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MOBISCRIBE WAVE vs BOOX NOVA AIR: Which e-ink tablet is best?

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

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 and the ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR and MOBISCRIBE WAVE

PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR
Specs & ratings infoMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Okay
ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR
Okay
My Rating
Price (approx)$285
$320
Limited availability
ManufacturerMobiscribeOnyx Boox
Release year20232021
SCREENMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR
Screen typeCartaCarta 1000
Screen size7.8"7.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colour⨯⨯
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlightβœ“βœ“
Wacom compatibleβœ“βœ“
Buy
HARDWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR
CPU1.5 Ghz Quad-core1.8 GHz octa-core
RAM4Gb3Gb
Storage64Gb32Gb
Battery2500mAh2000mAh
Super Refresh⨯⨯
Keyboard folio⨯⨯
Speakersβœ“βœ“
Microphoneβ¨―βœ“
G-Sensor⨯⨯
Ceramic Tip⨯⨯
Bluetoothβœ“βœ“
Fingerprint scanner⨯⨯
SD card slot⨯⨯
Rear camera⨯⨯
Front camera⨯⨯
Waterproofβœ“β¨―
USB-Cβœ“βœ“
Width148.3mm136mm
Height193mm194mm
Thickness8.1mm6.3mm
Weight0g235g
Buy
SOFTWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR
Operating systemAndroid 12Android 10.0
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 WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR
Where to buyMobiScribe
Amazon DE
Amazon US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
eBay AU
eBay CA
eBay DE
eBay ES
eBay FR
eBay IE
eBay IT
eBay UK
eBay US
PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEBOOX NOVA AIR

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

MOBISCRIBE WAVE Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • 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. In addition, it is one of the few E-ink writing tablets that is waterproof.

ONYX BOOX NOVA AIR 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)
  • Portable

Cons

  • Small screen size
  • Steeper learning curve
  • Variable performance of Android apps

The Boox Nova Air 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, it is an older generation of the Boox product range and so has limited availability and has since been superseded by the Nova Air2.

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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