Stylus Options for 2016
Hi everyone and welcome back to my Computer and Consumer electronics blog. I hope you’re all having a great week, and are enjoying the cold weather as much as I am! Did you know that in the western world Irish people are the biggest users of their mobile phone internet. Smartphone users in Ireland is at an all time high, with 80% of Irish people owning a smartphone. And whilst many people believe that there are too many people spending too much time on their touch screen smart devices, I disagree. Not only are they easy to use, they’re so easy that young children can use them. However one of the biggest problems with touchscreens are in fact having to use your fingers to touch them. I don’t know about you but I have slightly chubby fingers, in fact it at one point earnt me the nickname chipolata fingers, because of their strange way of looking like teeny chubby sausages. It means that I sometimes struggle with clicking the wrong thing on my tablet, and I’m pretty much fucked if I try to use my smartphone to access some websites. And that's ignoring the unsightly streaks of dirt and finger marks that are left smudged on my iPad after a long day of use. I recently went online and bought a greatused stylus pen for tablets online and it has made my life so much easier.
There are many different types of stylus with many different uses, and they range in price from under $5 to around the $100 mark. I’m here to explain the differences to you, so that you can decide which one is right for you.
Rubber ended stylus.
One of the cheapest options, which if you’re just looking for something to use part of the time is probably your best option, is the rubber stylus. Only slightly thinner than fingers, the rubber stylus is cheap and cheerful and delivers all your basic needs.
Unfortunately this type of stylus has a fair few disadvantages. Due to the thicker rubber bottom this stylus isn’t as accurate as you might sometimes need. It can also take a while to register the tip against the device, so sometimes might require a heavier hand, which makes it better for younger children who tend to be heavier with their pressure. With prices ranging between $5 and $7 this style is only really worthwhile if you are using it and your tablet sparingly.
Microfiber basic stylus.
Very similar in design and shape to the rubber stylus, the microfiber stylus is a slight upgrade to its rubber counterpart. Offering a much more consistent experience, the microfiber stylus has better control but you will still probably experience inaccuracies and the stylus will register in incorrect places.
One of the main advantages of the microfiber stylus over the rubber stylus is that they often come with spare replacement tips, which helps when they inevitably wear out. For general use the microfiber basic stylus is great for all basic needs, it costs a fraction more than the rubber stylus, between $5 and $10, but out performs it in all aspects.
Adonit Jot Pro.
Adonit has a wide range of different styluses that they produce. However the one they are best know for is the Adonit Jot Pro. The adonit jot pro has a rather unique design in that it has a narrow point mimicking a pen, with a flat clear rubber disc below which mimics the touch of a finger. Not only does this produce miles better accuracy than the first two styles of stylus, it also requires far less pressure on the pen which would cause the stylus to wear out quicker. The price for the Adonit Jot Pro can be around the $30 mark, which makes it a lot more expensive than the previous two options, although I have found that you can get some great deals when you look for used and second hand options.
The Apple Pencil.
The Apple Pencil is the only stylus we’ve looked at that only works on one device, the iPad pro. Now let's start with the price, as the Apple Pencil is one of the more expensive Styluses out there at $100. It can also only be charged when connected via the lightning port to an iPad pro, however according to Apple it only need 15 seconds of charge to work for 30 mins, which is pretty impressive. If you have an iPad Pro and you’re on the lookout for a stylus, no expense spared, then this is the one for you. Unfortunately though that leaves a lot of people out, myself included.
So, unfortunately we have run out of time and space and there’s still hundreds more styluses that are out there. If you’re on the lookout for a stylus simply for browsing the web then the Adonit Jot Pro or similar is definitely the way to go. However if you use your iPad or tablet for more creative uses then look into other Styluses such as the Pencil by Fiftythree -who have also made a great app for designing on ‘Paper’