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Livescribe 3 Smartpen for Android & iOS Tablets and Smartphones
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- Livescribe smartpens only work with Livescribe dot paper.
- Connects to your iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) to sync everything you write or draw to the free Livescribe+ app
- Uses your smartphone or tablet's microphone to record audio that's synchronized to everything you write on paper
- Once your notes are in the Livescribe+ mobile app, you can organize, tag, play back audio and send/share notes to any of the devices you use
- Search your handwritten notes and convert what you write into digital text with amazing accuracy.
- Built-in memory on the smartpen captures and stores your notes, allowing you to sync to up to 4 iOS and Android devices
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Livescribe 3 Smartpen for Tablets and Smartphones
Simply write on paper and the Livescribe 3 smartpen captures all your notes. Pair it with your Android or iOS device and your notes instantly appear in the Livescribe+ mobile app. Your notes become more useful when they are converted to text, tagged, searchable, and shared with friends and colleagues. With a few quick taps of your finger, your notes can be used in your favorite apps to create contacts, appointments, and more. Record audio that's synced to your handwriting so that you can play it back and relive your lectures and meetings at any time.
How It Works
The Livescribe 3 smartpen is designed with the meticulous attention to detail that a premium writing instrument deserves. From the integrated stylus cap, down to the Swiss-made tungsten-carbide ballpoint ink cartridge, we've paid close attention to deliver an experience that is worthy of the title of your new favorite pen. But it is the amazing amount of technology packed inside the Livescribe 3 that really delivers the magic. Once you twist the ring to extend the ink cartridge, everything you write is captured by the infrared camera on the pen and stored on the smartpen’s built-in memory. Simply connect your smartpen to your iOS or Android device and watch as all your notes are synced to the Livescribe+ mobile app.
Livescribe+ is available on iOS8 or newer and Android KitKat (v4.4.2) or newer
Pencasts Help You Never Miss a Word
Using the microphones on your tablet or smartphone, create pencasts that record and synchronize audio to everything you write or sketch. Play back your pencasts to hear, see and relive notes as if you were back in your meeting or lecture so that you will never lose any important information.
Share your pencasts as PDF files, which can be easily played back on any of the devices you use every day, including Mac, Windows, Android or iOS.
Livescribe+ Mobile App
If you use Livescribe+ on more than one device, the built-in memory on your Livescribe 3 smartpen allows you to sync your notes seamlessly. Any Livescribe 3 can be paired with up to four different iOS or Android smartphones or tablets.
Available on iOS and Android, Livescribe+ is the companion to the Livescribe 3 smartpen that’s designed to quickly make your notes more useful. Livescribe+ makes it easy to integrate your notes with the rest of your mobile life:
- Create contacts, appointments and more from your handwritten notes
- Find what you need quickly with incredibly accurate handwriting search
- Convert your handwritten notes to text and use them in any doc or app
- Use easy sharing options to send notes to a variety of apps and services
- Record audio that syncs to your handwriting
Bluetooth Smart — Quicker Pairing, Longer Battery Life
Livescribe 3 smartpen uses Bluetooth Smart technology to pair with compatible mobile devices to deliver more than 14 hours of continuous use between charges. Pairing is also much easier – just turn on the Livescribe 3 and accept the pairing request on your mobile device with a single tap. After that, your smartpen will pair automatically each time you launch the app.
The Livescribe 3 can pair and sync to up to four devices, switching seamlessly between iOS and Android. Synchronize your notes to your smartphone, tablet and other devices so you have them when and where you need them.
- Bluetooth Smart Ready (Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy) mobile device running
- iOS 8 or newer: iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 4S or newer, iPad 3rd generation or newer, iPad mini, iPod touch 5th generations or newer
- Android KitKat (v4.4.2) or newer including Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy S4 or newer, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or newer, LG G3, HTC One and other select devices. Check Livescribe+ page on the Google Play store for specific details.
- USB power source for charging (computer or power adapter)
- Livescribe dot paper
Smartpen, Smart Paper
Livescribe dot paper uses standard paper printed with a unique pattern of tiny microdots that work with the infrared camera in the Livescribe 3 smartpen to allow it to capture the exact location of everything you write or draw. Controls and tags that are printed on Livescribe notebooks help the smartpen communicate with the Livescribe+ mobile app. You can choose from a variety of paper types, bindings, and sizes at competitive prices: blank, lined, or grid paper in spiral-bound notebooks, hardbound journals, notepads, and even sticky notes.
What's in the Box
Livescribe 3 smartpen - black & chrome, Livescribe+ Mobile App (free download from the iTunes App Store or Google Play), 50 page notebook, micro USB charging cable, integrated stylus (covers charging port), tungsten- carbide ink cartridge - black medium, and Livescribe 3 smartpen basics guide.
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Connects to your iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth Smart (Low Energy) to sync everything you write or draw to the free Livescribe+ app.The quickest, simplest way to bring valuable information from paper onto your tablet. Easy to use.
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Users of Android be aware, the support for this pen on Android is AWFUL. I guess livescribe is under the illusion that people only use iPad's. That would explain why these pens don't sell well. I can imagine the support for iPad is just as bad. I personally have nothing against iPad, just not my jam. Anyway, after being told that the key word searching would not work with Android, I was stuck with the pen anyway.That's what happens when you get something for Christmas see. It sits under a tree for about 2 to 3 weeks, and when you do open it, well you're stuck with it because it's past the return period. Moving on, I used it for notes anyway, I got past the searchable part of it. I got past the poor support for evernote on android. I took notes with it for 3 months, everything I did. Stored it on my tablet and trashed the paper, isn't that the point of this pen? So you don't have to keep paper? Well friends, my tablet went down... hard. Broken screen, caused by my nephew. I was going to purchase a new one anyway, and I opted for a Pixel C. Here's where the warning comes in. This pen WILL NOT sync with Andriod 6 and above. The Livescribe link app will connect the pen, but the second you open the Livescribe + app, the one that holds all of your notes, it tells you location services is not turned on and it's require to sync. Seriously? You need to know my location so I can take a note? Can you imagine if other things you use every day required this? What if your toilet or toilet paper required you location? Yea that's just as stupid. So after an hour with Tech support... and answering questions 5 or 6 times, I am without my notes. 3 months worth... over 200 pages. Gone... Livescribe also did not care. Which is very sad, this isn't my first livescribe pen, I've had others and I loved them. So now I sit. No notes. No help... I was told I could purchase and older tablet and get them... Thanks Livescribe, that's supper helpful! How about you just give me back the 250.00 I spent on your pen, the extra notebooks and the pen refills? I know you won't and that's why this one gets one star. Stay away Android users... just stay away.
The Android app will not do the following: (a) auto-send notes to Evernote, (b) do collections of snippets, or (c) allow you to tag your notes with the tag/1/2/3 icons shown in the Livescribe notebooks.
They advertise these capabilities, which do work with iOS. But these functions do not work on the Android app.
Also, there's no Windows version of the Livescribe desktop software, so you cannot view your notes on your Windows computer in their native format or sync the notes through your Windows computer.
You must have an Android or iOS device to use the pen as intended. You can, after manually sync'ing the Android app with Evernote, access your notes as PDF's inside Evernote or download them and use them as normal PDF's (except if you're trying to use the pencast feature...read on).
Be advised that pencasts are even more limited on Android than they are on iOS -- so much so I find that feature unusable on Android. I'll leave it to the reader to research that one if you want that feature.
The pen refill supplied with the pen stopped writing about 5 min into first use. Fortunately I'd read the user forums and found 3rd party replacements that worked much better...so while that's disappointing, at least I was forewarned and took steps to work around the poor pen refills Livescribe apparently is famous for.
All that said, I'm using the pen and happy that I have a semi-automated way to get my hand written notes into PDF's that can be used in a variety of ways.
I just recieved my new LS3 pen yesterday. I was SO excited because the descriptions I'd read on the website made me think "think is the version where they've finally gotten it PERFECT for me needs!" ...but, sadly, my first impressions out of the box were not great. (hate when that happens). So now I'm reading the reviews more thoroughly - thank God for Amazon reviews, I use them for everything, whether I'm buying it at Amazon or not - and if I had contained my excitement long enough to read these during my too-brief research phase, I might have held off. Since I have the item in my hands, I may go ahead and use if for some of the trial period, but I'm already thinking I might return it. Here are my initial thoughts:
* SIZE - I haven't seen too many other people mention the DIAMETER of the pen - it's very large and therefore pretty uncomfortable for me to hold and write with - and I don't have particularly dainty hands (the opposite, if anything).
* QUALITY, PEN - because the overlarge size was the first thing I noticed, this didn't originally bother me...but in general I concur with those who say we should be getting better quality for this price.
* QUALITY, PAPER - this time around the notebook (A5 size) that comes with feel very flimsy to me - the cover, I guess, moreso than the paper. I don't remember feeling this way about the notebooks I used way back in time when I tried the Echo pen. One thing that bugged me then and still bugs me now is that the size of their notebooks does not seem to fit into any comparable size covers that I have been able to use with other spiral bound notebooks of this size.
* EASE OF USE - so far haven't encountered any glitches, so it scores high marks here - easy to turn the pen on, easy to link it to the app, easy to manipulate the app.
* LOSE-ABILITY - I agree that the two "caps" that come on either end of the pen are doomed to be lost immediately. I feel like I just have to get OK with that, immediately, because it WILL happen. Frankly, I have concerns about losing the pen, too - I don't know whether their portfolio/cover for A5 size notebook includes a pen loop (it must, right? See WEBSITE below), but since I can't use any of my other covers that have pen-loops, and since the pen is so giant in diameter, I'm sure I won't be able to use any of those stick-on-your-notebook kinds, either. I feel like I want to tether the pen to the spirals of the notebook with a long ribbon or something...but that is neither practical nor professional looking...
* FUNCTIONALITY - I love that my writing turns up immediately on the app. The app is a tremendous improvement over the desktop app I used with Echo, which I found really hard to figure out (see WEBSITE below) and didn't seem to let me manipulate my notes in any useful way). Writing-to-text has worked ok for me, definitely depends on the haste/neatness of writing. I like that I can send it as an email and a PDF. I appreciate that I could use this with Apple features like Tasks & Reminders (although I don't currently use those - this might encourage me to try them again).
WHY THE HECK - Won't they make planner and to-pages to go with this thing? It seems like people have been asking for it forever. Of course, they would need to integrate with our Apple, Google or Outlook programs, and I'll bet that's what's proving hard to figure out (getting the paper designed can't be hard). It seems like I can only log into the Evernote account they have created for me, not into the one I created and use already. Why did I have to do a Google search to find a chart comparing the three models currently available (find it here: http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/media/pdf/ls_smartpens_comparison_chart.pdf) but can't for the life of me find it by searching on their own website? Why would they take away features from the previous pen(s) that are useful, and make those not available in the newest model (sort pages into custom notebooks: add docs and websites; record using pen alone)? This makes is hard to pick the "perfect" pen - even by getting the pen currently considered the "best" I have to compromise and give up features that I would prefer to have.
WEBSITE - as it was back in my Echo days, I find the Livescribe website strangely unhelpful. It feels like the instructions for what I need to learn how to do are either buried and hard to find, or non-existent, or lack the details I'm looking for - like they are assuming that stuff is more intuitive than it really is. Even the photos of the stuff you can buy is inadequate - I can't tell whether the portfolio is A5 size or 8x11, and it's hard to tell what it exactly looks like because there only certain views provided and I can't zoom in or get a 360 view (pretty standard stuff on all other shopping websites).
I guess this is a tricky product to design and develop...but it seems like in 2015 it really shouldn't be, and I'm a little stumped as to why there are so many glitches and compromises to be made...and so few options on the market. (The other viable candidate wouldn't work for me, because I need to take notes on the fly sometimes by just pulling out the notebook and pen, and clipping the receiver on would be a pain...but would be great for people who are always seated at a desk while taking notes, like students).
I'm trying to decide whether to once again table the holy grail that is the SmartPen until it iterates further, and once again just experiment with the Evernote Moleskine notebook (but that's not unlike scanning pages because I'd have to take a picture of every page)...ug...