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The Netatmo Weather Station is pricey, but it's a very slick device that lets you monitor your hyper-local weather conditions from your iOS devices. With modern design, good accuracy, and an easy-to-use iOS app, it makes it simple and fun to check the current weather, as well as to record and view weather data over time.
Dodocase's new iPhone 5 Wallet provides your iPhone with a snug sleeve and pockets for cards, passes, and cash.
Toca Band is another app from Toca Boca that your kids will love. But because it requires less creativity, and its music gets mind-numbingly repetitive, you might feel differently.
Serenity Caldwell has tested a lot of styluses. (And we mean a lot.) Now she's pitting them head-to-head in a series of challenges. In the latest installment, she looks at which stylus is the best for sketching and drafting.
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.
With a lightweight polycarbonate shell and man-made leather backing, the Krusell Luna Mobile Undercover case keeps the back and corners of your iPhone 4 safe, but little else.
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.
Paper, created by design studio Fiftythree, may be one of my favorite drawing apps ever to grace the iPad. But sadly the app as-is has a few major flaws that make it exceedingly frustrating to work with.
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.
iFaraday's inexpensive line of styluses may not be the flashiest or best touchscreen pens on the market, but they get the job done. Staff editor Serenity Caldwell takes a look at the iFaraday Stylus, Artist Stylus, and RXII.
Adonit has taken a shrink ray and a steel cutter to its popular Jot stylus to produce the more diminutive Jot Mini, the company's newest offering. But though the Jot Mini is a beautifully constructed offering from Adonit, it left me wanting more in the useability department.
Just Mobile's AluPen Pro is a revamp of the company's original AluPen stylus, adding 2-in-1 functionality in a slimmer package, while keeping the great design ethic.
Aluminum-machined styluses are all the rage these days, with Arctic Accessories's Architect Stylus the latest in a long line of impeccably-designed devices. But while the Architect may take its cues from Adonit's line of capped pens, and the sleek figure of Wacom's Bamboo, it winds up being in a class all its own.