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Old Aug 20, 2012, 01:50 AM   #1
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Best stylus?

Hello guys. I've been out of the loop in terms of information about the iPad for a while and would like to consult you guys about the best stylus for iPad.

I want to use it to draw some diagrams in apps like Penultimate.

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Old Aug 20, 2012, 02:15 AM   #2
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1. Wacom Bamboo Stylus
2. Studio Neat Cosmonaut - great for diagramming, not so good for writing though.
3. Applydea Maglus

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Old Aug 20, 2012, 04:06 AM   #3
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What you all think about this stylus: http://handstylus.com/ It's not out yet but in September it will be the thinnest stylus on the market. 4mm, which is minimum radius for iPhone screen.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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What you all think about this stylus: http://handstylus.com/ It's not out yet but in September it will be the thinnest stylus on the market. 4mm, which is minimum radius for iPhone screen.
I've been thinking of ordering that one as well.

I've also tried the ifaraday and i like it a lot, it's my go to stylus right now. i've tried the bamboo and the joy factory davinci, but so far, i like ifaraday the best.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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I've been thinking of ordering that one as well.

I've also tried the ifaraday and i like it a lot, it's my go to stylus right now. i've tried the bamboo and the joy factory davinci, but so far, i like ifaraday the best.
Same here, though I got a Hand Stylus on preorder. Ifaraday is the best so far for me in responsiveness and quality/longevity of the tip.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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I have many styli. I use the iFaraday RX 2
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 08:22 AM   #7
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My current favorite is the Adonit Jot Touch. The pressure sensitivity is nice, but even if the app you're using don't support it, the spring-loaded tip is great.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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Just got the LunaTik TouchPen (what's the deal with TwoWords strung together with capital letters anyway). It's my new favorite and I highly recommend it.
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 10:38 PM   #9
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The Gosmart stylus Is the best I have ever used.

I have had a wacom bamboo, and an adonit Jot Mini

The gosmart sends them back to the store return

I got the 300 for drawing, and its sweet for that, but its smaller than I thought it would be its about the size of a standard pen.

I am going to order a 200 next.

they both have magnets tapped in to stick to a smart cover.

the tip is not perfect, but I am beginning to think that unless apple comes up with something or licenses wacoms real penabled technology, this one is about as close as it gets.

Its much much quieter than the Jot. Plus It doesn't scratch the screen protector like the Jot did. (granted I only paid a buck for the screen protector)

but you can really see what your doing much better than even the Jot. the spring is really flexible so you can tilt it all around in most angles, I have not tried anything extreme. I have noticed some apps are better than others for precision. penultimate is awesome with it. Wacom has a really good note/sketching app that free to boot. Plus its solid aluminum except the tip and cap.

http://justgosmart.com/stylus/
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Old Aug 24, 2012, 10:52 PM   #10
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The Gosmart stylus Is the best I have ever used.

I have had a wacom bamboo, and an adonit Jot Mini

The gosmart sends them back to the store return

I got the 300 for drawing, and its sweet for that, but its smaller than I thought it would be its about the size of a standard pen.

I am going to order a 200 next.

they both have magnets tapped in to stick to a smart cover.

the tip is not perfect, but I am beginning to think that unless apple comes up with something or licenses wacoms real penabled technology, this one is about as close as it gets.

Its much much quieter than the Jot. Plus It doesn't scratch the screen protector like the Jot did. (granted I only paid a buck for the screen protector)

but you can really see what your doing much better than even the Jot. the spring is really flexible so you can tilt it all around in most angles, I have not tried anything extreme. I have noticed some apps are better than others for precision. penultimate is awesome with it. Wacom has a really good note/sketching app that free to boot. Plus its solid aluminum except the tip and cap.

http://justgosmart.com/stylus/
Very tempted to get this, do you know how well this works with an anti glare screen protector on?
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 08:10 AM   #11
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The Verge did a HUGE writeup of the top stylus for iPad. There is nothing you could want to know after reading the whole thing and watching the videos. Excellent breakdown of pros/cons. Hope it helps.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/29...us-ipad-review
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 10:23 AM   #12
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This is the one I am waiting on
http://handstylus.com/
This seems to be a perfect stylus.
I also like and own the ten one pogo pro.
The Adonit jot was awful as was the service.
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Old Aug 25, 2012, 10:43 AM   #13
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Adonit Jot Pro user here, and pretty happy with it! Extremely precise for use on a touch screen
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 01:23 AM   #14
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Very tempted to get this, do you know how well this works with an anti glare screen protector on?
All I have had is a cheapo but decent for a buck screen protector on it.

It should work ok, the metal "tip" is supposed to be Teflon coated.

Its not perfect, none of them are true to center, jots the same way, its off.

But Its the best I've tried so far. for writing and detail work. I literally sold my wacom cintiq and got an ipad with the proceeds, and its obviously not the same, but I think I can make it work, given the sheer number of excellent apps, but I wanted portability, and the ipads screen absolutely trounce the cintiq. The stylus is close though. I know Unless apple ends up licencing, or coming up with their own technology that will allow a true pointed stylus, this or something like the Jot will probably be the best ones for precision. wacom and the hand stylus are still basically eraser tips. And they do work ok, but I can make lines touch, and run parallel much easier than with the bamboo.

how well do the antiglare screen protectors work btw, I am beginning to have issues with the glare. Plus I imagine that would make it seem that much more like paper.

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Old Aug 27, 2012, 09:28 AM   #15
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All I have had is a cheapo but decent for a buck screen protector on it.

It should work ok, the metal "tip" is supposed to be Teflon coated.

Its not perfect, none of them are true to center, jots the same way, its off.

But Its the best I've tried so far. for writing and detail work. I literally sold my wacom cintiq and got an ipad with the proceeds, and its obviously not the same, but I think I can make it work, given the sheer number of excellent apps, but I wanted portability, and the ipads screen absolutely trounce the cintiq. The stylus is close though. I know Unless apple ends up licencing, or coming up with their own technology that will allow a true pointed stylus, this or something like the Jot will probably be the best ones for precision. wacom and the hand stylus are still basically eraser tips. And they do work ok, but I can make lines touch, and run parallel much easier than with the bamboo.

how well do the antiglare screen protectors work btw, I am beginning to have issues with the glare. Plus I imagine that would make it seem that much more like paper.
interesting, because i had the zagg hd on my new ipad and my wacom bamboo stylus was kind of laggy for most writing/sketching apps so i tried ifarady and other "microfiber" like tips and it was better but still not great, how does this compare? is there any lag? meaning the stylus would be ahead of the line that's being drawn by an inch or so
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 09:46 AM   #16
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Theverge has a great breakdown

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/10/29...us-ipad-review
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Old Aug 27, 2012, 10:00 AM   #17
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Personally, I like the pen+stylus combo.

This is a great quality one for under $10 USD.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 01:05 AM   #18
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interesting, because i had the zagg hd on my new ipad and my wacom bamboo stylus was kind of laggy for most writing/sketching apps so i tried ifarady and other "microfiber" like tips and it was better but still not great, how does this compare? is there any lag? meaning the stylus would be ahead of the line that's being drawn by an inch or so
Sorry It took forever to reply , I missed where you asked me.

I would like to try a microfiber stylus myself, I still haven't seen one, I will probably order the best reviewed one I can find and see .

as for Lag, Some of it depends on the app. I was doing writing and sketching test, and I noticed some apps were jittery while others were much smoother and precise.

Nothing I have tried has been perfect. I tried writing small like 4 Millimeters or so. And straight lines seemed ok, but making loops for my d's and e's etc, would be off. The cross-hairs of the stylus are on an 8 mm diameter disk with a 2 mm wide center circle where the spring sits with cross-hairs the wire is either half or a third a mm wide so its pretty small.

I just ran some test with a few note apps, and noticed the alignment shifts I need to check and see if its my ipad, or something inherent in apples digitizer programming. I started off testing goodnotes and notability, and both seemed to be approximately 1mm shy of dead center, so just at where the crosshair touches the center circle on the "north" end of it. But on testing inknotes hd, it shifted, which it also lags more than the other 2 apps. Interesting thing is I went back to the other 2 apps and noticed shifting as well, so holding the ipad vertically and drawing toward the left side makes the center shift 2-3 mm to the left, and the same with the right .
Also noticed similar shifting top and bottom, and even in horizontal rotation.

I'm gonna check with the designer and see if he notices it. I just double checked it is not just this stylus my caselogic does similar but its not as easy to see. May have to start a new thread.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 02:12 AM   #19
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Sensu Brush if you like painting. It has 2 styluses in one. A brush for painting, and an actual rubber point. It's extremely high quality and works great!

I bought it for $20 because I supported it on Kickstarter but now it's $39.99.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 07:39 AM   #20
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Zoogue

It's a sylus/pen combo - and with the code FreeZoogueAccessory costs you shipping and handling ($3.99). And it's a good stylus (and pen)
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 07:43 AM   #21
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have about 15 stylii at home and at work - ifaraday is the best
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Old Nov 29, 2012, 04:23 PM   #22
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I got a Adonit Classic, and I really like it so far. Got it open box for $15 at MicroCenter.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 09:50 PM   #23
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this is likely not the best but zoogue's gaving a 99 cent sale, i just picked one up- less than $5 with shipping.

http://www.zoogue.com/stocking-stuffers-0-99-special/

Oh yeah already mentioned

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Old Dec 7, 2012, 12:44 AM   #24
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bamboo a little disappointing

Been using the Bamboo solo for about a week. I had read up quite a bit and the decision came down to Jot Pro and Bamboo. For me however the Bamboo is a little disappointing because it has begun skipping when using with the soft nib (with the Bamboo Paper app) and the firm nib doesn't glide well.

I kind of wish I'd have gone with the Jot pro because of its precision along and because it is magnetic and will attach itself to the iPad. The new Hand mentioned above is now another contender. 4mm is really nice and fine. Fine woodworkers use either a sharp knife or a 5mm pencil for laying out fine cuts such as dovetails, for example.
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