reMarkable Tablet Review: My 2 years of Experience.

The Remarkable Paper Tablet is something that you see, and suddenly want to get your hands on. But, is the tablet still worth it, two years on? I’ve chatted about its use as a student and as a bullet journal but haven’t yet given a full reMarkable tablet review. Read on to see my (first generation) reMarkable tablet review, two years after its purchase.

reMarkable Tablet Review (Two Years on)

Looking back into my emails, I purchased the first generation reMarkable paper tablet (with a white outer casing) in June of 2019.

I remember it turning up at my door only a couple days after and being absolutely astounded by the unboxing experience. The reMarkable comes in a grey magnetic box, labelled “better paper, better thinking” and definitely giving off some Apple packaging kind of vibes.

Turning it on and feeling the writing experience was definitely something else! Seeing my very familiar handwriting easily translated on reMarkable’s screen was really cool.

The actual tactile feeling of writing on the tablet is something that I can’t describe in words, so I’m not going to try, but it definitely is unlike writing on an iPad or phone screen! I haven’t experienced anything that really emulates the feeling of the tablet.

When I ordered the reMarkable tablet, I was in my third year of university. It didn’t take long at all to become a staple item in my undergraduate backpack.

remarkable paper tablet and spotify laptop

The first year…

I was always someone who wrote lecture notes in a notebook. My stack of notebook was very easily (and very quickly) replaced with the reMarkable paper tablet. Instead of carrying around 4 different notebooks, I had one device with all the note-taking capabilities I needed.

I have never been very fussy with the options of pens/markers on the tablet. As I mostly used the tablet for writing simple notes, my go-to was the fineliner in its smallest size. I could highlight any of the important things using the highlighter, and that was about all I needed!

I’ve therefore not got a lot to say about anyone who wants to use the tablet for drawing/design purposes (as I don’t have too much experience there – besides a ‘boring lecture’ doodle now and then).

However, I did find very early on that the battery was very average. I was charging it probably every two/three days depending on the amount of in-person classes/lectures I had to attend.

The battery issue has considerably decreased with the updates from reMarkable though overtime though. I’ve also changed the way I use the tablet (read on…) so I don’t encounter any problems with the battery life at all.

Another noticeable con that came up in the first year was the discolouring of the original reMarkable pen that comes with the device. For the first few months, it was nice and crisp white, looking very fancy matchy-matchy with my tablet. However, it didn’t take long for the grip of the pen to discolour, looking dirty every time I wielded it.

I still haven’t worked out a way to fix this. While I did end up going out and purchasing the Steadler Noris Digital Pen from Amazon, I still love the size of the original pen (and keep using it regardless of its off-white colour).

I would love to buy myself another reMarkable pen to make up for my off-coloured original, but I, still to this day, cannot justify the money to buy the alternative remarkable pens from their website.

In a similar fashion, I never ordered the folio that is made by the reMarkable company. Just a little bit too pricey for me!

I took the liberty to get something a little more exciting (and rose gold) for my tablet – a simple apple iPad sleeve, with an apple pencil holder from Amazon. It has survived the two years of me owning and using my reMarkable tablet!

Overall, there were easily some noticeable improvements that could have been made before the original reMarkable was released. But, in the first year of owning the device, it did exactly what it was meant to do: it was a notebook in device form.

Two Years On…

I still carry my reMarkable in my bag on a daily basis. It still plays a role in how I do my work as neuroscientist in-training (PhD candidate). However, I definitely use it a little differently than I did before.

My reMarkable now takes a bit of a back seat in my work, and I think that’s mostly because I don’t have a need to take bulk handwritten notes like I did before (in undergraduate university classes).

Now, I spend a lot of time doing work that is a little different and that doesn’t involve copying down large bits of information to later make sense of and memorise.

How I use the reMarkable Paper Tablet now

There are a couple clear instances where I’ll reach for my tablet instead of typing up notes in Notion.

I will always take my reMarkable in to supervisor/laboratory meetings and workshops to jot down key points I need for later on.

I use my tablet to easily access journal articles if I want to catch up on some reading I need to do on the bus.

I have put my notes for a presentation/tutorial on there so that when I am presenting or teaching, I still look professional. It is better than having a pile of paper up there with you!

I have actually reached for the tablet to draw up figures for a manuscript I’m currently writing. That was definitely unexpected! Then the sketches are easily accessible on my office computer.

It’s also really held a strong position as an acting Kindle. I’ve transferred quite a few ebooks to it, and often use it as an easy way to make my books (for leisure) and work stuff easily transferrable in a single device (while still being nice for the eyes).

In conclusion

The reMarkable tablet has always been a staple in my everyday work flow for the entire two years that I have owned it. While there were a few bumps in the beginning, the consistent updates from remarkable have helped to make the device practical and usable in every day situations.

If you think you are someone who would love to stick with hand-writing notes, but make them more accessible, translatable and streamline your notes – you will likely not be disappointed!

Hope you enjoyed this reMarkable tablet review (two years on)!

If you want to read more about the reMarkable and how I use it, have a look at my other blog posts:

How I use the reMarkable Paper Tablet as a student

The reMarkable Paper Tablet as a Bullet Journal.

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You should buy the reMarkable Paper Tablet: 5 reasons.

So, you wonder, why should you buy the reMarkable?

The reMarkable paper tablet is slowly becoming increasingly popular, especially with the release of the reMarkable Paper Tablet 2.

why you should buy the remarkable paper tablet

When I initially bought by reMarkable Paper Tablet (the original model!), there really wasn’t a lot on the internet about the tablet and all it had to offer.

It was just a fancy tech item that popped up on my instagram page and I wasn’t sure whether it was something for me – especially with the price tag.

After owning the device for a year and a half (and using it basically everyday during my Honours year in university), there are some simple things that make the reMarkable paper tablet perfect for students (and anyone else who loves their notepad). Here are 5 reasons you should buy the reMarkable.

Nowadays, there are definitely a few more in-depth reviews of the reMarkable online. But I want to give 5 straight-forward reasons why you should buy the reMarkable paper tablet.

I have also written up a more in-depth review of how I use the remarkable paper tablet as a university student here.

5 Reasons you should buy a reMarkable.

1. You love hand written notes.

There’s just something about hand writing out lecture notes that doesn’t get old.

I have never been someone who opens up their laptop in class to furiously type notes. It’s so easy to not focus – you just type away and don’t take in any of the information.

Writing down lecture notes can help you to better remember the information too, because writing is a more cognitively demanding task, than simply typing. You have to do more with the information, summarise, highlight, mind map – and this extra effort means you are processing more!

reMarkable-paper-tablet

2. You won’t have to carry around tonnes of notebooks.

There is one thing that university could do without – and that is heavy textbooks!

I know that I have definitely broken a backpack (or two) while lugging around textbooks.

And while I can’t make universities stop forcing students to lug around 500 page textbooks, you can make your school bag just that little bit lighter by getting yourself a reMarkable paper tablet.

You can say goodbye to your pens, pencils (the whole pencil case for that matter) and all the separate notebooks for Psych 1A, Clinical Introduction, Anatomy and Molecules.

You can just have one device, with all your notes in there at once. It means you won’t end up in that position where your sitting in the lecture theatre and forgot to bring in the notebook you need – because you were studying last night and left it on your desk at home!

3. You can access your notes, anywhere.

The best thing about the reMarkable table is the ability to access your notes and notebooks wherever you are.

reMarkable’s cloud system means that you can access your data from the app on all other devices you own!

You can have the app set up on your mobile phone (for studying on the go) or on your computer (to send them through to a friend!). This is something that really makes the reMarkable paper tablet amazing for students, you can look at everything anywhere (on the bus, while walking to class, etc!)

Your notes easily convert to a PDF and then you can work with them however you want.

4. You will help the planet, by saving paper.

If you are environmentally conscious, you will also be saving paper with the reMarkable paper tablet!

Notebooks, notepads, and diaries (see how I use the remarkable as a bullet journal here) are usually everyday requirements for any student – but you can get rid of all your paper traces with this device.

You can also upload PDF papers onto the reMarkable paper tablet. For me, as a neuroscience student, I am always reading new scientific articles.

Instead of printing them out, I can have that same experience of note taking on the reMarkable.

Without haphazard notebooks, sticky notes and print outs everywhere, you will also be able to better keep track of your notes. Things won’t get lost. There’s a really nice system to how everything is organised within the reMarkable device which extends to the app too.

And, instead of throwing away your filled up notebooks at the end of every semester, you can simply delete. (Or save them on a hard-drive for access if you want to review anything!) You won’t feel guilty about filling up the recycling bin with notes and print outs ever again!

5. Your eyes will thank you!

Kindles were a big thing back in the day because of the good things they can do for your eyes, when compared to staring at backlit computer screens all day.

This study by Benedetto et al. 2013 compared visual fatigue when reading on three different type of materials – e-readers, LCD screens and real paper.

They found that visual fatigue was increased when reading on LCD screens, when compared to both e-readers and paper.

This was measured by the amount of blinks (a well-known indicator of visual fatigue) and also subjective reports of the participants.

So, take a step away from those computer screens and do your eyes a favour by using a reMarkable paper tablet to get in all your readings.

As I said before, it’s easy to drag and drop PDFs to the device, and then you can mark them up, highlight and circle just like you would on real paper.

Final Thoughts on the reMarkable paper tablet…

The reMarkable paper tablet has been a real game changer for me at university, and was heavily used during my last few years of undergrad.

I have no doubt that in the next three years of my PhD, this device will be taken to its greatest potential!

If you need more information about the reMarkable tablet as a university student, have a look at the ways I use the device as a university student (there’s a lot you can do with it!)

Hopefully you now understand why you should buy a reMarkable paper tablet – you won’t regret it.

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6 Apps for Students: What You Need To Be Successful

Most days (more often than not), our phones can be a big bundle of distraction. Instagram, Facebook and Youtube can take up many hours of our lives.

Have a look at your iPhone’s screen-time in the settings. You’ll seriously be shocked.

However, you can actually use your phone for good (yes, it’s possible)!

Your phone can be something that makes you more productive and more efficient.

All you need are the right apps.

Here are six apps for students to get you on top of your university and college life.

six apps for students to be successful

Apps for Students

Forest

Of all the apps for students, this one is the most useful!

Which is crazy, since it’s one that does nothing.

That’s right.

Nothing.

Forest is an app that locks you out of using your phone.

The perfect study motivation.

But it doesn’t just lock you out of your phone, it gives you incentive not to close the app – by planting a tree!

The Forest app works similar to the Pomodoro technique.

You get to set a timer, and pick a tree to plant.

Then as you’re timer runs, the tree grows. And, if you can’t keep your hands off your phone, opening and using another app will kill your growing tree.

It sounds silly – but its honestly one of the best apps I’ve ever used for study.

I never want to kill any trees.

You will be surprised what it can do for your productivity!

Notion

Notion is note-taking app/program that has recently taken the study world by storm.

It has been reviewed by countless creators and influencers on the internet, and has only just boomed in popularity.

The app is both super aesthetically pleasing and a super practical addition to my workflow as a student.

It’s a note-taking program organised like no other.

You can use a variety of templates to organise your ideas in the most functional ways.

Pages can be simply lines of writing, but can also includes tables of information with tags, dates and deadlines as well as links and formatting options to make any and all notes neat and effective.

The app has a tonne of templates to sort out anything and everything you need to be organised.

This includes pages to organise job applications, calculate grades, take Cornell notes, course syllabuses, and thesis planning.

It’s also so beautiful that you’ll be happy to open it up and take notes in class.

It’s customisation options also mean you can decorate any page as you like.

AND everything you do on your mobile seamlessly syncs with the desktop version of Notion. You can access your notes at anytime.

See my full post about how I use Notion, here.

It’s also included in my must-have Chrome extensions for students, here.

Quizlet

Quizlet is the one of the apps for students that you really need to up your study game when exams come around.

Like other popular studying apps, Quizlet is a flashcard based system.

It’s free (unlike a few other flashcard app options) and makes it super easy to access study materials on both your computer and mobile at anytime.

Most important, it allows you to practice one of the most effective study techniques, active recall.

active-recall-for students

The app allows you to create flashcards of your own study material and has multiple options available for reviewing and studying.

This includes reviewing the flashcards, multiple choice quizzes, matching or full testing (which includes an assortment of review types).

While you are free to make your own study materials, you can also choose from other users flashcard sets.

If your studying for an anatomy exam – you will find no shortage of ready-made sets for you to revise.

If you want more information on why you should be using Quizlet, check out my post about active recall here. It’s neuroscience to help you hack your exam study to get you the best results possible!

reMarkable

This one is very personal to my own study routine, but I would be doing you a big disservice if I didn’t mention how I use the reMarkable app for my study.

It’s a big part of my university life.

The reMarkable paper tablet is a device to mimic the pen-to-paper feeling, with digital notebooks.

It’s app cleverly syncs to the tablet, allowing you to have access to your notes anytime from your computer or mobile.

The app works to complement the user experience on the tablet.

I can send PDFs journal articles to my tablet (to read and highlight and make notes on), as well as lecture notes to mark up.

Through the app, I can also make PDF copies of my hand written notes to save to my computer.

See how I use the reMarkable Paper Tablet as a university student here.

remarkable paper tablet for university students

Google Drive + Docs + Sheets

For someone who wants access to everything, 24/7, you really can’t go past Google Drive.

Having this app on both your mobile and your computer means that you have access to your files wherever you need.

As someone who is also very anxious about Word crashing and destroying my latest assignment draft – I always love to upload my latest versions to a Google Drive.

This means, if anything crashes (or I spill coffee on my laptop), I have a copy of my assignments and work up in the cloud.

Google Drive also works seamlessly with Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets, meaning you can also edit documents on the go.

One of the best parts about the Drive though is the ability to share documents with others.

And having multiple users who can edit Google Docs is super useful for group assignments.

If you don’t use Google Drive to its full potential, you are truly missing out on seamless transitions between uni computers and your own laptop and mobile devices.

Apple Podcasts

While this app isn’t specific to studying, I think it is so super super important to regularly explore it as a student.

Podcasts can teach you so many important skills, help you figure out life decisions, motivate you and relax you.

I like to listen to podcasts to do one of four things:

Find out more about something I’m interested in. This could be to do with my degree, or it might be something very random and out of the blue. (But hey – the more you know!).

I absolutely love using the podcast app to wind down with guided meditations at night time or during exam season. My favourite is Meditation Minis.

Get some life advice – lately, I’ve been listening to Hello PhD (to see if PhD is the path I want to take) and My Millennial Money (to wrap my head around my finances).

Get motivated! Nothing like some success stories and amazing women to get you inspired. I like to listen to I’ll Have Another for some running motivation and recently loved listening to Grace Beverley on The Plant Based Business Podcast.

And that’s it! Six apps for students that you shouldn’t live university life without!

At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing to use your technology for good – and not to be a constant distraction to your study and life goals!

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Using the reMarkable Tablet as a Bullet Journal

The reMarkable Paper Tablet has honestly changed my note-taking game as a student. It’s really nifty – the tablet makes all your work available across multiple devices, saves you carrying stacks of note books and saves a few trees along the way.

I only started my bullet journal half a year before I transitioned to a paper-less university lifestyle.

While I was sad about giving up my new little dotted diary, I was impressed by how easily it was to transition my bullet journal style to the reMarkable tablet.

How I use the reMarkable Tablet as a Bullet Journal

hello july bullet journal title page

With multiple brushes, pens, and pencil options to choose from on the reMarkable, it isn’t difficult to transition your physical bullet journal to a digital space.

With the reMarkable’s highlighter option, you can also highlight deadlines and important notes as you would in a notebook.

Using the In-Built Templates

The reMarkable can easily mimic a dotted notebook through its notebook templates.

remarkable tablet bullet journal dot template

When you add a new notebook to your tablet, you simply scroll through the available templates and choose a variant of dots!

As you can see above, if you prefer your bullet journal on another format – such as a grid – there are many options on the remarkable to have it exactly how you’d like!

reMarkable Bullet Journal Spreads

As with any bullet journal, you have the option to make it as simple or as complex as you’d like.

For me, I like to keep my journal really minimal (it just means that I can prep my week nice and quickly!)

My minimal weekly spread usually looks something like this.

bullet journal on remarkable weekly spread

You can fill the journal with whatever things you need – habit trackers, to-do lists or sleep journals.

That is, after all, the point of a bullet journal! It’s an empty canvas to fill with exactly what you need.

For some inspiration, here is how I use the reMarkable as a to-do list, meal planner and health diary.

Journalize Templates

You can also download other templates to use on the reMarkable.

Journalize is my favourite place to find really functional and neat templates. They have all sorts of different templates, from yearly calendars to daily schedules.

If you’re not a fan of always drawing up your own weekly spreads, you will love what Journalize can do for you.

Journalize template on remarkable paper tablet

Those are some of the really simple ways I use my reMarkable paper tablet as a bullet journal.

If you want to know all the ways that I use my reMarkable as a university student, you can check it out here!

Happy Bujo-ing!

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How to use the reMarkable Paper Tablet for University Students.

How being a paper person just got a whole lot cooler – and more sustainable!

The reMarkable tablet is a very cool and very neat little device. When I first saw the advert, it ticked all the right boxes. But the company doesn’t delve too deeply into everything this the reMarkable can do for university students.

I am a sucker for a notebook full of neat hand-written notes and I kept feeling absolutely rubbish about myself at the end of every semester – throwing away stacks of lecture print outs and highlighted journal articles.

So when I stumbled across an advert for the reMarkable, I was hooked.

the remarkable paper tablet for university students exams

It’s advertised as a tablet with a ‘paper-like feel,’ and it can help you free yourself from distractions. But I’m going to show you how you can actually use the reMarkable paper tablet as a university student everyday.

Taking notes

The easiest and most straightforward functionality of the reMarkable tablet for students is taking notes as you usually would on a lined piece of paper.

lined paper on the remarkable paper tablet

After adding a notebook, you simply select a ‘lined’ template (which mimics a classic notepad) and start jotting down whatever you need. There are options for different types of writing tools (ballpoint pen, fineliner, marker, pencil, brush) and each can be various sizes to suit your writing style. There is also a ‘highlighter’ option to mark out important bits!

The best part is, if you’re a perfectionist, the reMarkable has tonnes of options to edit your work as you go. Having to scribble out my hand written notes (and essentially ruining their aesthetic) was the bane of my existence.

tool bar with different pen options of the remarkable tablet

When note-taking on the reMarkable you can erase sections on the page, move chunks around, resize things and copy things. There are plenty of chances to organise your notes ‘just right.’

Marking Up Lecture Slides

If you’d like to take notes on the lecture slides, you can also conveniently convert a Powerpoint into PDF in hand-out layout.

powerpoint lecture slides with mark ups on remarkable

Do this buy selecting the print option on Powerpoint, changing the layout to ‘hand-outs’ (I usually do 2 slides per page) and then save as a PDF using the drop down at the bottom left. You transfer this PDF to your device using reMarkable’s own computer software, and then open it up as your lecture begins.

Readings & Researching

If your course requires you to do a ridiculous amount of readings, you can most definitely do this on your reMarkable. Bonus points for the easier-to-read and less harsh for your eyes Kindle-like screen. Anything you want to transfer to your remarkable, however, must be either ePUB or PDF.

research article PDF on remarkable paper tablet

Sometimes reading a certain PDF can be difficult if the writing is super small, but there is an option to zoom in. It can however be a bit slow to navigate the page, make notes, and seamlessly read all at once. I haven’t yet found writing size to be an issue with typical journal articles.

Calendar & Daily Scheduling

I have imported both a calendar and daily scheduling ‘template’ to my reMarkable which allows me to note down important dates, class times and what I need to achieve in a day. I’ve used PDFs from Journalize (who have created a whole bunch of really functional templates for reMarkable users).

Bullet Journal

With so many templates on the reMarkable, you can also set up your own digital Bullet Journal! Using the dot template, you can create all the usual bullet journal set ups, and with the various writing tools, you can produce creative and artistic spreads just as you would with a real notebook in your hand.

See how I use the reMarkable paper tablet as a bullet journal.

Technicalities…

As I previously mentioned, the reMarkable has its own computer software in which you can drag and drop files to add them to your device.

This program neatly syncs automatically after any doodling you do on the device, and all your work can be instantaneously viewed on your computer and downloaded as a PDF file.

On top of this, the reMarkable also has a mobile app (from both the App Store and Google Play) which gives your phone the same ability to view any notebooks you’ve made and transfer files to your reMarkable.

remarkable computer software with organised folders
The system itself also does a really nice job of allowing you to organise your files.

Something that I don’t use too often, but is an interesting feature – is the reMarkable’s ability to translate hand written notes into text files that you can email to yourself or colleagues.

I have used this feature to transfer my notes to word/Notion and make my notes searchable.

With this device, I have never been in a situation that I cannot access my notes!

Something that can definitely not be done with real life notebooks. It basically means that I can revise for exams at any spare second of the day – productive much?

Final Thoughts…

Overall, the reMarkable has seriously changed the game for note-taking at university.

My tablet was the centre of attention for its first few weeks of classes (and also catches the eye of lecturers and tutors – a nice ice-breaker!).

And you no longer have to carry around stacks of notebooks or print-outs for multiple classes. Honestly a win-win situation.

As an old-school girl, I also purchased this Steadtler Noris Digital Pen to use with my reMarkable which just makes the experience even cooler.

Honestly, the reMarkable is exactly what you need to keep up with the digital world and save the trees, even as a ‘paper person.’

If you’re still unsure: check out my post on 5 reasons why you need a reMarkable Paper Tablet as a student.

the remarkable paper tablet is for students

Read my latest posts!

The reMarkable website now has a tonne more content than when I was first searching for information so check it out here.

You can also find lots of happy reMarkable users on the reMarkable usergroup facebook page. While there are users who have expectations exceeding reMarkable’s capabilities (wishing it worked like an iPad), I find that a lot of people who bought the tablet for its simplicity are very happy.

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