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Apple iPad Mini 2019 model comes with handwriting, drawing, note taking capability

2019-04-06

Ereader device manufacturers are developing their products to include writing and drawing functions, and tablet vendors are following the same trend. The biggest IT company in the world, Apple, has decided to transform its entry level iPad Mini table into a writing and drawing slate. Using the Pencil stylus, the iPad Mini allows note taking, sketching, and saving any drafts in handwritten format.
apple ipad mini, 2019 model with stylus
Every iPad tablet is a pretty powerful computer. Practically all the same tasks that are performed on a computer can be achieved on a tablet, but there is one big difference that separates them. PCs have been designed for keyboard and mouse, whereas mobile devices have been designed for touch screen access. For instance, writers experience this fundamental design difference the very moment when they pick up a tablet.

Tablets are going through a re-invention at the moment. For instance, both the Apple iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface tablets are being developed like powerful PCs. When you attach a keyboard to these tablets, they are like ultra-portable laptops. Both of these tablets can be used with a stylus, and this is exactly the most important revelation in the 2019 iPad Mini.

The key feature of the 2019 iPad Mini is handwriting and drawing capability. Using the Pencil stylus it is possible to take handwritten notes, comments or draft documents. Designers may sketch, draw and save their ideas in images. The powerful processor allows even editing of video clips.
apple ipad mini 2019, handwriting and drawing
The ebook reading app and bookstore Apple Books are included in the iPad Mini.

The Apple iPad Mini list prices start from USD 399, or from EUR 469, depending on where you are shopping. Only Apple has the nerve to charge 99 euros/dollars extra for a stylus (the Pencil product).

The reviewers of the iPad Mini 2019 tablet agree that its performance, size, weight, and applications are its best features. Reviewers don’t like the bezels around the screen, and the price of the Pencil stylus that has to be purchased separately if you want handwriting and drawing functionality.

Pocket-Lint reviewed the 2019 iPad Mini, and liked the performance, lightness, and size of the tablet. Here is the video review:

Apple iPad mini (year 2019 model) key features and specifications

Display 7.9 inches. LED back light.
2048 x 1536 resolution, 326 pixels per inch (ppi).
Apple Pencil can be used for handwriting, sketching, taking notes, drawing (sold separately).
A12 Bionic ‑chip, 64‑bit architecture.
8 megapixel camera. Aperture ƒ/2.4.
Camera features: HDR, manual shutter speed, burst photos, timer, image stabilization.
1080p HD video recording.
Video features: slow motion(120 fps), timelapse.
Front camera 7 megapixels.
Storage space 64 GB or 256 GB, depending on configuration.
Stereo loudspeakers.
Two microphones.
Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac).
Bluetooth 5.0.
3.5 mm headphone jack.
Mobile network connectivity option: 3G, 4G, LTE. Nano-SIM card required.
A-GPS, GLONASS satellite positioning.
Touch ID –lock system.
Siri voice service.
Lithium­polymer battery: about 10 hours online via Wi-fi. 9 hours via mobile network.
Dimensions: 203 x 135 x 6 mm.
Weight 300 gr.

apple ipad mini, video editing app

Compact writing tablet Mobiscribe is trying to replace paper notebooks

2019-01-25

Two trends in e-reader product development that started in 2018 have momentum in 2019 as well: ereading devices are growing in size, and many products are aimed specifically at people who want to take notes and write with a stylus. The Mobiscribe is a 6.8-inch E ink device that is designed for note taking and reading ebooks, and powered by Android software.
Mobscribe ereader, writing tablet
At 6.8 inches, the Mobiscribe is somewhat larger than a traditional 6-inch ereader, but it is still a compact device. Its dimensions are 132 x 175 x 10 mm. The E ink screen has relatively high resolution (1440 x 1080 pixels), and it comes with an adjustable frontlight. It means that the product can be used for reading and writing in direct sunlight and in darkness.
Mobiscribe 6.8-inch e-reader writing slate
Wi-Fi connection allows sending and receiving documents and ebooks via the internet. Micro USB port is for charging and for connecting the device to a PC, and a microSD memory card slot provides additional storage space for books and documents.

Stylus is required for writing on the screen, but quite exceptionally, it doesn’t run on battery. There is no need to charge the stylus (as is the case with stylus products used with tablets, like the iPad Pro or Surface).
Mobiscribe notebook/e-reader with case and stylus
The company developing Mobiscribe (TeamUC) is specialized in products and technologies where E ink displays have an advantage over other display technologies. The Mobiscribe writing tablet has been successfully funded at Indiegogo. The product concept had raised more than double the initial target budget when two months was left to seek funding for the product.

The price point for the Mobiscribe is attractive – USD 199 – when compared to competitive products that typically cost 300-500 USD. Most competitive products are larger, often between 8 and 13 inches in size.
Mobiscribe ereading device/writing tablet ports and buttons
It is important to keep in mind that the Mobiscribe has been designed for a specific purpose: notetaking and reading. Even though the product runs on Android operating system software, two things restrict its use as a general purpose Android device. The Android version 4.4 is old, which means that some downloaded applications won’t run on the device. The second thing is the amount of RAM memory (512 MB) that is not enough for some modern apps – even a web browser may stumble here. Yet, many small and simple Android apps run on this kind of hardware.

View the video below for a brief introduction to the device:

Other writing slates designed for note taking and annotating documents are, for instance, Remarkable, Onyx Boox Nova, Sony DPT-CP1,

Mobiscribe reference via Liliputing.