Wacom Creative Stylus or Apple Pencil?

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    Which is better? I think Wacom stylus is cheaper than Apple Pencil if you guys are not able to afford it?
     
  2. FallenLegend macrumors member

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    Have an ipad pro? Get a pencil if not get a wacom.
     
  3. fieldsphotos macrumors 6502

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    I had bought the Wacom Creative Stylus 2 a while back when I was trying to find a nice stylus for my iPad (well before Pro). It suffered from significant diagonal jitter when drawing slowly as I recall. Its performance and the other brands I tried were bad enough that I concluded stylii on an iPad without a digitizer were going to be problematic and so I bought a Samsung Note with the Wacom digitzer to use for a digital sketchbook.

    I haven't gotten to use an Apple Pencil yet, but with a digitizer now in the Pro screen, I have to imagine its performance is miles above the Wacom.
     
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    I was not sure if Wacom Creative Stylus 2 or Fineline 2 will ever work with iPad Pro?
     
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    There is currently an issue with (some) bluetooth styluses and iPad Pro. Not sure if Wacom ICS2 is one of them or not. I've used Pencil 53 on the Pro and haven't had any issues, but I haven't tried any other bluetooth styluses outside of Apple Pencil.

    I have an old Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus (first version), and it can't hold a candle to Apple Pencil in the least. Big smushy tip is terrible when compared to the fine-tipped accuracy of Apple Pencil.

    Now if only all the third-party software would catch up to the performance of Apple Notes + Pencil.
     
  6. mpetrides macrumors member

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    I have the Wacom Bamboo Fineline Stylus (the original one) and can confirm that it does NOT work on the iPad Pro, even using Bamboo Paper. It doesn't even pair.

    The Apple Pencil does pretty well in Bamboo Paper, although Wacom could do bit to improve Palm Rejection in this app.
     
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    Thank you @mpetrides I am close to buy a Fineline 1 until you confirmed it will not work with IPP I wonder about Fineline 2?
    Also thanks for @tekchic I'm guessing Wacom might be won new ICS3 for IPP. Anyway I never liked Pencil by 53 it look thick to hold with hand.
     
  8. mpetrides macrumors member

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    Badrottie, if you have an IPP (or will be getting one), I can't imagine why you would want any stylus other than the Apple Pencil. It blows the doors off any stylus I've ever tried on an iPad--and I have tried at least 25 styluses on my iPads over the last 5 years. Is there something specific you need a stylus to do that the Apple Pencil is incapable of doing?
     
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    I found some dirty cheap price for some styluses that I wanted to buy before I can decide if I want to go Air 3 or IPP next year. Or stay with Air 2 that I have right now.
     
  10. bensisko macrumors 65816

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    For what it's worth...
    None of the "fine point" styluses work with the Pro except the Apple Pencil. I've been trying to track down if this is a hardware fix or a software (likely something to do with the Pro's screen).

    Having said that...
    On non-pro iPads, my favorite (fine point) stylus for drawing is the Adobe Ink (Pencil by 53 is my favorite overall drawing stylus).
    For writing, nothing beats the Fineline (though I'd love to try the new Adonit Script 2).

    It will be interesting to see what Apple does with the Air 3 with Pencil support.

    My suggestion:
    • Find a stylus for a good price and happily use it with your Air 2 (knowing there are limitations).
    • Wait until the Air 3 is launched, then decide from there.
    There's nothing on iOS like Apple's Pencil, but if you are hesitant on the Pro, see what's in store for Air 3.
     

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