Don't-Miss Stylus Stories
Nite Ize specializes in nifty gadgets, and three in particular are appealing accessories for iOS devices.
For years now, Adobe has been teasing Project Mighty, its iPad stylus and digital ruler prototypes; now, those prototypes have graduated to full-fledged product status in the form of Adobe's Ink and Slide. Here's our review.
And here I thought manufacturers had given up trying to innovate on the stylus.
FiftyThree's Pencil stylus is billed as a hardware companion to the company's Paper app for the iPad; it's a nifty little pen, but implementation bugs and odd mapping make it fall short of true greatness.
Adonit's new stylus not only defies form-factor expectations, but it also provides one of the best note-taking experiences on the iPad.
Wacom's smallest and most-affordable Cintiq has many charms going for it—but it's held back by its lack of Multi-Touch capability.
Associate editor Serenity Caldwell takes drawing app Paper's newest update, with its color-mixer add-on and support for Ten One's Pogo Connect pressure-sensitive stylus, for a spin.
With all this talk lately of smaller and lighter iPads, you have to stop and wonder why someone would create a shell that makes the current iPad not only bigger, but heavier. Yet that's exactly what Documont has done with the Kowala, an iPad lapboard for artists and workers alike -- and it's surprisingly good, too.
Perhaps no tool will make artists feel more at home on the iPad than the Hand Glider, a lightweight sleeve for your wrist and pinky that prevents your skin from triggering multitouch gestures or wayward marks while using a stylus. By outward appearance alone, the glove looks a little silly, but its function far outweighs its design quirks.
The latest addition to Adonit's family of disc styluses for iOS devices, the Jot Flip seeks to fill the stylus/pen niche treasured by those still chained to paper and pen. And while it shares a few stylus flaws with its Adonit siblings, it gets the pen right.
The $30 Hand Stylus, which started out life as a Kickstarter project, gets points for innovation with its retractable 4mm nib, but it may displease those who like writing softly on their device.
Adonit's Jot Touch may be the best iPad stylus yet, although the way the apps handle its pressure-sensitivity data could use some work.
The Joy Factory's two styluses, the Monet and the DaVinci, offer a taste of the range of nib styluses currently on the market. The Monet is an elongated model that excels for painting, but not much else; the DaVinci is a solid, all-purpose tool, but not the best available.