135mm
Height194mm193mm
Thickness8.3mm7.9mm
Weight310g315g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“β¨―
Handwriting conversionβœ“β¨―
Insert shapesβœ“β¨―
Insert imagesβœ“β¨―
Split screenβœ“β¨―
Custom templatesβœ“β¨―
No. templates45++
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“β¨―
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIPPDF, EPUB, DOC, TXT, RTF, MOBI, DJVU
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3-
Buy
BUYBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Reseller (CA)
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon PL
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX TAB MINI CTOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8

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

ONYX BOOX TAB MINI C Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • High screen resolution/density
  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)

Cons

  • Smaller screen (not ideal for PDFs)
  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is slightly darker than Monochrome e-ink tablets

The Boox Tab Mini C is arguably the best 7.8" colour writing tablet on the market.

TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • More colours

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Shipping delays
  • Inconsistent communication
  • Screen 'staining'
  • Ghosting
  • Poor performance

NOT RECOMMENDED: This was a Kickstarter campaign, and the backers have reported long shipping delays, inconsistent communication and a poor quality product when it was finally delivered. Therefore, this tablet is not recommended and all ratings have been set to zero.

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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