Of the growing number of e-ink-based e-note devices emerging, none offer as great a simulated pen-on-paper experience as the reMarkable tablet. But reMarkable isn’t Apple, and being a company that only makes one device isn’t easy have to pay now to unlock all functions.
reMarkable launched two paid subscription levels yesterday for new users of the company’s e-ink tablets. A basic Connect Lite plan for A $ 7 / month gives users an upgrade with unlimited storage on the company’s cloud servers (the reMarkable tablet does its own thing to keep all of your documents between it and computers and other mobile devices via apps sync) and an A $ 11 / month Connect plan includes unlimited cloud storage and integration with Dropbox and Google Drive right on the tablet. The more expensive plan also includes handwriting conversion (a feature originally introduced in 2018), Screen sharing, and the ability to share files via email.
New users who choose not to pay for any of the plans will still receive cloud sync functionality through reMarkable’s servers, but not for files that have not been opened or accessed in 50 days. In other words, it’s not a place to hoard your digital documents unless you are willing to regularly go over and open every final file before the 50 day countdown runs out. However, anyone who bought a reMarkable tablet before yesterday’s closing date will get free access to the full Connect plan and all of its features – hopefully for the life of their device. To soften its business plan for new users, reMarkable is also offering $ 136 off the reMarkable 2 tablet for those who opt for the more expensive Connect plan, as well as $ 68 off accessories, which is useful as you actually buy it need the pen of the tablet separately.
While the reMarkable tablets are well-reviewed devices and are hugely popular by many who have replaced paper notebooks with them, being a company selling a single product is a challenge, especially with so many competing devices now being sold by Larger, more established companies like Kobo are available that enjoy other sources of income. There is no online e-book store that reMarkable can fall back on. Hence, this will provide another source of revenue for the company in the future as it develops additional features and future devices. But if one day a reMarkable 3 is rolled out, does that mean that existing users who want to upgrade will be forced into one of the subscription plans? We reached out to the company to try and confirm how this will work across the board.