So I love iPad Air 2020, which I think is best tablet of Apple’s entire range. But it mostly works out to be an iterative remix of iPad Pro features with a smaller price tag. This year’s favorite board, however, comes from a company you’ve probably never heard of, and does not run any of your favorite taps.
Despite these strange conditions, marks 2 is my choice for the best tablet in 2020. Do not worry if this is the first thing you have heard about the reMarkable brand, reMarkable 1 was a nice device but turned out not to be cool or successful for some reason, as I come to below. ReMarkable 2 fully lives up to its name, and became an important part of my life during this year with adjusted workflows.
By comparison, the new iPad Air is really just the iPad Pro, but with new color choices. They are pretty, but not exactly a revelation.
ReMarkable 2 goes the Apple way when it comes to buttons, removing the physical back, home buttons and forward buttons are gone, all replaced by touch screen. And that makes reMarkable 2 so much cooler – it’s basically a giant lighter, but thinner.
The author’s tablet
But the reason why reMarkable 2 still feels more – wait for it – remarkable than the iPad is that typing on it feels natural. Sure, I do not want to misunderstand iPad’s cool new Scribble tool, which lets you turn handwriting into text, but it still does not feel Right.
And that’s where reMarkable wins. Writing with the proprietary Marker pen feels just like pressing a pen or pencil against paper, not like drawing plastic against glass. And the natural feeling makes all the difference in the world when you write. Writing with reMarkable 2 is so effortless that I just found it easy to use.
From external presentations of upcoming embargo products to Dungeons and Dragons night, I notice that I always pull out the reMarkable 2 when I need to take notes. This notebook with unlimited pages is my new favorite device.
Paper, but smarter
I could only use a pen and pad – I have lots of both – but reMarkable 2 offers two things other than laptops. First, cloud sync means I can always retrieve my virtual notebooks on my laptop or phone, as reMarkable has apps for Mac, PC, iPhones and Androids. This means that I do not struggle to find out which of my many small field notebooks I used.
Second, and even cooler, ReMarkable added a conversion to text tools recently so that my clumsy notes about product briefings can be translated into text shared with my colleagues who could not attend. The accuracy is similar to that of the aforementioned iPadOS Scribble feature.
In addition, the noticeable tablets have lots of built-in templates, so you can choose the type of paper you want. They even have templates for storyboarding and music composition.
Device devices can win
Finally, I love reMarkable 2 for many reasons why people prefer to use Kindle Paperwhite over, say, the iPad. Sure, it does not do much, but Kindle’s backlit e-ink screen is better suited for reading than the iPad’s LCD screen: it’s just easier on the eyes.
So if you love to write, but have felt completely tired of the tablet world – Apple’s are the best in general, I will not argue for that – you have to take a look at reMarkable 2. It’s made for what you love, not 100,000 things you maybe will like.