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BOOX TAB ULTRA C vs MOBISCRIBE WAVE: 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, and the MOBISCRIBE WAVE.

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 and the MOBISCRIBE WAVE.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the MOBISCRIBE WAVE and ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA C

PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$600
Limited availability
$285
ManufacturerOnyx BooxMobiscribe
Release year20232023
SCREENBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Screen typeKaleido 3Carta
Screen size10.3"7.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1860 x 24801404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido 3)
β¨―
Screen resolution (Colour)930 x 1240n/a
Screen density (Colour)150dpin/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core1.5 Ghz Quad-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage128Gb64Gb
Battery6300mAh2500mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folioβœ“β¨―
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“β¨―
G-Sensorβœ“β¨―
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβœ“β¨―
SD card slotβœ“β¨―
Rear cameraβœ“β¨―
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproofβ¨―βœ“
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width184.5mm148.3mm
Height225mm193mm
Thickness6.7mm8.1mm
Weight480g0g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 12
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβœ“β¨―
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates40+50+
Brush typesFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, MarkerPencil, Fountain Pen, Paintbrush
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, TXT, FB2, AZW3, MOBI, PRC
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMPPNG, JPG
File formats (Audio)WAV, MP3-
Buy
BUYBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Where to buyAmazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon PL
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
MobiScribe
Amazon DE
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTBOOX TAB ULTRA CMOBISCRIBE WAVE

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

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA 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
  • Optional keyboard attachment
  • Onboard GPU & Boox Super Refresh Tech
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • 16MP rear-facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Some chassis design flaws
  • Heavy
  • Writing feels a little 'slippy'
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power
  • Screen is slightly darker than Monochrome Tab Ultra

A powerful and versatile COLOUR e-ink tablet that is as close as you can get to a regular tablet/laptop.

MOBISCRIBE WAVE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Small
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Waterproof (IPX7)
  • Frontlight
  • Speakers
  • Decent native note-taking app
  • Handwriting search
  • Handwriting-to-text conversion

Cons

  • Small canvas size
  • Sunken screen
  • Stylus (see below)
  • Screen size limits reading capabilities
  • Not as 'snappy' as more premium tablets

The Mobiscribe Wave is compact, lightweight, portable and inexpensive. In addition, it is one of the few E-ink writing tablets that is waterproof.

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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