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Subject:Re: Note taking ap or application From:Thorsten Konersmann <tk -at- documentation -dot- engineering> To:John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> Date:Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:20:37 +0200
I've been using a reMarkable (1st gen) at work for about a year and a half.
The haptics of it is a better handwriting experience for me than both Apple
My use case is pretty narrow. I use it like a paper notepad for:
1) Taking notes on blank sheets during meetings
2) Occasionally, taking notes on PDFs (instead of printing out a couple of
3) Time tracking
I prefer it over paper for the basic digital features, namely:
- Adding pages in between
- Having a digital copy available instantly and being able to create
backups of my notes
- The reMarkable as only one physical object, which leads to less clutter
My iPad, for comparison, has a million things on it, potentially
distracting. My reMarkable does not. The reMarkable's battery, even after
1Â years of nearly daily use, still lasts a full work day. It has a higher
power consumption than other e-readers though due to the pen and touch
input and more frequent screen refreshing compared to reading a novel on a
For data security and confidentiality reasons, I do not use the reMarkable
app, cloud, or Wi-Fi at all. I only ever connect the reMarkable via USB and
copy files locally onto and from it. That excludes using the handwriting
recognition feature because the recognition is done in the cloud. It's not
something I miss.
The company is a startup. They've had some nasty software quality issues in
the past. The 1st-gen hardware got the version 2 software update. I waited
with installing that, which proved to be a good decision due those issues.
This also confirmed my caution to use the reMarkable only offline. (Before
updating it online, I wipe it). Also, if the company goes out of business,
I can be certain that I can continue using it the way I am using it now.
I find the 1st-generation reMarkable not particularly convenient for long
reads (in contrast to typical e-readers like an Amazon Kindle) and not for
working intensively with PDFs too.
To bring large PDFs when doing on-site research (e.g., to make comments on
drafts or to use full-text search while in a lab), I have found an iPad
useful in combination with the app PDF Expert. Also to review large PDF
documents while traveling, PDF Expert on an iPad (no matter which model or
generation) works well for me. The iPad's internal (i.e., offline) storage
or our clients' own B2B clouds are acceptable regarding data security and
The haptics of handwriting on the iPad is OK for me.
For my daily basic note-taking use case, I much prefer the reMarkable. The
way I use it as described, it has proven reliable and frictionless for me.
John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> schrieb am Mo. 29. Juni 2020 um 17:46: