Yes, I said this new tablet is microwavable. In fact, you have to stick it in the microwave every now and then in order to keep using it. One of the promises of tablet technology was and still is the ability to convert handwriting into text the computer can recognize and use. Rocketbook has perfected that ability. Using it is as easy as writing in your old 20th century notebook, with one major difference: You don’t have to go out and buy a new one when you fill the pages. Let’s take a tour of Rocketbook and see what it has to offer, shall we?
This New Tablet is Fun and Easy to Use
My first tablet was fun. My second tablet was still fun to use, but since it had more that it could do, it added to the complexity so the “fun level” was scaled back a notch. The tablet I have now, more powerful, faster, and with more memory and apps, is even more complex. Sure, it does a few things very well and quite easily, but it still has its hassles. Rocketbook simplifies things by doing pretty much only one thing and doing that one thing extremely well.
Your Notes and Drawings Are Transferred Immediately to the Cloud
One problem with tablets is that the amount of memory they have to store files and documents is pretty limited. Sure, there are apps available that will allow you to somewhat easily upload your data to the cloud, making it safe and pretty easy to get to. However, you have to remember to launch the cloud-enabled apps and then initiate the transfer to the cloud and you still have to organize your notes and files. Rocketbook comes with a mobile app that sends everything to the cloud and organizes your data so it’s easy for you to access and retrieve. Each page in the Rocketbook Notebook has a series of icons on the bottom. Simply tick the appropriate icon while writing the note and the app will send it to the proper repository.
This New Tablet Lets You Choose Your Operating System
This is one of the really cool features of this new tablet from Rocketbook. If you’re familiar with how iOS is laid out and works, buy the iOS version. If you prefer Android like me, order the Android version. You’re not stuck with an operating system you don’t like just because the one you do like doesn’t support Rocketbook’s functionality.
Always Be Ready to Save a Document
Inspiration doesn’t always strike when it’s convenient. Some of the best ideas ever thought up have come over drinks at a bar. How do you make sure that you’ll have that drawing or those notes in the morning and how can you be sure they’ll still be legible come the morning? Simply capture them with Rocketbook’s image capture capability called Photo Mode and instantly upload those drawings on napkins, tabletops, or the whiteboard at the meeting.
Rocketbook Is Designed for the Note-Taker, Not the Game Player
Rocketbook isn’t a traditional tablet as far as what we’ve come to recognize as a tablet over the past few years. It’s a tablet like I grew up with and my parents grew up with-something to take to class or the office to take notes with. Photo Mode makes it the perfect classroom companion. Students can take notes with the included Pilot FriXion Pen, and then use Photo Mode to capture the drawings and graphs on the chalkboard or whiteboard to fill out those notes at the end of the day. Once you’ve filled the pages with notes and drawings of your own, simply upload them to the cloud destination of your choice (even email them to you and your friend that missed class) and stick it in the microwave for 30 seconds to start all over with a fresh notebook.
Rocketbook for Students and Executives
There are two distinct styles, what I call flavors, of Rocketbook. One is designed more with the student in mind and the other with the business executive. Students typically use paper that is 8.5 by 11 inches, so the Rocketbook Standard is the same size. There are 50 double-sided sheets for a total of 100 pages that can be written on and erased.
The Rocketbook Executive Edition is slightly smaller than the student edition at 5.8 by 8.3 inches. It’s about the same width and height of a DayTimer day planner. The Executive Edition has 70 double-sided pages. Both of these new tablet models use a quadrille-type graph paper with the grid pattern on the Executive Edition being of a slightly smaller size than the Standard Edition.
Rocketbook is currently selling on Indiegogo for about 30 bucks. For that price you get one Rocketbook and one black Pilot FriXion heat-erasable pen. What do you think? Is this something that you think might find its way into your briefcase or your student’s backpack? I’d love to know what you think. Drop me a line in the comments and let me know.
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