iPad Has anyone invested in Pencil by FiftyThree?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by triple-tap, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. triple-tap macrumors 6502

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    So I just ordered the Pencil by FiftyThree (same company that brought us Paper, the app). The reviews from the last few days look great, and I am really excited.

    I would never consider trading my iOS tablet (currently a rMini) for a Microsoft surface, but I will admit that I have been jealous of the stylus that comes with the surface pro models.

    After reading the reviews and looking into the Pencil, I discovered that the creators are actually ex-Microsoft employees who worked on the Courier project a few years ago, etc.

    I was also considering the Adonit Jot Script stylus that was just released, but the reviews seem mixed and even lean towards the worse end of the spectrum. I have also been recommend the Livescribe 3, but the price and the fact that it needs a normal paper notebook to function were a turn off. I will report back with my experience when my Pencil arrives. Until then, if anyone has experience with the Pencil stylus, feel free to chime in.
     
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  3. theautopilot macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also looking at this stylus. I'll be watching this thread with interest.
     
  4. jrs22 macrumors 6502

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    I find this stylus intriguing. My biggest problem with it is that the Bluetooth enabled features only work with Paper by 53 app, which has a very limited feature set. For example, I've been reading the support pages and it looks as if even after all the in-app purchases you still can't control line width or eraser width. That seems so basic.
     
  5. Cptnodegard macrumors 6502

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    I'm staying away from this one. I always thought the press the Paper app got was not at all fitting the app itself, and I have a feeling this is no different
     
  6. RichyB macrumors regular

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    Will it work with any of the note taking apps?
     
  7. Menel macrumors 603

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    As a regular dumb capacitive stylus.

    No active BLE features such as palm rejection.
     
  8. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is true, but FiftyThree has released SDK for other app creators to use the technology in their apps. So I am hopeful that, like the Adonit Bluetooth styluses/ styli (sp?), other popular note taking apps will follow by supporting this cool little stylus.

    EDIT: SDK = software development kits, in case any passive readers weren't clear on that.
     
  9. Menel macrumors 603

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    Really! Awesome. It might be going on my xmas wishlist.

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    This says. "would like to", not has released.

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/19/fiftythree-pencil/
     
  10. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    I have been looking into getting this as a gift for someone. Can you please do a review and post photos when you get yours. I am interested to see how it does with writing and note taking on other apps. Thanks.
     
  11. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone invested in Pencil by FiftyThree?

    This stylus has perked my interest a bit. However, it doesn't seem like it's out and thus no review videos or articles. This probably means that once it's out the "Introductory Pricing" is going to go away and the price of the stylus will go up.

    Should I jump the gun and get this stylus? I mostly use my iPad for sketching anyway. I am going to get the TruGlide Apex for writing in the future once it's out.
     
  12. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

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    It looks really nice but I would like to see some reviews as well. The price is sure nice. :)
     
  13. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

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    Yeah exactly!
     
  14. mrdoeboix12 macrumors newbie

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    Are there any reviews for this yet? Sounds awesome. Would make a good gift for the wife since she likes doodling on her iPad.
     
  15. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought about it, but didn't like the fact that the tip was soo big. I use my stylus a lot for note taking and don't think it would be good for that due to the size. I purchased the LYNKtec TruGlide Pro Stylus & Artist Paintbrush Tip yesterday on Black Friday. They had a 50% off sale (I think it is still going on) so it was only 20. This will give me the opportunity to write and draw/paint. They also have very good reviews.

    http://www.lynktec.com/Shop-TruGlide-Microfiber-Tip-Styluses-s/1833.htm
     
  16. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

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    I just want to know if the nub is firm enough.
     
  17. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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  18. Cptnodegard macrumors 6502

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    I just want to warn people who are looing at this stylus that the media saturation for it has been extremely high. It's been all over every site out there, to a much larger degree than other styluses. This means that you have people who more or less have no experience with styluses suddenly reblogging information about this specific one, making it seem like it's the bee's knees.

    I'm not saying it's not good - I actually have no clue if it is or not. I just want to warn people to be a bit careful with products that are this hyped.
     
  19. triple-tap thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The same thing is happening with a ton of products now, though. Playstation 4, Xbox One, iPad mini with retina, etc. Heck, I saw an article on CNN Money reviewing (not talking solely about market projections) for the new Xbox. I've seen reviews in a men's health magazine about a new car.

    I'm not saying you are wrong, but I don't think these reviews deserve any EXTRA special warning or criticisms. All review are subject to biases and experiences of the author.
     
  20. ZipZap macrumors 601

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    The device looks cool but for writing the tip seems too blunt. This is an artists pencil in my opinion
     
  21. Johnny Steps macrumors 6502

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    Well yeah, of course man. It's not aimed at writers :p
     
  22. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't

    I wouldn't invest in it. I can't see the price going up :D
     
  23. laela macrumors regular

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    LOL, exactly what I was going to say. Call it "splurging" not "investing".

    If sketching is your thing *and* you like Paper, then it seems like a no brainer to treat yourself to one of these...
     
  24. GerritV macrumors 65816

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    Great deal that was. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I do :)
     

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