Amazon’s Kindle Scribe is pen-centric {hardware} let down by book-centric software program

Amazon's Kindle Scribe e-reader.

Enlarge / Amazon’s Kindle Scribe e-reader. (credit score: Andrew Cunningham)

Amazon’s Kindle e-readers have been round for 15 years, they usually’ve remained steadfastly centered on displaying books for studying (and, to a lesser extent, audiobooks). Enter has by no means been one thing they have been significantly involved with. The units’ poky processors and laggy touchscreen keyboards are finest fitted to quick annotations or trying up the title of a ebook or creator—not for writing something longer than a sentence or two, and definitely not for taking notes or jotting down idle ideas.

That is the principle change to the Kindle Scribe, the most recent and most costly member of the e-reader household. It is the primary Kindle with its personal purpose-built pen accent and a 10.2-inch display that is extra appropriate for enter than the 6-to-7-inch screens on different Kindles. It would not come low-cost—it begins at $340 and goes up rapidly from there. It is over thrice as costly because the Kindle Paperwhite and never less expensive than a baseline iPad and Apple Pencil combo. Nevertheless it’s additionally making an attempt to do some new issues that older Kindles aren’t constructed for.

The issue for the Scribe is that the Kindle’s software program, likewise laser-focused on the studying expertise and never the enter expertise, would not really feel strong sufficient to ship on the pen’s promise. The precise handwriting expertise is nice, which supplies us some hope that additional updates might make this gadget extra helpful. However as it’s, a lot of the issues it is making an attempt to do are issues that an iPad is healthier at, they usually come at the price of among the common Kindle’s finest options.

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