Adonit Announces New 'Switch' and 'Mark' Styluses

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    Adonit, a company that makes a range of popular styluses for iOS devices, today announced the launch of two new products -- the Adonit Mark and the Adonit Switch. The Adonit Mark is an entry-level stylus that's priced affordably while the Adonit Switch offers a more premium experience.

    Adonit's Mark is a standard mesh-tipped stylus with a few features to set it apart from competitors, including an anti-roll design and an aluminum body in either silver or black to match Apple's Silver and Space Gray iOS devices.

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    The Adonit Switch is a convertible stylus that bundles a ballpoint pen with one of Adonit's signature clear plastic precision stylus tips. One end contains a standard 0.8mm ballpoint pen tip, while the other works with all of Apple's iOS devices. Like the Mark, it comes in silver and black.

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    Both the Switch and the Mark are available from the Adonit website. The Mark is priced at $12.99 and the Switch is priced at $39.99.

    Article Link: Adonit Announces New 'Switch' and 'Mark' Styluses
     
  2. V.K. macrumors 6502

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    Don't know why they bother. all 3rd party stuluses for iOS devices are terrible regardless of who makes them due to hardware limitations of older iOS devices. This stylus won't be any different. And assuming iPad Air 3 will support Apple Pencil, going forward there won't be any need for them either.
     
  3. Glassed Silver macrumors 68000

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    My Adonit Jot Touch Pixelpoint might not be as good as the Apple Pencil, but at least I've been using it all this time now, it's good enough for taking notes in university, certainly better for me than using the software or hardware keyboard or... *swallows* my finger which have been the Apple-certified™ ways of taking notes in university until the iPad Pro came along.

    I'm not buying the Pro just to get the Pencil though and as long as my iPad Air runs as well as it does now I have no intention on burdening my student budget even more.

    So I'm glad Adonit along with others bothered long before Apple did, they really took a too long nap on this one.
    Yes, they may have created a better product by taking this long, but my God I'm not taking notes when Apple is ready, but when I'm ready.
    The alternative - until Adonit fixed the hole in the iOS ecosystem for me and many others - was to get a Samsung tablet with a Wacom-made stylus.
    Didn't want to lug even more devices around though!

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  4. macduke macrumors 603

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    Adonit manufactured Adobe's Ink stylus and it was a massive pile of crap. It worked terribly with my iPad Air 2. I refuse to buy any Adonit stylus again and am looking forward to the Apple Pencil working with future iPad Air and Mini models.
     
  5. Even Longer macrumors 6502

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    Same ****, another year.

    Sorry Adonit, your best stylus was Jot touch 4.0, you've been riding a dead cow since then with your pseudo-innovations like the first Pixelpoint (I was dumb enough to buy this crap)...

    Anyways, after using Apple Pencil and even those MS Surface pens, rubber & disc tips make me just smile... ;)
     
  6. logicstudiouser macrumors 6502

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    I thought the 2007 iPhone announcement killed off the stylus for good.
     
  7. ghost187 macrumors 6502a

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    It's hard to be a third party vendo of a stylus when the first party ones have a huge advantage (Apple Pencil, Surface Pen, and even the S Pen).
     
  8. chiefsilverback macrumors regular

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    There are 10s of millions of iDevices out there that can't use the Apple Pencil, and even if they make the next iPad Air compatible with the Pencil there are lots of people who don't want to spend $100 on a stylus. To that end I think Adonit don't need to worry any time soon.
     
  9. ghost187 macrumors 6502a

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    But they don't work as well, though they will sell the same way Huawei sells phones, and Lenovo sells laptops.
     
  10. chiefsilverback macrumors regular

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    A Ford Focus isn't as good as a Tesla, but they still sell lots of them!
     
  11. sracer macrumors 601

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    Obviously none of these other solutions will work as well as the Apple Pencil on the iPad Pro. But for those of us without the Pro, we manage as best we can.

    I have 3 different styli that I use with my iPad Air 2. In no way, shape, or form am I suggesting that these are equal alternatives to the Pencil. But I have found them to be quite adequate for the limitations of the iPad Air 2 hardware in this regard.

    Bargains Depot Rubber tip stylus - This stylus has a nice weight, longer than most, and a smaller rubber tip. I use this for quick sketching and diagramming. Cheap enough to have a few in various places for easy access.

    Adonit Jot Mini/Classic - This stylus offers a nice fine point, and I use it primarily for detailed notes and diagramming.

    DotPen - This is a fine-tipped powered capacitive pen. Nice feel, nice weight. Easy to use, no pairing required. I use this for handwriting, more serious drawing/illustrating.

    Notes:
    • None of these styli support pressure sensitivity nor palm rejection.
    • All of these work with all apps in iOS. I like the freedom of being able to use ANY app, not just those that support a particular pen.
    • Instead of relying on palm-rejection, I use a simple cotton glove with the thumb, index, and middle fingers cut off as an "artist glove" when I want to be able to rest my hand on the iPad.
     
  12. alecgold, Feb 26, 2016
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    I've never seen much advantage in buying an iPad (Air) and a mesh pencil. I tried it and simply didn't like it because of the inaccuracy. I know lots of people like it a lot, but for me it was enough to stay using my MacBook Pro and type out everything I need to.
    The minute I saw the presentation of the iPad Pro and the Pencil, I knew I was going to buy one. For me it was really a lot of money, but so far worth every cent. Bought it solely for my study at university which I started this (college)year and I use it more than my MacBook Pro, it goes everywhere, I make notes with the pencil, answer emails and do 90% of my work as an consultant on this iPad Pro.

    And I'm afraid these styli will become extinct if the iPad Air 3 will have support for a Pencil as well. It's so much better, more accurate,powerful and nicer overall.
     

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