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The idea is great but ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2016
I like the idea and made the move buying. The small slate is very convenient to hold in one hand and do notes, however it is not too appealing in high level exec. meeting rooms. But while walking down trade show isles and in the lab, this form factor is very useful. However - unless you have a iPad (which questions the necessity of this device) - the workflow is not very optimal.
I have a iphone 7+. My whole work live is in this device. I do not have or want a iPad. I want to take paper notes, transfer them automatically and have them finally ready for use on my phone and laptop. The Inkspace app that manages the communication with the pad stores all information and sends it to the cloud (luckily no one can read my handwriting). What then? Its in the cloud. Nice. So what? getting it on my laptop and download it as PDF is a manual step and requires Internet connection.
Inkspace based OCR costs me almost 4$/Month ... c'mon, I have spent a 100$ on a pen/paper notepad already. Upload to Evernote or Onenote needs to be done manually for every page. Not very practical. In reality it is annoying, because I never know which page I uploaded last.
And also, if the device turns off because you fell asleep in a meeting it won't turn on once you continue writing. You have to turn it back on and later combine the pages (the tool does not know which page you are writing on, so every time you sync or turn on, it creates a new digital page).
You see, while it provides a way to digitize your ink it requires a new level of attention without giving the advertised "no brainer" benefit of going digital. So unless there is a automated sharing with OneNote/Evernote I have to return the device.
Coming to my initial "unless you have a Ipad" statement ... There is a neat pice of software called Bamboo Paper. it is basically a digital notebook that can read these digital pages and edit/store them properly. Unfortunately, this s/w is not available for iPhones.
BTW, there is no much support for this device. Most help pages lead into 404's and there is not much via the manual. So lern if for yourself ... or not. Maybe I am missing something, but for now my digital workflow stops on my phone. If I have no access from my laptop and the ability to search my notes without relying on a cloud connection, this whole idea is great but not ready for prime time.