Opinion on Alupen VS Bamboo stylus?

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by ctbear, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    I currently have an $10 Acase stylus from amazon. It works rather well, except that it is a little too thin and short for me. I also don't quite like that I have to apply some pressure to register a touch to the screen. I'm thinking about getting a new stylus have set my mind on an Alupen and a Bamboo stylus.
    The Bamboo stylus seems long enough for me and is receiving very favorable reviews. However it is quite a bit more expensive and out of stock everywhere.
    The Alupen provides a better grip but looks shorter than the Bamboo stylus. Some say the Alupen is better for hand writing because it is shaped similar to a permanent marker, since writing on the screen is just like writing on a white board. The Alupen also doesn't have a clip which is more of a hassle to carry around.
    By the way I need the stylus just to write notes. I don't draw.
    Which one will better suit my need?
  2. tirnszw macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Go with Bamboo Stylus

    I've never tried Alupen but, I love my sleek Bamboo Stylus. It feels solid, durable and, it weighs just about right in your hand. Writing or drawing on iPad is very comfortable. It's worth the price for the quality item (Made in Japan).

    I just realized it's no longer in stock at Amazon.com. It must be selling like hot cakes. Got mine delivered only a few days ago.
  3. ctbear thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    Is it hard to write with your palm hovering above the screen?
  4. Diveflo macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    Most note-taking apps have palm-resting features.
  5. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    I have both and use both with a tendency to use the Bamboo more when going out because of the clip and I took the headphone plug off my Boxwave and attached it to the clip on the bamboo so it attaches directly to the Ipad nicely.

    Your right the lack of a clip is the biggest drawback of the Alupen which I kind of prefer writing wise actually. It has a firmer tip and one needs no pressure to write, just writes like a regular pen on the screen.

    The Bamboo has really the same soft tip as many others, but it does have a completely different interaction with the screen than other stylus's. While you do need to apply the slightest amount of pressure to write the screen responds to it it precisely.

    I think if transporting your stylus is a concern, clearly you should go with the Bamboo, and try ordering it directly from them, that's where I got mine and they will have them in stock before anyone else for sure.

    Try their notepad app too, very nice, simple and straightforward.

    Good luck.
  6. ctbear thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    The palm area is always below where I am writing...which is kind of useless because when I write with a pen my palm rests to the right of where I'm writing...I end up just hover my palm over the screen.

    Thanks for the input.
    Transporting the stylus is not really a huge concern...I'm more concerned about comfort, especially when writing.
  7. Firen macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2009
    Vienna, Austria
    If you use a note-taking app where you can't rest your hand on the device you're probably gonna throw your iPad against a wall after a two lines. At least that' what I wanna do ^^
  8. tirnszw macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Using my Bamboo Stylus on iPad

    Writing without resting my palm on iPad is not an easy task however, handwriting/drawing apps (Bamboo Paper, Penultimate, etc.) can help you prevent unintentional marks made by your knuckles of your hand on contact with iPad surface.

    I do not think writing with your palm off would be a problem once you get used to how stylus grips onto the surface of iPad. It takes some practice. Because writing on iPad is very fluid and involves less friction than you get when you write on a paper with pen, I tend to write in cursive on iPad.

    To assist me in writing on iPad on desktop, I use my stand. The stand is adjustable at multiple angles and stable enough to withstand wobbling while writing on iPad. What I do often is to put my lower arm on the edge of my desk while keeping my hand off the iPad when precision and control (or when my hand and arm are fatigued and lazy) is needed in writing or drawing.
  9. ctbear thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    Thanks for all the replies. :)

    Just bought and received an Alupen, since the Bamboo stylus is out everywhere.
    Works like a dream. Feels hefty in my hand, and good thickness. I think this is a keeper.
  10. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    Want a Wacom Bamboo? You'll never guess where you'll find one!

    at Wacom, and with free shipping!
  11. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    I tried the bamboo and it's nice if not a bit mushy. I bought the alupen based solely on comments here. It writes and draws very nicely, but I feel it's a bit oversized, width wise. Not quite sure why it needs to be so fat. There is still room on the market for the perfect stylus IMO.

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