This is an objective information page for the Kindle Scribe e-ink tablet, with details of hardware and software specs, features, and capabilities.
My subjective review can be found here.
The Kindle Scribe is currently on my Top 5 Best E-ink Tablet List
|Specs & ratings info|
|Screen type||Carta 1200|
|Screen resolution (B/W)||1830 x 2460 (approx)|
|Screen density (B/W)||300dpi|
|Screen resolution (Colour)||n/a|
|Screen density (Colour)||n/a|
|SD card slot||⨯|
|Google Play Store||⨯|
|Brush types||Pen, Fountain Pen, Marker, Pencil, Highlighter|
|File formats||PDF, EPUB (via conversion), DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, HTML, KFX (Kindle), AZW3, MOBI (Limited support), AZW (Limited support)|
|File formats (image)||PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF|
|File formats (Audio)||AAX (Audible) via Bluetooth|
Anyone wanting to take advantage of cutting-edge features and technology (such as Super Refresh, keyboard support and the OCR camera) and intends to use it for more than simply reading and note-taking.
- 1GHz Mediatek processor with 1Gb of RAM
- 10.2″ (A5-sized) Paperwhite screen with monochrome resolution of approximately 1830 x 2460 (300dpi)
- Options for 16Gb, 32Gb and 64Gb storage capacity (see pricing below)
- 3000mAh Internal battery
- USB-C for charging and file transfer
- Frontlight (warm & cold)
- Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
- G-sensor (for autorotation of screen)
- No speakers but audiobooks can be listened to via Bluetooth headphones
- Metallic chassis
- Included with the 16Gb model is the Basic Pen
- The Basic Pen has no buttons or eraser
- The Basic Pen is magnetic, so it can snap to the side of the Scribe
- The Basic Pen requires tips to be changed (around once every 6 months, depending on usage)
- The Basic Pen does not have batteries or need charging
- The 32Gb and 64Gb models ship with the Premium Pen, which has an eraser at the top, and a shortcut button on the shaft, and is slightly heavier (everything else is the same as the Basic Pen)
- There is an optional upgrade to the Premium Pen for the 16Gb version
- Other Wacom-compatible styluses can be used
|Device||Price (USD)||Price (GBP)|
|16Gb, Basic Pen||$420||£330|
|16Gb, Premium Pen||$450||£360|
|32Gb, Premium Pen||$470||£380|
|64Gb, Premium Pen||$500||£410|
- KindleOS (based on Linux)
- Utilises the Kindle User Interface, with menu items for Home, Library, Current Book and Notebooks, and More (web browser, settings etc.)
- Swiping down from the top brings up configuration options for the frontlight (including auto-brightness) and buttons for Aeroplane mode, Bluetooth, Dark mode, Sync, and All Settings.
- Native apps that are built into the O/S are:
- Notebooks – Digital notetaking app
- Kindle E-reader – Multiformat book and document reading app
- No access to the Google Play Store or the ability to install additional apps
- Notebooks can be organised using a hierarchical folder system
- Ebooks/documents are organised using collections – basically, grouping similar books with the same tag/collection name
- There are no options for tagging or favouriting notebooks
- You can search for files or folder names
- You can sort notebooks by most recent, title, type, date created and dated modified (ascending or descending)
- There is no support for synchronising with third-party clouds – only the Amazon Kindle Library/Cloud
- Notebooks can be exported via email in PDF format only
- Notebooks are accessible from the Kindle app (but cannot be accessed on other Kindle e-readers unless exported as PDF first)
- Files can be transferred to the Scribe via email, the ‘send to Kindle‘ app and the chrome extension.
- This method ‘processes‘ the files so that they can be read on the Kindle Scribe (e.g. EPUBs are converted to Kindle’s proprietary KFX format)
- Files can be transferred/sideloaded onto the Scribe via a USB cable but this may lead to some unexpected behaviours (e.g. PDFs transferred in his way do not support handwritten annotations)
READING & ANNOTATING
- The Kindle e-reader supports several file formats
- However, this does not always mean native support as the process for transferring files to the Scribe may mean that they are converted into Kindle’s proprietary KFX format
- Kindle Scribe support handwritten annotation (writing directly onto) in PDFs – there are also a very limited number of Kindle books that support this feature
- Kindle supports ‘sticky notes‘ in books and documents – this inserts a small note icon in the text that can be tapped to show notes
- Sticky notes can be typed text (using the on-screen keyboard) or handwritten
- Text can also be highlighted
- Kindle provides a summary of all sticky notes and highlights for quick reviewing
- Handwritten sticky notes are not accessible via the Kindle app on other devices (text sticky notes and highlights are still available)
- The Kindle e-reader has many reading features including a table of contents, bookmarks, text search, dictionaries, wordwise, vocabulary builder, X-ray and quote sharing
- There are also lots of settings for viewing preference including font family, font size, font weight, spacing, margins, alignment and reading progress
- Annotated PDFs can only be viewed on the Kindle Scribe itself – when viewed on the Kindle app on other devices, handwritten annotations are lost
- However, handwritten annotations are preserved when the PDF is exported via email
- The Kindle Scribe does not support split-screen viewing
- The 300dpi Paperwhite screen is very clear and crisp
- A detailed overview of the Kindle e-book reading software can be found here.
- Kindle Scribe notes are organised using multi-page notebooks. Notebooks can be organised with folders.
- Brushes include pen, fountain pen, marker and pencil pen. There is also a highlighter.
- There is a choice of five thicknesses for each brush. The only colour option is black.
- Stylus pressure and tilt are supported for the pencil – the marker has a degree of pressure sensitivity
- Typed text is not available
- There is a regular eraser (five thicknesses) and selection eraser, as well as undo and redo buttons.
- There is support for lasso selection (cut/copy/paste/move/resize)
- There is support for handwriting-to-text conversion (exported via email as an attached TXT file)
- There are almost 20 templates that can be chosen, however the same template must be used on every page of the notebook (you cannot select a different template per page)
- The Kindle Scribe is manufactured by one of the biggest corporations in the World, which should give customers some peace of mind
- The Kindle Scribe is supplied with a 1-year warranty that covers any hardware defects (not caused by the customer)
- There is also a 30-day guarantee, during which time buyers can return the tablet for a full refund or replacement
- Amazon releases regular software updates for the Scribe
- Amazon provide support via its online knowledgebase, user forum, telephone, and Live Chat
- The Kindle Scribe is only available from Amazon Stores
- Shipping and taxes/customs duties are usually included in the selling price (if you buy from the Amazon Store in your country)
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About the author
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.