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A Dozen Styli Reviewed by Macworld

Macworld have posted a review and video overview of 12 iPad styli (or styluses), some of which we haven't seen before, along with a few of our favourites. It's not an in-depth video, but it is a nice comparison if you are still on the fence about which stylus to purchase.

A slightly more detailed look at each stylus has been posted at Macworld as a companion to this video. We won't spoil it by telling you the winner. Ultimately though, we have found that you have to hold and use a stylus for a while to see if it really suits the way you work.

Still, not many of us can afford to buy a dozen devices to stab at our touchscreen devices so it is useful to see a comparison like this. Check out the video below and Macworld's post and see what you think. We're off to discuss at length the correct plural term for stylus.

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Reader Comments (8)

Awesome reviews. Exactly what i was looking for.
I'm definitely buying the Kuel! Thanks

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFret

Nice little review, I've had the pleasure (or not in some cases) of owning most of these styli and although many of them use the rubber tips the weight of the holder/handle really affect the way they respond on the screen. Also I found that if a screen protector is used they can affect the stroke by creating too much friction.
Looking forward to getting the Wacom thou (when available) and seeing how they respond.

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShaun Mullen

Very helpfull, I didn't buy a stylus yet so far but wil have a look at the Wacom when it comes out.

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZamzu

Whilst I appreciate the review, I seem to be in a minority in thinking that was terrible video production. It was put together in a style reminiscent of a teenage YouTube post rather than a professional review from a respected blog.

In particular, I would have found it more useful if the reviewer had tested each stylus on the same page in the app, i.e. Draw the face once with each stylus on the same page so that we could compare the brush stroke of each stylus on one page and see them all at the same time.

I was also surprised that there was no mention of using the O stylus, which has a metal contact area, on the iPad screen and whether there was any risk of scratching the screen.

However, there may be more info on the website so I'll have a look there. Sorry if this sounds a bit harsh but I was totally unprepared for that seemingly rushed and chopped-up video.

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterICT Tower

I agree with ICT Tower on this, but nonetheless, the post was still helpful (I found it searching for more info on iPad Stylus ;))

I'm getting a bit concerned by the amount of money I'm spending on top of the initial purchase price, it's like add-on after add-on these days with a lot of the functionality you could expet would be included in the original package (including the stylus)...

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGareth

Thanks everyone for your comments, it would definitely be nice to see a more detailed and direct comparison in the video, but this seems like a roundup post from Macworld rather than an in-depth review.

Still it can cost a lot of money if you keep buying these things and they don't suit you, so your points are well taken.

May 8, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

I've just finished reading the review article itself and found it useful, though more so for people who haven't bought a stylus yet. My sister is awaiting her iPad, after playing with mine and producing her first sketch in Procreate in less than 10 mins, glad I got that after reading about it here! I shall forward this to her.

Personally, I bought the Boxwave stylus which appears to be identical to the Griffin stylus reviewed here. It has a lot of good reviews on Amazon and I'm very happy with it.

I'm a little surprised at the reviewer's recommendation of the Pogo styli as I've only ever read poor reviews of them, not only from consumers but some app creators as well. The foam tip seems to be the main cause of their disatisfaction, the friction, the poor accuracy and even it coming off and leaving exposed metal which scratched a screen. However, I think it really is a matter of personal taste, shame you can't always try them out beforehand.

May 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterICT Tower

@ICT Tower - agreed, we have settled on the Boxwave version of the Griffin stylus and it performs very well.

Good to know you are spreading the iPad love, although it seems to sell itself as soon as someone actually uses it! :-)

May 8, 2011 | Registered CommenteriPad Creative

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