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Not for Me
24 October 2018
The idea behind the product is good and the reviews are correct that the writing experience is great but, for me, that's where the good review ends.
Note - I decided to buy this through Amazon as I trust them.
After a day with the Remarkable I decided to return it and in fairness, it took less than a minute on the Amazon website to print a label to return the product and authorize a full refund........Five stars to you Amazon.
The price point was one of the biggest issues, at £200.00 / £250.00 it would have been an interesting piece of kit to keep as a standby notepad but at £500.00 it had to rock my world, it didn't so I sent it back after a days use.
Here are my issues:
You could see the image/writing fade on and off as it refreshed like a 1980's computer.
The system interface was relatively crude. I only put half a dozen files in and it was already looking confusing on the screen. By the time I have added additional files, it would have been difficult to scroll through. After a year of adding files I worry that the navigation of all these files would have been difficult. The point of this device for me was to keep notes over a period of years and be able to easily find a specific note, I doubt if this would have been the case.
I'm so used to swiping through pages quickly on my ipad that I found having to press a button bottom left and bottom right very cumbersome and slow.
After less than a day working with it, all my files vanished.
I got them back by turning it on and off so it was obviously a minor glitch but it left me worrying about long-term stability.
I'm used to working with OneNote which has an infinite page system where you zoom in and out as required.
The page on the Remarkable is a fixed size and smaller than A4 so I felt very cramped with notes that would normally be on A4 having to spread across a couple of pages.
This was one of the biggest issues for me.
The whole point of this device for me was to keep an archive of notes over a period of time so I can go back to notes as a reference. Each time you add a page to a notebook it adds it as the next page. There is no facility to move the order of the pages. There are pages that are very important and I wanted to have these at the front of the notebook but the system did not allow me to move them.
GENERAL LOOK OF GRAPHICS
The black and white image combined with the basic graphics made the device feel very 1980's...
This was reliable and worked well but once the note page was on the laptop screen you could not do very much with it, it seemed reasonably pointless syncing it to my laptop.
If you are looking for a basic digital notepad and the price point does not bother you this would be a good product.
If, like myself, you are expecting to use this as the central place to take all your notes and you need the flexibility import different file types, export in different formats and manage the order of files to keep the information relevant as the files build over time then I think you would struggle and find this format limiting.
At £200.00 ish I would have kept the Remarkable as an interesting little digital notepad in my bag but at £500.00 it didn't live up to my personal expectation.
I have gone back to OneNote on my ipad.
It imports and exports in any format.
I can reorder pages and files at will
The sync to my laptop is automated and reliable allowing me to manipulate files, text and images on ipad or laptop format.