Stylus for Handwriting?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jazwire, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Where do I get a decent stylus for handwriting ?

    I bought a stylus by Targus but it's horrid it has a large softtip and doesnt seem to work well with notability.

    Tried a nintendo ds pen which would give the control with the small hard tip ,like a real pen. But it doesn't work with the iPad at all.

    Suggestions ?

    I just want something that works well with Noteability.
  2. hchavarria macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    I use a stylus from Bamboo and I use Ghostwriter notes I've also used another great app called noteshelf. If you are having a tough time it can also be the app but I can't say since I haven't used noteability.
  3. DS3, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    DS3 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2011
    Heh, they didn't just put a large soft tip for the hell of it. Its a capacitative touch screen, it requires a fairly large activation area.

    The alternatives are things like the Adonit Jot, which use a clear plastic disc to touch the screen so you can see more precisely where you are hitting the screen.

    There is also the iPen, which is $90 and requires you to plug in a sensor device into the connection port. It has a normal thin tip but Ive heard it can be a little buggy. Still it might be best for you.

    Personally Im waiting for the Adonit Jot Touch right now, which is the same as the above Jot but with pressure sensitivity (if the app supports it) and palm rejection through bluetooth. But thats not really necessary for handwriting. Will also be more expensive of course.

    The bamboo stylus thats being mentioned is a soft tip one like the ones you are using, its just a little nicer build. I find the soft tip ones work fine in zoomed in text mode that most note apps have, but thats only really practical for short notes not extensive handwriting since you have to make such large letters.
  4. MelodyMarch03 macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2012
    I like the Wacol Bamboo so far, I use it with notability. Keep in mind that using the zoom in the app, with the different thicknesses of ink is very helpful.
  5. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    What's the word on that pressure-sensitive Bluetooth 4.0 pen? Any release date in sight? That's really gonna be the killer accessory for me.
  6. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    I bought a pair of Adonit Jot's durring the KickStarter funding. Best stylus I've tried so far, but as much as I like them we are still a long way off from replacing pen and paper.
  7. captmatt macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    Your best bet is to get a Samsung Galaxy Note for stylus types of activities.
  8. fortuneteller33 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2012
    I recently purchased the iPen directly from Cregle's site: after reading a review: . I haven't received it yet but anxious as heck to try it! Adonit's Touch looks really good. Thx I didn't know about app!
  9. MrJoshua-UK macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
  10. Snapperjw macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    Hi, I'm guessing that you are in the UK, how much did you pay for shipping to the UK? What was the total cost in £?

    Very interested in buying!!!

    Thanks, Snapper.
  11. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Go look in iPad Accessories forum....dozens of threads on this subject.
  12. jack1123 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    I can't believe no one has said 'the' quote yet
  13. MrJoshua-UK macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2012
    Hi Snapper

    $39 all in. Looks good doesn't it!


    I think there's a big difference between having to use a stylus to navigate the OS and type, and using a stylus to draw/paint and take handwritten notes.

  14. Overtheboards macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2012
  15. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    The problem isn't the stylus. The problem is the software not being made for stylus input.

    Ive been wanting to write on the iPad for years but thought it was the screen that was holding us back. But even with the retina screen then handwriting is just not very good. So why is that exactly? If this is supposed to replace paper then why not make it act more like paper? :)
  16. Snapperjw macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2007
    I use Penultimate all the time for taking notes with a stylus. I ue the pogo stylus which works really well as it doesn't have a rubber tip and so doesnt not stick to the screen, it uses a fibre which works really well
  17. Jspring86 Suspended


    Oct 7, 2011
    Tempe, AZ
    While it doesn't have a small tip, I do highly recommend the iFaraday stylus:

    I have the RX II stylus and it works great. It writes much smoother than rubber-tipped styli.
  18. LadyX macrumors 68020


    Mar 4, 2012
  19. fortuneteller33 macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2012
    Sure! I finally got my tracking # and it should arrive Mon. Cregle never answered my emails though. I'll try it out and will let you guys know what I think.
  20. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    Wirelessly posted

    I actually saw the touch panel grid in the sunlight yesterday. Once u see it, you'll know EXACTLY why u can't use a fine tip pen. I never saw it on my iPad 2, and I had it outside all the time.

    Take the iPad out in the sun and look at the screen from different angles. You will see an "invisible" grid under the glass made up of small squares. That's the touch panel grid.

    Now I totally understand why those stylus have big fat tips. And once u see it, it'll all be crystal clear.
  21. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    Jobs was a great man, but there are just some things you cannot to with a pudgy finger :)
  22. 28Gauge macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2011
    I have the Wacom Bamboo stylus and I do like it . I am curious as to how long the rubber tip will last, though.

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