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Amazon Kindle Scribe Review: Write Aboutin 2023

Amazon's biggest Kindle can be used to read and write, and stokes the fire of paper tablets Amazon's Kindle line has been the champion of the e-ink market for some time. Also, when e-ink based "paper tablets" started to appear, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before Amazon got on board there too.


  • 196 x 229 x 5.8mm
  • 433 grams
  • Type-C port

With the Kindle Scribe, it's done just that, launching a Kindle that's much larger than previous models , but equipping it with the ability to take notes, make to-do lists, or draw. using a stylus.

Our quick review

Overall, this is a good first effort from the Amazon Kindle team. There's room for growth, of course, especially on the laptop and productivity front.

All the areas in which it has shortcomings could - conceivably - be supplemented by software updates in the future. Handwriting recognition and conversion to text are features we'd like to see appear, as is the ability to choose from a wider selection of notebook page styles for greater versatility. Integration with Dropbox/Google Drive or other cloud storage services for easy access to documents would also be great. These are all areas where the ReMarkable 2 excels.

Hardware and feature wise it's well made, it has enough features to be really useful and the fact that it has a crisp display with front illumination and a stylus included as standard makes it a comparatively inexpensive product. Plus, you get access to Amazon's huge library of content, which is never negligible.

 Given its functionality and purpose, that was to be expected. It's about the height and width of a regular full-size tablet, but it's incredibly slim at just 5.8mm thick.

It's thinner than most smartphones and tablets and has an aluminum back. Plus, it joins other Amazon devices in being made primarily from recycled materials. The rear aluminum is 100% recycled, while the plastic is 48% recycled. Even the packaging is made from 99% recycled cardboard.

The design is also imbued with simplicity and practicality. Besides being slim, the case has very few buttons or ports like other Kindles. There's a single on/off button next to a USB Type-C port on one side of the tablet, and nothing else.

Like the Kindle Oasis, one side of the screen is much larger than the other two. Unlike  it doesn't have physical buttons for turning pages. However, it does provide a handy place to rest your thumb, to grip it when reading, or you can rest the side of your hand on it when writing, away from the display area.

It's a handy space to have, and since the interface rotates with the tablet, you can have it on the right or left side, so it doesn't matter if you're left or right handed.

Another nice touch are the rubber feet on the back of the tablet. There are four: one in each corner, designed so you can set it on a surface - like a desk or table - and press down on it, without scraping the metal on the back or causing it to slip. It stays in place thanks to these small points of adhesion.

Another nice touch are the rubber feet on the back of the tablet. There are four: one in each corner, designed so you can set it on a surface - like a desk or table - and press down on it, without scraping the metal on the back or causing it to slip. It stays in place thanks to these small points of adhesion.

Its size is sometimes a little restrictive, of course. Especially if you intend to use it as a drive. It takes up a lot more room in a bag and weighs more than any other Kindle, which means it's not as comfortable to sit up and read with in bed at night. It's not easy to hold with one hand, which is a downside compared to much smaller Kindle models. However, you can lay it on your lap if needed and - if you have one of the official cases - you can tilt it up or even stand it up.

On the screen side, the Kindle Scribe has all the advantages of a modern Kindle. Its sharpness - at 300ppi - matches that of all other recent Kindle models, and ensures that any text is crisp and clear.

It also has all the latest lighting capabilities, which means a front lighting system that can automatically adapt to the lighting in the room. With this feature enabled, we rarely needed to adjust it manually. It seems to do a good job of making sure there's just enough light to read clearly when light levels in the room drop or making sure there isn't too much light when reading at night in the dark.

In very bright environments, you don't need the illumination at all thanks to the transflective properties of the E Ink display, which make it more visible as ambient light increases.

It also has the adjustable heat function, which allows you to filter blue light by degrees and make it more orange, which is useful at night. You can even schedule it to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise, or schedule it to turn on or off at specific times each day.

One of the advantages of a large screen like this for reading is that it allows a large degree of adjustment when it comes to character size. There are 14 fonts to choose from, five levels of intensity/thickness, and the usual selection of font families. There's the classic Bookerly, Amazon's Ember font, Baskerville, Helvetica and others, including the OpenDyslexic font for people with dyslexia, and the Publisher font. This displays the text in the style it was printed in the physical books.

Note-taking experience

  • Premium or basic pen
  • Notebook Templates
  • "Send to Kindle" service for PDFs, web pages, etc.

When you buy a Kindle Scribe - whether you get the entry-level model or spend more - you get a stylus. There's a basic stylus option and a premium stylus, with the latter offering a shortcut button on the side and an "eraser" on the top end. While you can erase what you write on the screen using the on-screen options, we highly recommend spending the extra and getting the premium option for greater ease of use.

It attaches magnetically to the side of the tablet for storage, and the magnets cling to the pen pretty well, though with enough accidental force you can detach it easily. Since it doesn't need to be recharged, we think it makes more sense to take a case with the Scribe and use the included pen holder to keep your pen from going missing.

Storage, Books, Connectivity

  • 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Autonomy of several months (reading) or weeks (writing)

The biggest advantage of having a big Kindle is that it has a big battery. This means it outlasts any other Kindle on the market in terms of reading time. In fact, Amazon claims you can get "months," or 12 weeks (based on half an hour of reading per day). This is longer than the current Paperwhite which has the longest lifespan and can last around 10 weeks.

To summarize

Kindle's first reading and writing tablet is a good start for Amazon, but it can still improve its usefulness. With more pen and notebook styles, and better integration of third-party services, this could be a killer device.

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