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Old 07-10-2019, 09:39 AM   #4
Philippe D.
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Hi all,

I have two devices of this kind, that I use for a purpose similar to the OP's: reading PDF articles, sometimes annotating them, taking notes.

I have both a Remarkable and a Onyx Max 2. I also recently bought a Onyx Note Pro, but not for me - my wife wanted to be able to read and annotate PDFs, but the light on the Note Pro (there is none in the Max 2 or the Remarkable) made her choose it instead of the larger Max 2 (almost full A4 format) or the Remarkable, which is really very pleasant to write on.

The Onyx devices use Android - not a new version, but it does mean you can install any compatible Android app if it works correctly on an e-ink display. Writing on them is OK, but really not as comfortable as on the Remarkable, whose surface is textured just right for that - I've been using mine for note taking and writing down things, instead of a paper notebook, for almost two years, and I'm very pleased with it.

Hardware capabilities are important (how reactive the device will be), but the software is equally important - especially with a "closed" device where you cannot easily install third party programs, like the Remarkable. On this, software quality is improving, with new features being introduced - some of which, to be honest, I think should have been available from the start, such as the possibility to add/remove pages inside a notebook, or copy/pasting parts of a page to another page or another document (these are supposed to arrive in the new update - I can't wait).

On all these devices, battery life is good, but nowhere near as good as on a standard ereader. The precise touch display and more powerful CPU certainly drain the battery more quickly. I need to charge them every 2-3 days if I use them regularly.
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