Sony shrinks its Digital Paper tablet down to a more manageable 10 inches

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I had a nice time final yr with Sony’s catchily-named DPT-RP1, an e-paper tablet that’s excellent for studying PDFs and different massive paperwork, however one in every of my most important points was merely how massive the factor is. Gentle and skinny however 13 inches throughout, the tablet was simply unwieldy. Heeding (I assume) my recommendation, Sony is placing out a smaller version 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 unbelievable writing capacity however isn’t with out its flaws. Watch this nice video I made:

The 10-inch DPT-CP1 has a couple small variations from its bigger sibling. The screen has a barely decrease decision however must be the identical PPI — it’s more of a cutout of the unique screen than a miniaturization. And it’s significantly lighter: 240 grams to the 13-inch version’s 350. Contemplating the latter already felt virtually alarmingly mild, this one most likely feels prefer it’ll float out of your palms and enter orbit.

More necessary are the software adjustments. There’s a new mobile app for iOS and Android that ought to make loading and sharing paperwork simpler. A new screen sharing mode sounds useful however a little cumbrous — you will have to plug it into a PC after which plug the PC into a display. And PDF dealing with has been improved so that you could soar to pages, zoom and pan, and scan by means of thumbnails more simply. Restricted interplay (suppose checkboxes) can be attainable.

There’s nothing that addresses my most important concern with each the RP1 and the reMarkable: that it’s a ache to do something substantial on the gadgets, comparable to edit or spotlight in a doc, and when you do, it’s a ache to carry that work into different environments.

So for now it seems to be just like the Digital Paper collection will stay principally targeted on consuming content material reasonably than creating or modifying it. That’s fantastic — I beloved studying stuff on the device, 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.

Source : TechCrunch