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REMARKABLE 2 vs TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8: Which e-ink tablet is best?

This page was created to explore the similarities and differences between two e-ink tablets; the REMARKABLE 2, and the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8.

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 REMARKABLE 2 and the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8.

Spec Comparison

Below is the comparison table for the TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8 and REMARKABLE 2

PRODUCTREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Specs & ratings infoREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
👎 Not Recommended
My Rating
Price (approx)$380
$250
Limited availability
ManufacturerreMarkableTopjoy
Release year20202022
SCREENREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Screen typeCANVAS with CartaDES Slurry
Screen size10.3"7.8"
Screen resolution (B/W)1404 x 18721404 x 1872
Screen density (B/W)226dpi300dpi
Colour
(DES Slurry)
Screen resolution (Colour)n/a1404 x 1872
Screen density (Colour)n/a150dpi
Frontlight
Wacom compatible
Buy
HARDWAREREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
CPU1.2Ghz dual-core1.8 GHz
RAM1Gb2Gb
Storage8Gb32Gb
Battery3000mAh3200mAh
Super Refresh
Keyboard folio
Speakers
Microphone
G-Sensor
Ceramic Tip
Bluetooth
Fingerprint scanner
SD card slot
Rear camera
Front camera
Waterproof
USB-C
Width187mm135mm
Height246mm193mm
Thickness4.7mm7.9mm
Weight403.5g315g
Buy
SOFTWAREREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Operating systemLinux (Codex)Android 11
Google Play Store
Kindle support
Handwriting search
Handwriting conversion
Insert shapes
Insert images
Split screen
Custom templates
No. templates45++
Brush typesBallpoint, Fineline, Pencil, Mechanical Pencil, Highlighter, Marker, Calligraphy, Paintbrush
Screen share
ADE support
File formatsPDF, EPUBPDF, EPUB, DOC, TXT, RTF, MOBI, DJVU
File formats (image)PNG, JPGPNG, JPG
File formats (Audio)--
Buy
BUYREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8
Where to buyReMarkable
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PRODUCTREMARKABLE 2TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8

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

REMARKABLE 2 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Very thin
  • Quick and easy to start using
  • Joyous writing/sketching experience
  • Well-designed companion app
  • Can edit notebooks (typed text only) on other devices
  • Optional keyboard folio

Cons

  • Not very versatile
  • Only support PDF/EPUB
  • Annotations cannot be viewed/exported
  • Optional Connect Subscription (Paywall for certain features)
  • Lower hardware specs compared to other tablets
  • No frontlight

The reMarkable 2 is a beautifully designed note-taking device that provides an excellent basic writing and sketching experience but is not intended to do much else.

TOPJOY BUTTERFLY 7.8 Review Card

Overall rating

Pros

  • More colours

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Shipping delays
  • Inconsistent communication
  • Screen 'staining'
  • Ghosting
  • Poor performance

NOT RECOMMENDED: This was a Kickstarter campaign, and the backers have reported long shipping delays, inconsistent communication and a poor quality product when it was finally delivered. Therefore, this tablet is not recommended and all ratings have been set to zero.

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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