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BOOX TAB X 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 TAB X, 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 TAB X and the BIGME GALY.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the BIGME GALY and ONYX BOOX TAB X

PRODUCTBOOX TAB XBIGME GALY
Specs & ratings infoONYX BOOX TAB XBIGME GALY
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$880
$699
Limited availability
ManufacturerOnyx BooxBigme
Release year20232023
SCREENBOOX TAB XBIGME GALY
Screen typeMobius Carta 1250Gallery 3
Screen size13.3"8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1650 x 22001440 x 1920
Screen density (B/W)207dpi300dpi
Colourβ¨―βœ“
(Gallery 3)
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a1440 x 1920
Screen density (Colour)n/a300dpi
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREBOOX TAB XBIGME GALY
CPU1.8 Ghz octa-core2.3GHz Octa-core
RAM6Gb6Gb
Storage128Gb128Gb
Battery6300mAh3000mAh
Super Refreshβœ“β¨―
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβœ“βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slotβ¨―βœ“
Rear cameraβ¨―βœ“
Front cameraβ¨―βœ“
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width228mm159.2mm
Height310mm181.5mm
Thickness6.8mm6.95mm
Weight560g320g
Buy
SOFTWAREBOOX TAB XBIGME GALY
Operating systemAndroid 11Android 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 TAB XBIGME GALY
Where to buyBoox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Reseller (CA)
Amazon BE
Amazon DE
Amazon PL
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 TAB XBIGME GALY

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

ONYX BOOX TAB X Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Large 13.3" screen
  • 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

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Larger footprint
  • Stylus does not magnetically stick to the tablet
  • GPU/Super Refresh uses more power

The most powerful and versatile 13.3" (A4-sized) tablet 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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