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KINDLE SCRIBE vs KOBO SAGE: 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 KOBO SAGE.

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 🙂

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 KOBO SAGE.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the KOBO SAGE and AMAZON KINDLE SCRIBE

PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
Specs & ratings infoAMAZON KINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$340
$300
ManufacturerAmazonKobo
Release year20222021
SCREENKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
Screen typeCarta 1200Carta 1200
Screen size10.2"8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1830 x 2460 (approx)1440 x 1920
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
CPU1Ghz1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM1Gb0.5Gb
Storage16-64Gb32Gb
Battery3000mAh1200mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width196mm160.5mm
Height229mm181.4mm
Thickness5.8mm7.6mm
Weight433g241g
Buy
SOFTWAREKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
Operating systemKindleOSKoboOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates15+35+
Brush typesPen, Fountain Pen, Marker, Pencil, HighlighterBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB (via conversion), DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, KFX (Kindle), AZW3, MOBI (Limited support), AZW (Limited support)PDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPG, BMP, GIFPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)AAX (Audible) via BluetoothKobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
Buy
BUYKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE
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
Rakuten
Amazon AU
Amazon BE
Amazon CA
Amazon DE
Amazon ES
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon PL
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTKINDLE SCRIBEKOBO SAGE

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.

KOBO SAGE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Great e-reader
  • Waterproof
  • Read DRM-protected ebooks (via ADE)
  • Innovative advanced notebooks
  • Frontlight
  • Good handwriting recognition
  • Page-turn buttons
  • Backed by a major corporation

Cons

  • Sub-par writing experience
  • Not very versatile
  • Stylus requires batteries
  • Cannot export highlights/annotations
  • Feels a bit 'clunky'

The Kobo Sage may be thought of as a smaller, waterproof version of the Kobo Elipsa 2E. It is a lightweight 8" e-reader with some innovative note-taking features but the tactile writing experience is lacking, and the whole ecosystem feels a bit 'clunky'.

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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