The Ultimate Guide to Phone/Tablet Styluses

By  |  Friday, December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I’m still looking for the idea stylus for my iPad–I like to draw, and it’s way easier with a pen than it is with a finger. At the moment, I’m using Adonit’s Jot and mostly liking it, although I’m still not sure whether it’s possible to build a truly great stylus that works with an iPad. (I want one with a feel exactly like that of a good hard, pointy pencil.)

Serenity Caldwell of Macworld has spent way more time with digital styluses than I have. Maybe more time than anyone has. Here’s her amazingly exhaustive review. (The Jot scores quite well.)

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  1. William Says:

    Harry, why don't you try Wacom Bamboo tablets? I heard that they're testing them at Depauw University, and they're also used in settings where precision is key, like auto design. Wacom's tablets seem to be ready-made for serious drawing and drafting–too bad they're mostly an overseas company. Maybe you could do a review.

  2. Harry McCracken Says:

    I own and like a Wacom tablet (and have reviewed ’em, too). But they’re PC peripherals. I like the iPad because it’s so portable. But as Steve Jobs kept telling us, no Apple device was designed to work with a stylus.

  3. The_Heraclitus Says:

    Bamboo Stylus – A premium digital pen for the iPad …

  4. Jon Lipsky Says:

    Harry, we’re currently finishing up adding support to TouchDraw for the soon to be available iPen ( It’s certainly more expensive than the standard syluses; however it actually feels like using a real pen and is much more accurate. You might want to check those out once their publicly available.