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Comparison of Handwriting-to-Text Conversion on E-Ink Tablets

In this video, I compare the handwriting-to-text conversion feature across four major brands of e-ink tablets; Boox, Supernote, reMarkable, and Kindle.

Many apologies for the quality of the video – this is the first proper video I have made with editing software, and I obviously still have a lot to learn!

I thought it would only take a couple of days, but actually took me almost a week, and I’m still not happy with it lol!

Kudos to all those guys and gals that make videos on YouTube – I never realised how much hard work it is!

Final Verdict

The Kindle Scribe has the most basic handwriting-to-text conversion, only allowing either a single page or the whole notebook to be converted. In addition, the converted text can only be transferred off of the tablet via email. However, this does make for a simple and intuitive user interaction.

reMarkable allows you to select which pages to convert, and edit the text on the tablet, however, email is still the only method of getting the text to your computer. UPDATE 8/7/24: You can also copy/paste from reMarkable’s Desktop app (Windows/Mac) but not the Mobile app (Android/iOS).

Thanks to real-time recognition notebooks, Supernote’s handwriting-to-text conversion is almost instantaneous, however, there is no way to edit the text on the tablet itself. The converted text is packaged is either a TXT or DOCX file, which can be transferred to your computer via a variety of methods (USB, Cloud Sync, email, etc.)

Boox has the most configuration options for handwriting-to-text conversion. You can edit the text on the tablet, and export as either PDF, PNG, or TXT. You can copy/paste converted text into other apps, or share the file as an attachment, as well as inserting the text into your notebook. However, the process feels quite clunky and unintuitive in places.

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.

7 thoughts on “Comparison of Handwriting-to-Text Conversion on E-Ink Tablets”

  1. I viewed the video, good first video. From what I have heard, the process will smooth out and shorten over time. Your video was kept short, and that is good as far as instruction videos are concerned. I also liked how you took one function and made a head to head comparison how each device accomplished the same thing. This will also help potential buyers by showing them each devices functionality in real time.

    You may want to consider lowering the volume for your section break music, it was noticeably louder than your voice.

    I find that most youtube reviewers and E-Ink “Experts” mainly just review. Many of them will go into detail about specs, hardware, overall software, and even what they think about the thing as a daily driver. I I do not see too much of is short practical aids for the everyday user. Your unique combination of Tutorial and comparison was a nice touch.

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    • Thanks for the awesome feedback, mate.

      I’ll look at getting a better balance between music and voiceover. To be honest, I really don’t like my voice – I tend to mumble a lot and I’m not a natural orator. But I’m hoping to improve my speaking skills through videos like these.

      Also need a better camera than my phone (that keeps changing focus), better lighting, and maybe a better microphone as well. All things I’d never even considered before making my first video lol.

      Dan

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  2. Actually, using the reMarkable companion app, you can copy/paste the converted text to its destination. Exporting as text to email isn’t the only option.

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    • Just checked this out and you can copy/paste text from the desktop (Windows/Mac) app without the Connect subscription, however not with the Mobile app (Android/iOS), so thanks for prompting me to look at this (I’m a Linux/Chromebook user, so reMarkable’s desktop app is not available for my primary operating systems).

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      • Hi Dan,

        Are you sure? I am able to copy/paste text on my iPhone from the companion app into other apps (I no longer have an iPad).

        Cheers,

        Rick

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        • I’ve checked on the windows app and android app. It used to work with a long press but since my connect subscription expired earlier this year it doesn’t. Unfortunately I don’t have any apple devices. Are you sure you don’t have remarkable’s Connect subscription (you get 12mths free when you buy the remarkable)?

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