The reMarkable 2 is almost nothing like an iPad. The screen is E Ink instead of color. It doesn't have an app store; it doesn't play videos or music; and you can't play games on it. With so many things it doesn't do, why the hell would anyone pay $399 for it?
I've used almost every kind of tablet stylus available. The Apple Pencil, Surface Pen, S Pen, etc. As close as some of these styluses have come to replicating the feel of writing with a real pencil or pen, you can still feel (and see) there's some latency when the tip is dragged on the glass display.
That's not the case with the Marker styluses for the reMarkable 2. Both of them — the Marker and the Marker Plus — are the most pencil and pen-like writing experience I've ever used on any tablet (display even). There's virtually no perceivable delay from the moment the digital ink spills out of the tip.
For handwriting digital notes, the reMarkable 2 and Marker is unmatched and I prefer it over an Apple Pencil or S Pen. Drawing is a different story. While the Markers are tilt and pressure-sensitive and you can choose from different brushes and thicknesses, the reMarkable's E Ink display limits you to black and white. This is fine for sketching, but it's a major deal-breaker if you want to go further with color.
The downside to the fantastic Markers: they're sold separately. $49 for Marker and $99 for the Marker Plus. That's not as pricey as Apple Pencil ($129 for second-gen or $99 for first-gen), but it's still an additional cost on top of the already hefty $399 reMarkable 2. With a regular Marker, the total for a reMarkable 2 and stylus totals up to $448. To get that eraser, your cost of ownership balloons to $500.
The reMarkable 2 is a beautiful piece of hardware: it's thin (4.7mm — thinner than an 5.9mm iPad Pro) and light (0.89 pounds) and made of premium metal and glass materials. The Book Folio's a handsome accessory, too, offering stylish protection via a magnetic attachment. But it's nothing special as an e-reader.
Loading e-books (ePUB format without DRM) and PDFs on the reMarkable 2 is easy enough using an app for Android, iOS, PC, or Mac. I've been reading Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama and while the 10.3-inch display is way more spacious than my Kindle's 6-inch screen, I can't say that it helped me read faster. It's a real bummer there's no backlight for reading in the dark.
There's also a Chrome extension for sending websites to your reMarkable 2 for reading later. It works, but it also strips out images, which really sucks. What's an article without photos, even if they're black and white? I didn't find myself using the extension very often. There are a million and one better ways to bookmark a website for reading later.
For most people, an iPad makes more sense. It costs less and the multimedia and app ecosystem are more valuable than a paper-like writing experience. I don't think for a second reMarkable expects to sell truckloads of these tablets and "kill" iPads. But if you're a notetaking obsessive looking for a tablet that prioritizes notetaking, you're gonna love the reMarkable 2.