Apple Pencil alternatives?

LouE37

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Folks,

Tried a search but came up empty. I don't "need" an apple pencil but would like something partially comparable that i could use for drawing/note taking. I can't justify spending for an Apple Pencil even though i know its functionality is way better than wannabe "stylus" options. Anyone out there use something on their iPad Pro that they are happy with?
 

sracer

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Folks,

Tried a search but came up empty. I don't "need" an apple pencil but would like something partially comparable that i could use for drawing/note taking. I can't justify spending for an Apple Pencil even though i know its functionality is way better than wannabe "stylus" options. Anyone out there use something on their iPad Pro that they are happy with?
Although I primarily use the Apple Pencil with my 12.9 iPad Pro, I also use the DotPen with my iPad Mini 4. I like the DotPen better than the bluetooth styli options because the DotPen works with all apps. When I plan on using the DotPen with the Mini 4 for an extended session, I put on my home-made "art glove" (made from a cheap cotton glove from Walgreens), but art gloves are cheap enough to buy. Using an art glove, you don't have to worry about "palm rejection". Although there is no pressure sensitivity, the experience is quite good.
 

LouE37

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Although I primarily use the Apple Pencil with my 12.9 iPad Pro, I also use the DotPen with my iPad Mini 4. I like the DotPen better than the bluetooth styli options because the DotPen works with all apps. When I plan on using the DotPen with the Mini 4 for an extended session, I put on my home-made "art glove" (made from a cheap cotton glove from Walgreens), but art gloves are cheap enough to buy. Using an art glove, you don't have to worry about "palm rejection". Although there is no pressure sensitivity, the experience is quite good.
Thanks sracer. Do you have the pro or non-pro model?
 

sracer

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Thanks sracer. Do you have the pro or non-pro model?
The iPad Mini 4 is a non-Pro iPad. The 12.9 iPad Pro is (obviously) Pro. The DotPen works with BOTH pro and non-pro ipads. It is a "powered" capacitive stylus. By being powered, it can have a fine point rather than the fat round rubber nub of passive capacitive styli.
 

LouE37

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The iPad Mini 4 is a non-Pro iPad. The 12.9 iPad Pro is (obviously) Pro. The DotPen works with BOTH pro and non-pro ipads. It is a "powered" capacitive stylus. By being powered, it can have a fine point rather than the fat round rubber nub of passive capacitive styli.
Sorry I meant dotpen or dot pen pro, there are two out there and the pro model looks to be rechargeable.
 

Perene

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I couldn't find an answer to these questions anywhere, so I have to ask here...

- The S-Pen used for the Galaxy Tab S3 needs to be paired like the Apple Pencil?
- If I turn wi-fi and bluetooth off in the S3 will the S-Pen work?

- In terms of lag the Apple Pencil is better when compared to the S-Pen, right?

- Assuming the S-Pen doesn't need wi-fi or bluetooth, is it possible to have a pen working like this in the iPAD?
 

sracer

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I couldn't find an answer to these questions anywhere, so I have to ask here...

- The S-Pen used for the Galaxy Tab S3 needs to be paired like the Apple Pencil?
- If I turn wi-fi and bluetooth off in the S3 will the S-Pen work?

- In terms of lag the Apple Pencil is better when compared to the S-Pen, right?

- Assuming the S-Pen doesn't need wi-fi or bluetooth, is it possible to have a pen working like this in the iPAD?
The S-Pen isn't powered and doesn't require WiFi or BT to work with the Samsung tablet.

It is not possible to have a non-powered stylus with a fine point tip that works with the iPad. That is a limitation of the digitizer in the iPad.

Having said that, the Adonit Jot has a fine point tip with a clear plastic disc that doesn't require WiFi or BT. Also, the DotPen I mentioned previously does NOT require WiFi or BT and DOES have a fine point tip. That is because the stylus itself is powered and "emits" a signal that is wide enough for the iPad to recognize it as a finger press.