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MOBISCRIBE WAVE 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE, 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 MOBISCRIBE WAVE and the KOBO SAGE.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the KOBO SAGE and MOBISCRIBE WAVE

PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE
Specs & ratings infoMOBISCRIBE WAVE
Okay
KOBO SAGE
Not yet rated
My Rating
Price (approx)$285
$300
ManufacturerMobiscribeKobo
Release year20232021
SCREENMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE
Screen typeCartaCarta 1200
Screen size7.8"8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721440 x 1920
Screen density (B/W)300dpi300dpi
Colour
Screen resolution (Colour)n/an/a
Screen density (Colour)n/an/a
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE
CPU1.5 Ghz Quad-core1.8 GHz quad-core
RAM4Gb0.5Gb
Storage64Gb32Gb
Battery2500mAh1200mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width148.3mm160.5mm
Height193mm181.4mm
Thickness8.1mm7.6mm
Weight0g241g
Buy
SOFTWAREMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE
Operating systemAndroid 12KoboOS
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates50+35+
Brush typesPencil, Fountain Pen, PaintbrushBallpoint Pen, Fountain Pen, Calligraphy Pen, Brush, Highlighter
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUB, TXT, FB2, AZW3, MOBI, PRCPDF, EPUB, EPUB3, TXT, HTML, FlePub, CBZ, CBR, MOBI
File formats (image)PNG, JPGPNG, JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
File formats (Audio)-Kobo Audiobooks (via Bluetooth)
Buy
BUYMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE
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
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
PRODUCTMOBISCRIBE WAVEKOBO SAGE

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.

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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