iPad Pro vs ReMarkable 2Aug 02, 2021
The iPad Pro and reMarkable are excellent tablets, but which one is the better option for you? The answer to that question depends on what you're looking for in a tablet. First, we will compare the two devices' features and see how they stack up against each other.
Availability and price
The first thing you would have to consider before getting an iPad Pro or a reMarkable 2 is whether you can quickly get one in your location. You can order the reMarkable 2 online, but they cannot be bought physically in retail stores. Also, if the country you live in is not on the list of countries they ship the device to, you are out of luck. However, you can buy one for $399.
The iPad Pro has the advantage in terms of availability. It is available in many countries. You can order one online, or you can buy one physically in retail stores. Considering how ubiquitous the Apple brand is, you will most likely find one in a store. The iPad Pro retails for $749 for the 11-inch display model and $999 for the larger 12.9-inch display model.
Among the reMarkable 2's most notable specs are its dimensions of 187 x 246 x 4.7 mm, a weight of approximately 403.5 g, 8 GB of internal storage, 10.3-inch monochrome display with 1,872 x 1,404 resolution, Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz, USB-C support, PDF and ePUB document support, and English-only menu language option.
For the iPad Pro, some of its most notable specs are its dimensions of 178.5 x 247.6 x 5.9 mm for the 11-inch screen model, a weight of 466 g, internal storage starting at 128 GB up to 2 TB, an LED-backlit liquid retina display with 2,388 x 1,668 resolution, Wi-Fi 6 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C support, and support for multiple languages for its menu.
Screen and writing experience
Upon seeing the reMarkable's screen, one of the first things you would notice is its monochromatic screen, and there's a good reason for that. The reMarkable 2 is an E Ink device, and its design is primarily for note-taking. It is a paper replacement. You do not buy the reMarkable because you will watch videos on it or engage in some other multimedia application.
The iPad Pro is the opposite of reMarkable in terms of screen color. It's very colorful and bright at 600 nits of max brightness. The iPad needs all this color because the device's primary usage is for multimedia tasks and consumption. Watching videos, web surfing, and reading articles on the iPad are all fantastic experiences.
Writing on the screen feels different for both devices. For the reMarkable, writing on it feels like paper, and it even sounds like you are writing on paper. Writing on it feels like you are writing on a notebook. The iPad, on the other hand, feels like you are writing on glass. There is an option to put a matte screen protector, but it takes away the vividness of the screen. If you're not using the iPad primarily as a note-taking device, you should consider it before putting a matte screen protector on the iPad.
The reMarkable uses a proprietary operating system called the Codex, based on the Linux operating system. This operating system might be a turn-off to some unless you are tech-savvy and know how to hack into the system and put some third-party apps in it. For the iPad, we all know that Apple's got their operating system called the iOS, and in it, there are tons of apps available, including Notability for note-taking and Kindle for reading e-books.
One thing to consider when choosing which device to get between the iPad and reMarkable is when you are into reading e-books. The reMarkable supports PDFs and ePUB formats for documents. However, some e-books have DRM protection, and the reMarkable 2 does not support these. Also, if you have a vast Amazon Kindle library, this will be an issue with the reMarkable 2 since you can't read Kindle books directly on it. But, again, the iPad has the advantage on this since you can download the Kindle app, and you're good to go.
Which device should I get?
Deciding whether to get the reMarkable 2 or the iPad Pro will depend on which device will better fit your tasks. Both devices have pros and cons, but the iPad Pro is better suited for creative professionals who need to edit photos or videos. The reMarkable 2 is best for students or artists who want to read books, take notes, or sketch out ideas.
It is tough to compare the iPad with the reMarkable since each of these devices has a specific focus in mind when it comes to using them. It might be easy to go and grab the iPad since its specs alone and the multitude of applications and features it has made it look superior to the reMarkable but keep in mind that the reMarkable tablet has a different purpose. The reMarkable 2 is for taking notes and reading. The iPad Pro is geared more for multimedia use and creativity tasks. So see which one is better suited for your needs and if it so happens that both the reMarkable 2 and iPad Pro fit in your daily productivity work, and you have the budget, it's even better if you can purchase both.