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MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR, 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR and the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA and MOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR

PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX TAB ULTRA
Specs & ratings infoMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLOR
Okay
ONYX BOOX TAB ULTRA
My Rating
Price (approx)$350
$500
Limited availability
ManufacturerMobiscribeOnyx Boox
Release year20232022
SCREENMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX TAB ULTRA
Screen typeKaleido PlusCarta HD
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 TAB ULTRA
CPU1.5 Ghz Quad-core1.8 Ghz octa-core
RAM4Gb4Gb
Storage64Gb128Gb
Battery2500mAh6300mAh
Super Refreshβ¨―βœ“
Keyboard folioβ¨―βœ“
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβ¨―βœ“
G-Sensorβ¨―βœ“
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scannerβ¨―βœ“
SD card slotβ¨―βœ“
Rear cameraβ¨―βœ“
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproofβœ“β¨―
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width148.3mm184.5mm
Height193mm225mm
Thickness8.1mm6.7mm
Weightg480g
Buy
SOFTWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX TAB ULTRA
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+40+
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 TAB ULTRA
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 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
PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVE COLORBOOX TAB ULTRA

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 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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