I posted about the Remarkable 2 tablet in my stories, back whenI wasn’t sure if I was going to keep it.

Ultimately, I decided that it wasn’t for me, through no fault of the tablet’s. It solved what I thought was my core problem with writing longhand: being able to manipulate and rearrange lines of handwritten text. You can actually do that on the Remarkable 2, which is awesome!

Alas, it seems that I’ve learned to think best while typing. I type much faster than I write, and because I’m not thinking about how my writing looks (my handwriting ranges from Catholic school perfection to “who gave that rabid squirrel a pen?!”), the words are all that matter. The words don’t always flow when I’m typing, but they NEVER flow when I’m writing longhand.

The tablet is a total one-trick pony. There are no apps, the file formats are limited, you can’t read Kindle books on it.

You can write and you can sketch. You can write and sketch on blank pages, on PDFs, on both preset and custom templates, but you can only write and sketch. If you want an alternative to managing multiple notebooks, if you write by longhand most of the time, if you have US $300 to blow (plus the cost of a stylus), this could be a useful tool for you. The handwriting-to-text conversion really delighted me, and that could make life easier if you hand write your first drafts and don’t want to manually type the entire thing from scratch later.

TL;DR – it’s not you, Remarkable 2; it’s me.

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