Best ipad stylus for writing 2012


Until Paper for iPad launched, we didn’t know many people who were clamoring for a stylus to use in conjunction with their iPad. And now, the Best Buy around the block from us is sold out of styli, and Amazon’s in-house stylus has reached #1 on the sales chart for tablet accessories — ahead of smart covers, screen protectors, cases, and stands. Well OK, maybe it was Draw Something that spurred the rush, but if it’s not completely evident, the stylus is making a bit of a comeback.While no iPad stylus is perfect (how much fun is drawing on glass using a pen, really?), we’ve thrown together our favorites and given each a run with Paper, our new go-to scribbling app, to present you with the best stylus for iPad, once and for all. Check out the Verge Scores beneath each stylus, and then refer to the Wrap Up section at the bottom of the page to see complete Score breakdowns.

Update: On May 31st, eight new styli were added to the post (beginning with the Monoprice 8843), and are included in a brand new “Part II” Video Review about halfway down the page. Since this second round of styli were deliberately chosen after hearing recommendations from readers, the results tend to be a bit better.
Update: On July 14th, four new styli were added, beginning with the LYNKtec TruGlide. There is no video review for these four styli.

This is a discussion on Best Stylus for the new ipad within the iPad Accessories forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; I have been trying to research what is a good choice for a stylus for the ipad and can’t find a definitive selection. Does anyone.I have been trying to research what is a good choice for a stylus for the ipad and can’t find a definitive selection. Does anyone have experience with either the wacom Bamboo or Pogo Sketch Pro stylus? Any other reccomendations are appreciated, thanks.I heard a lot of praise for the adonit stylus. It’s got a unique design, which lets you see exactly what you’re drawing. But it’s mostly for precise drawing and writing, if you want it to wave around fast, i heard it’s not that great. I’m really thinking of getting it, cause i storyboard a lot and mostly can’t figure out what the hell i scribbled there.I use my stylus a lot actually – some notetaking apps etc that I use a lot, but also for just general use to give my fingers a break.
My main stylus is from iFaraday iFaraday Store, they have a few styles but I use the iFaraday RxII. Love this stylus, it’s the one that I always pull out first. Material tip, nice size and weight, don’t have to apply a lot of pressure.
My second stylus of choice is the Alupen Just Mobile Xtand – Stand for iPhone / iPod touch / MacBook they have tons of colors. This is a rubber type tip, thick in your hand and has some weight to it, just feels nice in my hand I guess.
I also have the Aponyo click stylus Aponyo Click – Fabric-tipped Stylus for Capacitive Touch-screens (iPad 2, New iPad 3, Android, HTC, Samsung) (White): Electronics which is always in my purse as a back up. My daughter prefers this one over my iFaraday so it’s personal preference. Material tip which seems hollow so, to me, I feel I have to apply more pressure than my iFaraday. It’s smaller and more compact.
As for the others mentioned above, I’ve not tried them so this isn’t a comparison to those, just what I use. Good luck on your search!
The Wacom Bamboo is highlighted by FiftyThree (the company behind Paper) in its website and video for a reason: it’s the best stylus you can buy for your iPad. It’s beautiful in a modern yet understated way, only taking what it needs from the conventional idea of a “pen.” For example, the shaft of the Bamboo is a touch girthier than a Bic pen, but it’s also about an inch or so shorter than a Bic. The Bamboo is light enough to toss in a pocket, but heavy enough to feel substantial. I just slightly prefer the Kensington’s height to weight ratio, but the Bamboo is close. The tip of the Bamboo, which is smaller in diameter than its peers, is the killer feature here. The Bamboo’s smaller tip (which is removable, in case you need to replace it) makes it the second most agile of the rubber-tipped styli I tested — only the Kuel H10 managed to beat it in this department. Also, you can even remove the pocket clip if you want. Like the rest of the rubber tips I tested, this one’s mushy and doesn’t provide the hardness I’m looking for from a writing utensil. But ultimately, it’s the most precise and more importantly the most predictable stylus of the group. The Bamboo’s going to cost you, though, checking in at just under $30.With its slender metallic body and straight-up cylindrical shape, the Pogo Sketch is the most traditional looking “stylus” of the bunch. The Sketch sets itself apart because its tip isn’t a round piece of rubber like most of its peers, but is instead a cylindrical block of black conductive foam. The closest thing I can think of that it resembles in consistency is a dart from a NERF gun. The flaky foam just feels cheap — like it’s not going to last very long, especially since the foamy material compresses as you press down it. Because of its tip, the Pogo was unresponsive and only registered touches with the iPad if I pressed it hard against the screen. And because the Pogo’s tip is flat on top and shifts in position as your write, it can be near impossible to make a mark on the page exactly where you intend to. The Sketch will cost you $14.95.”The problem is, all the styluses on the market are designed to look and feel like a pen. But why?” This is the question Studio Neat asked when it designed the Cosmonaut, a heavy duty wide grip stylus wrapped in rubber for your iPad. Apart from its size and appearance, the most remarkable feature here is a rigid tip that isn’t at all mushy like the other rubberized stylus tips I tested. This means that despite the Cosmonaut’s weight, in order to make a mark on your screen, you’ll have to press down harder than if you were using the Bamboo or other rubber tipped styli. With the Adonit Jot Pro (reviewed below) on the other hand, you don’t need to press down at all.In this way the Cosmonaut achieves its goal completely by emulating a dry erase marker — a pen that requires some force to use and is easy to hold. Whereas other styli tips compress when you push down to write, the Cosmonaut inks out smooth curves and very straight lines when you press down. The Cosmonaut, while expensive (at $24.95) and not very dynamic, is the least fragile of all styli I tested. It’s nice to be able to toss it in your bag and not worry about puncturing its tip or snapping it in half. Studio Neat’s goal with the Cosmonaut was “fast, simple, low fidelity,” and to that extent, they have succeeded, but don’t plan on doing any extended note taking or precise drawing with this one. Fine details are near impossible to produce, and it can be tough to see exactly where you’re drawing because the Cosmonaut is so big.

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