Stylus for iPad Air 2

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  1. bocash macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to find a sharp point Stylus for an Air 2 -- any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    The Jot Script or Jot Touch by Adonit. Although I think every Bluetooth stylus other than the Pencil is flawed.
     
  3. bocash thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you very much. I haven't gotten to use a Pencil yet, but I will check out your recommendations.
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    I have 3 different styli that I use with my iPad Air 2.

    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.
     
  5. bocash thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The Adonis and the DotPen look exactly like what I want. Thank you all so much!
     
  6. mjt57 macrumors regular

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    Please let us know how you go.

    I have an ipad Air. I bought the Adonit Jot Script Evernote edition. It works but it has its drawbacks. Maybe it needs to work better with an iPad Air 2. I don't know. But when writing, the palm rejection doesn't always work (using Penultimate). When writing, there is often a lag between moving the stylus across the screen and seeing something produced. And there is this annoying tap-tap noise when writing. Unfortunately it's the plastic against plastic (I assume that's what the ipad screen is made of) tapping sound which cannot be avoided.

    Adonit now makes a greater range of non-pairing stylus products. I'd like to hear from anyone who's got the Adonit Jot Dash. It seems to be a better one.

    http://www.amazon.com/Adonit-Jot-Da..._UL160_SR160,160_&refRID=1BP3WN1F781DTFQZS8EE

    Currently I use a Targus "Smooth Glide" stylus. Its rubber tip, while still squashy and gives me that vague feeling, doesn't drag along the screen like it's fitted with Pirelli P Zeros. Another, Gygnett makes a fabric based pen/stylus which also works OK but it's design means that it's ergonomically not very good.

    Again, these are not bluetooth pens (no power at all), so no palm rejection (not that I've been impressed with that feature), but they seem to write OK.

    Recently, I wife bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It has what they call an "S-Pen", a dedicated stylus for the Note. It's thin, along the lines of my old trusty Palm Pilot, but working with the OEM writing apps it works very well.

    I just wish that Apple would look at designing an iPhone to compete with this market. My 6+ is excellent for note taking, but is let down by the lack of a decent stylus. And finger painting just ain't cuttin' it...
     
  7. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Try the original Pencil by 53. It is not fine-tipped but you should understand that there is no such functionality for the iPad, plus it has palm rejection incorporated in the Paper app as well as Noteshelf and others. More info is available on the FiftyThree site.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 603

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    If you check out my previous post you'd see that there is that functionality (2 of the 3 styli I use are fine-tipped). However, there is no palm rejection.
     
  9. LiveM, Feb 23, 2016
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    LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately, one has a disc for a tip and the other has a "virtual disc". Neither can offer the kind of precision of a Wacom digitiser or iPad Pro because of the screen tech. It's irrelevant how fine or firm the stylus is, apart from the risk of scratches.
     
  10. sparksd macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the Adonit Jot Pro for my Air 2 and my first and last impression were "You're kidding me, right?". I've also tried other capacitive stylus with it. I'm convinced after my own experiences and reading all of the reviews that a good stylus for the Air 2 doesn't/can't exist due to Apple's implementation of the touch interface for the Air 2. If you really want good (or correct) stylus functionality you need to either get the iPad Pro or see what the Air 3 offers. In my own case, I really don't need a stylus (I'm retired and more of a consumer than creator on my iPad) but I was interested in trying things out. If I need to write a note, I'll stick with my Note 4 for now.
     
  11. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I had the original Note and found the pressure sensitivity and digitiser were outstanding for writing. Then I got the original Surface Pro which was essentially the same experience upsized but with inferior PDF anotation, despite the handwriting performance and recognition of the text entry system.

    I type more than write nowadays and the FiftyThree Pencil is adequate for signing contracts until the iPad Mini Pro comes out to replace my Mini 4.
     
  12. sracer macrumors 603

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    I was addressing your claim that no fine-tipped stylus functionality for the iPad. That's not quite true. I've tried to be careful in my comments regarding the limitations of the styli I talk about so as to not give the impression that they are something they are not so your comments regarding how they compare to a Wacom digitizer or iPad Pro are not applicable. I never claimed that they compared favorably, nor did I imply it.
     
  13. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I've gone through the usual styli available and finally settled on the retractable one from NewTrent (one of my favorite companies). The tip is different from the usual rubber, and winds up giving you a very smooth experience. Here are a few photos so you can see what I mean.

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  14. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    The whole iPad line is going to adopt proper stylus tech now that Apple has conceded Microsoft was right, so we won't have to worry about these weird and wonderful works-around.
     
  15. mrex, Feb 25, 2016
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    im using Pencil53 and it is working great. i use Noteshelf to write notes.

    unfortunately apple killed all other styluses just before they launched their own. probably to get their own pencil looks much better and get people buying pro instead of styluses from other manufacturer leaving apple licking fingers only... buahaha! sorry i had to say that...

    i have read from several sources that the new Adonit Jot Touch with pixelpoint should work better with air2. the difference between the old one and the new one is on the tip area (photos are from procreate pages):

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    i havent tested it, too expensive just to test and my Pencil53 is workin well and i love the walnut on my hand.
     
  16. Check 6 macrumors regular

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    Bought a Dot Pen and tried it on my Air 2 with several notes apps and the bottom line is I am sending it back. Hard to write legible text on any of the programs and there was delay from pen movement to writing appearing on the screen. I'm now looking for another but I will most likely end up by upgrading to the iPad pro and the apple pencil which I have tested and work great. My focus is on being able to write notes and convert to text. The Apple pencil one the Pro works great, handwriting is visually very close to normal, there are no delays and text conversion is almost 100% . my opinion Dot Pen just does not do the job.
     
  17. mrex macrumors 68020

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    you wont get the same feeling with any bt styluses because air2 lacks the technology to support pencils. some bt styluses work better, some doesnt work at all and even dumb styluses are better choice than unsupported finepoint bt styluses (no dev support for the app you use).

    so if you are looking anything like os supported pencils (ios/win/android), ipad pro is your only choice in ios world.
     
  18. mjt57 macrumors regular

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    I bought a similar stylus from a local retailer a while ago. I forget the brand but it had that style of nib (if that's the right term) and a ball point pen at the other end.

    Worked well til the clip broke off it and I eventually lost it. But then I was only using it to take quick, short notes on the iphone 6+ and Notability at work mainly.

    For meetings I was using Notability on the ipad and trialling a couple of different styluses including the Adonit Jot Evernote edition (and using it with Penultimate).

    Anyway, I'm back to using Notability and a $10 Targus "smooth glide" rubber tipped stylus/pen combo.

    I'm considering going back to using a pen and paper notepad then scanning the finished pages into Evernote.
     

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