Fine-Tipped iPad Stylus

Edit: There have been developments on a new active stylus design which gives you a fine-tipped stylus with built in palm rejection.  Its called the Cregle iPen.

For those of you who have ready my previous post about the BestStylus, you know that I have done a lot of research on different styli for the iPad 2.  I ended up just buying the Targus stylus from Best Buy.  While it is a rather good stylus, it isn’t necessarily the best for note taking.  The problem I have with the stylus is the very wide, rounded tip.  Also, the tip is not firm; when writing, the tip flattens out because of the pressure applied.

There is a new stylus, however that looks very promising.  The Jot Pro by Adonit allows you to write with a small ball point that is surrounded by a clear round disk.  If I understand correctly, the clear disk provides the iPad (or any capacitative screen) with the wide impact area while the ballpoint is placed at the very center.  This provides the user with pinpoint accuracy.

In addition to the increased accuracy of this stylus over other styli currently on the market, there are many other features that make the Jot Pro look like a very well designed stylus.

  • It comes with a protective cap to prevent the user from losing/breaking the disk.
  • The disk is very durable and requires some effort to remove.  This prevents you from breaking or losing the disk.
  • The pen is made of a durable, heavy metal.
  • The stylus includes a rubber grip for comfort while writing.
  • The Jot Pro includes a magnet, which allows you to attach the stylus to your iPad 2’s built in magnet for the smart cover.
For more information and videos of the stylus in use see the Adonit Website and/or the posts on Kickstarter.
Overall this stylus looks like a new groundbreaking piece of technology for note taking and drawing on capacitative touch screens.  My only concern is the possibility of the disk scratching the screen.  However, there haven’t been any reports of that being an issue.  I do not yet have one, however I will write an updated post when I get to test it out.
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20 thoughts on “Fine-Tipped iPad Stylus

  1. CodeCheapBuy

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  2. Web Design

    Interesting article, how can I go about getting a hold you for more information on the subject?

  3. Aman

    Hey check out Estylo from Plai. My vote definately is for Estylo 1.1 from Plai for sketching.I think , E.stylo  is indeed with no doubt the most accurate capacitive stylus available in global market,which works without any direct electronic support or radio frequency support.But u need to get use to the holding angles and once u get use to it, its very easy.It also works with gloves on so that u can finally rest your hand comfortably on screen without unnecesary irritating inputs on the screen and it’s ideal for sketching,but may not be good for writing.Its better than Dagi, Adonit Jot-Pro, OStylus, etc because the discs of those styluses while touching the screen gives unnecesary lines or points on the screen near the aim or centre point, most of the time.Also while drawing vertical or horizontal lines u get the buttery smoothness of the capacitive screens with best accuracy possible on a screen.Also till now, By-Zero’s aPen and other styluses for which By-Zero licenses technology or sells aPen with different brand names is also not so good option and not so fast and comfortable. The problem with APen stylus and styluses for which Apen licensed technology is that they only work with Few note taking apps and only with Studio Basic sketch software which lacks important features like copying many photos, Zooming for making fine lines, eye dropper tool, smudge tool, colour blur tool, Dodge tool, lighten or brighten tool, etc.And it does no support other sketch Application.Otherwise if u want an electronic stylus for very light sketching without zooming or other features or if u have no problem using a very limited compatable note taking apps , aPen will work out for u. Also your screen will not accept any other input other than the By-Zero’s aPen once aPen is being switched to on mode until it is switched off.
    Please see
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/plai-tv/estyl

    and
    http://plai.tv/

    Also,
    Please check out this YouTube video i posted regarding Accuracy of Estylo by clicking on the following web link.


    This video illustrates the accuracy of Estylo when drawing thin lines at the end of video.If possible, just zoom to see the thin lines being drawn accurately.
    Estylo is compatible with all capacitive screen devices including iPad.
    Well,This is the way to use Estylo

    I came to know and analysed some important following points on e.stylo.
    Important instructions for highest accuracy of e.stylo in sketching:

    Use atleast 38 degrees slanted screen surface for more tilting comfort.Locate point with preferably back tip because in case of e.stylo 1.0,the corners of the back tip are less curved than that of front,giving more pin point control.Slightly offset back tip,maximum be around 40 degrees from the screen surface.
    Line thickness will start before the little(very small) back tip curve.
    It’s made out of wood, the front tip of the newer 1.1 version of Estylo stylus,works between 0 to 75 degree (Approximately) angle, the back tip works from 0 to 40 degree angle (Approximately), it has all most no self caused drag, the tips are thin and plai.tv team figured out a cool way for it to work with gloves on.The small tip end which is  nearest to the exposed wood part is front tip end and the other end is back tip end.See one of the large side view of e.stylo for better understanding.

    My advice:
    Use back tip for both new 1.1 version and older version for fine sketching.
    For starting a line from an intersection of 2 lines,u can use e.stylo tip in flat position without need for any offset.

    The front and back tips can be operated at various angles from various corner points.One of the corner point is for precision sketching,as shown in this video.

    Well Estylo is ideal for sketching on ipad but not for writing.For writing u need a stylus tip which can move really very fast while moving along short curves or short distances,compared to that in the case of sketching.Acually, till now no capacitive stylus without battery powered network interface is good for writing.For writing battery powered styluses like By-zero is good only if u really don’t need sketching app features like copying many photo layers and images/photos from iPad photo library,zooming for making fine lines, eye dropper tool, smudge tool, colour blur tool, Dodge tool, lighten or brighten tool, etc. And if u have no problem using a limited number of 2 or 3 Handwriting apps compatible.Also while using By-Zero u cannot charge your iPad.Similar electronic styluses comparable with android devices are available online now.By-Zero is made only for iPad till now.A stylus similar to aPen called iPen is now launched on kickstarter which is more productive since it works with few other Sketch apps available on itunes other than Studio basic,but still has similar problems in sketching productivity as that of aPen or By-Zero.If its about precision,By-zero or aPen has more precise tip than iPen.However iPen 's tip also is not bad for precision.All in all, for sketching purpose,Estylo is the best,it's more precise than aPen,works with all softwares and program's on virtually all Capacitive devices like iPad,and it's cheaper than iPen or aPen.

    Please see,
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/59145126@N07/sets/72

    For more details on Estylo

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