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MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR vs BOOX NOTE 5: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR, and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR and the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 and MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR

PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5
Specs & ratings infoMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR
Okay
ONYX BOOX NOTE 5
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$350
$550
Limited availability
ManufacturerMobiscribeOnyx Boox
Release year20232021
SCREENMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5
Screen typeKaleido PlusMobius Carta 1000
Screen size7.8"10.3"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi227dpi
Colourβœ“
(Kaleido Plus)
β¨―
Screen resolution (Colour)468 x 604n/a
Screen density (Colour)100dpin/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5
CPU1.5 Ghz Quad-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage64Gb64Gb
Battery2500mAh3000mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβ¨―βœ“
G-Sensor⨯⨯
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slot⨯⨯
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproofβœ“β¨―
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width148.3mm176mm
Height193mm249mm
Thickness8.1mm5.8mm
Weightg385g
Buy
SOFTWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5
Operating systemAndroid 12Android 11
Google Play Storeβœ“βœ“
Kindle supportβœ“βœ“
Handwriting searchβœ“βœ“
Handwriting conversionβœ“βœ“
Insert shapesβœ“βœ“
Insert imagesβœ“βœ“
Split screenβ¨―βœ“
Custom templatesβœ“βœ“
No. templates50+45+
Brush typesPencil, Fountain Pen, PaintbrushFountain Pen, Paintbrush, Ballpoint Pen, Pencil, Marker
Screen shareβœ“βœ“
ADE support⨯⨯
File formatsPDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, AZW3, MOBI, PRCPDF, EPUB, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, HTML, RTF, FB2, CBZ, CBR, AZW3, MOBI, PRC, DJVU, CHM, ZIP
File formats (image)PNG, JPGPNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP
File formats (Audio)-WAV, MP3
Buy
BUYMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5
Where to buyMobiScribe
Amazon DE
Amazon UK
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
Boox Shop
Amazon IT
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX NOTE 5

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

MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Colour screen
  • 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, and has a colour screen. In addition, it is one of the few E-ink writing tablets that is waterproof.

ONYX BOOX NOTE 5 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Great hardware specs
  • Very versatile
  • Sophisticated native reading & note-taking apps
  • Pleasant writing feel
  • Handwriting search/conversion
  • Google Play Store
  • Frontlight
  • Audio (speakers and microphone)
  • Fingerprint Scanner

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Variable performance of Android apps
  • Limited availability

The Boox Note 5 has a solid hardware spec, with some awesome native apps and the option to extend functionality by installing apps from the Google Play Store. However, the Boox Note Air2+ trades the fingerprint scanner for a bigger battery and g-sensor. It also costs less and is more widely available, so would be a better choice for most users.

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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