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KINDLE SCRIBE vs BOOX TAB ULTRA: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE, and the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA.

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 AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE and the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA and AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE

PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA
Specs & ratings infoAMAZON KINDLE SCRIBEONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA
My Rating
Price (approx)$340
$500
Limited availability
ManufacturerAmazonOnyx Boox
Release year20222022
SCREENKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA
Screen typeCarta 1200Carta HD
Screen size10.2"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1830 x 2460 (approx)1404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi227dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA
CPU1Ghz1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM1Gb4Gb
Storage16-64Gb128Gb
Battery3000mAh6300mAh
Super Refreshβ¨―βœ“
Keyboard folioβ¨―βœ“
Speakersβ¨―βœ“
Microphoneβ¨―βœ“
G-Sensorβœ“βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slotβ¨―βœ“
Rear cameraβ¨―βœ“
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproof⨯⨯
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width196mm184.5mm
Height229mm225mm
Thickness5.8mm6.7mm
Weight433g480g
Buy
SOFTWAREKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA
Operating systemKindleOSAndroid 11
Google Play Storeβ¨―βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβ¨―βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβ¨―βœ“
Insert imagesβ¨―βœ“
Split screenβ¨―βœ“
Custom templatesβ¨―βœ“
No. templates15+40+
Brush typesPen, Fountain Pen, Marker, Pencil, HighlighterFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβ¨―βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB (via conversion), DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, KFX (Kindle), AZW3, MOBI (Limited support), AZW (Limited support)PDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMP, GIFPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)AAX (Audible) via BluetoothWAV, MP3
Buy
BUYKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA
Where to buyAmazon AU
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Euro Shop
Boox Shop
Amazon BE
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEBOOX TAB ULTRA

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

AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Fantastic writing/sketching feel
  • Frontlight
  • Solid & robust
  • Great reading software
  • Handwritten sticky notes
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Limited note-taking app
  • Clunky file transfer/conversion process
  • Uncomfortable to hold for longer periods
  • Location of power button
  • Templates are notebook-wide

The Amazon Kindle Scribe is a great e-reading device but the note-taking app lacks many features that are standard on competitor's tablets.

ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • 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

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

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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