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BOOX TAB ULTRA C PRO vs BOOX NOVA AIR C: 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 ULTRA C PRO, and the ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR C.

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 ULTRA C PRO and the ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR C.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR C and ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C PRO

PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C PROONYX BOOX NOVA AIR C
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$650
$400
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxOnyx Boox
Release year20232022
SCREENBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C
Screen typeKaleido 3Kaleido Plus
Screen size10.3"7.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1860 x 24801404 Γ— 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
βœ“
(Kaleido Plus)
Screen resolution (Colour)930 x 1240468 Γ— 624
Screen density (Colour)150dpi100dpi
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C
CPU2.8 Ghz octa-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM6Gb3Gb
Storage128Gb32Gb
Battery4600mAh2000mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folioβœ“β¨―
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“β¨―
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“β¨―
SD card slotβœ“β¨―
Rear cameraβœ“β¨―
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width184.5mm136mm
Height225mm194mm
Thickness6.6mm6.3mm
Weight450g235g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C
Operating systemAndroid 12Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates40+45+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
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, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Reseller (CA)
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
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
Amazon BE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA C PROBOOX NOVA AIR C

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

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C PRO 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)
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 16Mpx camera
  • Optional Keyboard Folio

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is darker than monochrome e-ink tablets
  • Some ghosting when the screen changes
  • Lots of options can lead to less focused work
  • Some chassis design flaws
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'

On paper, it's the most powerful e-ink tablet on the market and is very impressive, but I feel that practical use cases will be limited.

ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR C Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • 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)
  • Portable

Cons

  • Small screen size
  • Honeycomb pattern across the screen
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Variable performance of Android apps
  • Screen is slightly darker than Monochrome tablets

The Nova Air C was one of the first colour e-ink screens on the market, however, it has recently been surpassed by newer colour tablets, such as the Tab Mini C.

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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