I had a good time final 12 months with Sony’s catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that’s excellent for studying PDFs and different large paperwork, however one in every of my fundamental points was merely how large the factor is. Gentle and skinny however 13 inches throughout, the pill was simply unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my recommendation, Sony is placing out a smaller model and I can’t wait to attempt it out.
On the time, I used to be evaluating the RP1 with the reMarkable, a crowdfunded rival that gives incredible writing capability however isn’t with out its flaws. Watch this nice video I made:
The 10-inch DPT-CP1 has a pair small variations from its bigger sibling. The display screen has a barely decrease decision however ought to be the identical PPI — it’s extra of a cutout of the unique display screen than a miniaturization. And it’s significantly lighter: 240 grams to the 13-inch model’s 350. Contemplating the latter already felt virtually alarmingly mild, this one in all probability feels prefer it’ll float out of your arms and enter orbit.
Extra vital are the software program adjustments. There’s a brand new cellular app for iOS and Android that ought to make loading and sharing paperwork simpler. A brand new display screen sharing mode sounds helpful however slightly cumbrous — you must plug it right into a PC after which plug the PC right into a show. And PDF dealing with has been improved as a way to bounce to pages, zoom and pan, and scan by way of thumbnails extra simply. Restricted interplay (suppose checkboxes) can be potential.
There’s nothing that addresses my fundamental subject with each the RP1 and the reMarkable: that it’s a ache to do something substantial on the units, resembling edit or spotlight in a doc, and in case you do, it’s a ache to convey that work into different environments.
So for now it appears to be like just like the Digital Paper collection will stay principally centered on consuming content material slightly than creating or modifying it. That’s tremendous — I beloved studying stuff on the system, and primarily simply wished it had been a bit smaller. Now that Sony has granted that want, it may get to work on the remaining.