The new Sony DPT-CP1 and the Remarkable Paper Tablet both have similar features—both are PDF readers and electronic notepads and both sell for the same price—so here’s a quick comparison review outlining the key differences between the two.
Both have the same 10.3-inch E Ink screen with a resolution of 1872 x 1404, but the Remarkable’s screen has more of a gray color to it and the contrast isn’t quite as good as the Sony’s screen.
Both devices have capacitive touchscreens and both support writing on the screen with a stylus pen, and both have a matte texture on the screen that makes it feel more like writing on paper.
The Remarkable has a Wacom touchscreen, which is a bit faster and more responsive than Sony’s touchscreen, and it’s pressure and tilt sensitive.
The Sony’s stylus pen has a higher quality feel to it and it has buttons for highlighting and erasing, but it requires charging and the Remarkable’s pen does not. Both require replacing the stylus tips periodically.
One of the biggest differences between the Remarkable and the Sony DPT-CP1 is the size. The Sony is thinner and lighter, weighing over 100 grams less than the Remarkable, so it’s more comfortable to hold.
Another big advantage for the Sony DPT-CP1 is the fact that it has a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The Remarkable has a single-core processor and 512 MB of RAM. The CP1 is noticeably faster for things like turning pages, loading large documents, and using multi-page view.
The Sony also adds Bluetooth and NFC for transferring documents, and it supports dual-band Wi-Fi.
The Remarkable has physical buttons to turn pages; in fact you can’t turn pages using the touchscreen.
Sony’s Digital Paper devices also have twice as much internal storage space (16GB) as the Remarkable. Neither have memory card slots.
Each device offers a few software features the other does not. Both are pretty basic compared to other ereaders, especially the Onyx Boox Note, which has software far more advanced than either of these.
The Remarkable supports PDF and DRM-free ePub files; the Sony supports PDF only.
The Remarkable has table of contents support (although just a single level) and the Sony does not.
The Sony has the option to view two PDFs side-by-side in landscape mode, or two-page view using the same PDF, and there’s a sidenote feature as well.
The Remarkable’s margin crop feature remains while turning pages; the Sony’s does not, but it offers scrolling while zoomed-in and the Remarkable doesn’t.
The Sony DPT-CP1 has the advantage of showing a list of all your notes and highlights to easily find them; the Remarkable has nothing like that, not even bookmarks to find specific pages.
The Remarkable is more of a writing device than a reading device. It has a lot more writing features—more pen options with support for pressure sensitivity and tilt—and it comes with a lot more note templates.
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