Using a stylus with an iPad

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  1. TofSanity macrumors 6502a

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    i recently returned an iPad 16gb because it was too small for my needs. i am going to hold out until the new iPads come out or purchase an Air. I write a lot so the iPad is great for quick thoughts but not so much for sitting down and typing without a stand or BT keyboard. so, my question is...has anyone used a stylus with their iPad to write? T
     
  2. DavieBoy macrumors 6502

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    I use one but I do not use my iPad for anything except messing around. A colleague of mine uses it as a teaching and not taking tool and he swears by it. I haven't actually used mine since i dropped it under my car seat and it is to cold for me to go fishing for it.
     
  3. FubsyGamr macrumors regular

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    Yup I use my BoxWave Capacity stylus, and I use it every day at school to take 3-4 pages worth of math, computer and science notes. It is absolutely perfect. Just make sure that you purchase the right kind of stylus.
     
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Let's just say I write over 4-5 pages a day in the Notes Plus App using the Targus stylus. iPad + notes w/stylus = best note taking & tree saving ever.
     
  5. smcelhinney macrumors newbie

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    For a second I misunderstood and thought you meant you dropped your iPad under your car seat, and was questioning your sanity in not going to look for it, then realised we were talking about a stylus..

    Emm, any recommendations on a good stylus? I, like the OP, doodle and take notes on the fly, and a stylus would be mighty handy. I'm also trying to develop an iPad app with writing support, so wish to test this.

    Cheers!
     
  6. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    I use this one and am very happy with it. It's durable and has never failed me.
     
  7. EazyWeazy3 macrumors 6502

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    Those of you taking notes on the iPad with the stylus...how exactly are you writing the notes? When writing with pen and paper I usually rest down my hand on the page itself(right-handed). I find this impossible to do on the iPad.
     
  8. seajay96 macrumors 6502

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    check in the settings of your app, many of them have palm detection algorithms (which are tuned to right handed people)

    otherwise, I just don't wrest my palm/wrist on the ipad or table
     
  9. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a

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    I've read in similar threads that some have overcome this using a fingerless glove.

    Mike
     
  10. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    yes a stylus can work for taking a quick note, thoug if the primary use for your iPad will be doing lots of text entry then a MacBook or MacAir seems a better option really.

    I love my iPad, (for what is good at ie web surfing on the move and email etc on the move) but when i need to sid down at type a few thousand words, even with a bluetooth keybord it is a pain in the but.
     
  11. FubsyGamr macrumors regular

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    I have the YooBao Magic Case, so I just set it to the lowest setting, then angle the iPad at about a 30-45 degree angle, so that my wrist/palm are resting on the table, and the stylus is writing on the iPad.

    This works great with NoteTaker HD because the writing 'box' is always at the bottom of the iPad, never anywhere else.
     
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  13. Pyxus macrumors newbie

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    Check out Noteshelf and Penultimate; both apps have excellent palm rejection and natural writing feel - combined with a Boxwave Styra stylus you get a really good "inking" experience!

    Boxwave capacitive Styra here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/capacitivestyra/index.htm
     
  14. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Notes Plus App has a good palm rejection feature. Penultimate fails about every 5 minutes for me so I gave up and deleted it. For long detailed notes try Notes Plus App. Friendly tip: the dev has dropped the price down to $.99 many times - I'd recommend not purchasing it at $4.99 even it's well worth it.
     
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    I really wish Apple would bundle it with the device. Than some games would come out like mario vs dk or precise touch games like rts would work better imo so fwr all the games are designed for fat finger touch.
     
  17. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    Do these stylus' work well with a screen protector? I have the wrapsol protector on mine. Thanks!
     
  18. LadyHoneyBabe macrumors 6502

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    If it works with your fingers, it should work with the stylus.
     
  19. Piggie macrumors 604

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    It would help Apple as a company if Steve Jobs did not come out with stupid personal comments which they then have to either stick to, or been seen to back track on.

    Things like Stylus means it's a fail for a tablet.
    You would need to file your fingers down to use a tablet less than 10"
    Flash is a fail

    And other such things I've no doubt.

    There are other ways of saying things, like they don't feel the time is right for implementing such a feature. Rather than digging yourself into a hole by slagging the feature off.

    Yes, of course, when it comes to writing or painting, then a pointing device it better that a finger tip. We are not cavemen, we have advanced past that stage and now can use tools to do more advanced work.

    Perhaps, just perhaps they will be able to change the screen tech a little to detect and respond in a more accurate way to a stylus when you use one and fit a stylus into the iPads case for when people are using an app that works better with a stylus. Again, it will be hard to do now that he said it's a fail if you have a stylus, so will need to backtrack.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YY3MSaUqMg

    My feeling is, and I may be totally wrong here, Apple will not offer one and will pretend they have no use.
     
  20. Al3x87 macrumors member

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    why to use a stylus when the iPad has one of the best capacitive touch screens ever made?
     
  21. Piggie macrumors 604

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    Why do artists use brushes when they could even easier just stick their finger in the paint pot and use that?
     
  22. touchmonkey macrumors 6502

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    Like this and your previous post.
     
  23. kevinbal macrumors regular

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    To echo other opinions here, I've got the Griffin stylus (which, looking at some links here, looks identical to the Targus one - I think they are just rebranded) and so far I've really liked it. It works great as a complimentary tool and I haven't noticed a single issue using it (even with a Zagg invisible shield.)

    I don't use it 100% of the time (I still prefer using the iPad as designed with a touch interface) but for note taking using Penultimate, having a stylus is great.
     
  24. DuckSoup macrumors 6502a

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    Really big guys have really big finger tips. Where you perhaps gots breakfast links for fingers I gots hotdogs.

    Believe you me, for me a stylus makes some things much more accurate when using the iPad, not so much (if at all) the keyboard, but gaming or drawing it DOES improve accuracy - SOMEtimes though the fat-finger helps in drawing.

    Mike

    P.S. On the iPhone the stylus does make a huge improvement in helping to minimize typos using the keyboard.
     

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