I'm taking a break from app reviews today to take a closer look at something that can help you use some of your apps. The stylus. I know I've been taking a lot of breaks in general lately, but it's been doctor's orders and I do apologize. That aside, let's get started looking at the best stylus to use for each situation.
Using a stylus is really personal preference. It also depends on what you are doing. Sometimes using a stylus is great for just flicking around pages and scrolling on the Internet. Sometimes using a stylus is the best option for writing handwritten notes in certain apps. And, sometimes using a stylus can help you create beautiful art.
This was supposed to be a top 5 stylus roundup, as you can see in the picture above. However, the Acar stylus does not appear to be for sale anywhere right now. These things do come and go, and apparently the Acar went.
So, here is my roundup of 4 of my favorite stylus'.
The Maglus just came in the mail today, but it is becoming a fast friend. It is The Verge's top pick of all stylus' in their updated roundup.
The Maglus has a very unique shape which could make it difficult for some people to hold. But, if you hold a pen in the “normal” way, The Verge says you will be able to use the Maglus with no problem. I don't hold a pen in the “normal” way, and I still have no problem using the flat-sided Maglus.
The Maglus comes in a tube wrapped in a microfiber cloth that you can use to clean your iPad's screen. It also comes with 1 replacement tip in a handy metal keychain container that is easy to keep around for when it is needed.
Two of the flat sides have rubber on them, making it easy to grip the Maglus. Hidden inside the rubber sides are strong magnets that allow you to place your Maglus stylus on your iPad's frame (front, back, on top of a smartcover, wherever) and it sticks like glue, as you can see in the picture above. Careful where you store the Maglus, though. The magnets could wipe your credit cards or screw up other things, like hard drives.
The reason The Verge picked the Maglus as top all-around best stylus is for its ultra sensitive and accurate rubber tip. It is very precise, making it great for writing, but not so great for art.
Buying the Maglus is a little difficult. It is not available through Amazon. The Maglus developers, Applydea, do have a website and store where you can purchase the Maglus stylus. You can use PayPal to purchase the stylus through their store or use a credit card. The price is in Euros, but it equals out to about $30 with delivery.
The Maglus is a solid and practical stylus. It feels well made and well worth the price.
My next favorite stylus is the Bamboo Solo. This was The Verge's top pick last year in their roundup and it still holds up as one of their favorites.
I bought the Bamboo when it first arrived on the scene and was only available in black. It now comes in many colors and their are other styles of the Bamboo as well.
At just under $30, the Bamboo Solo, made by Wacom, is another pricey stylus, but it is well worth it. It has one of the smallest tips on available and the tip is replaceable. I just bought 4 replacement tips on Amazon for $1 a piece. The Bamboo Solo itself is also available to buy through Amazon.com. The link takes you to the black Bamboo Solo. To find other colors, just search Amazon for “Bamboo stylus.”
Wow, in adding that link to Amazon, I just saw that it is on sale through Amazon for only $17. What a deal!
The small, accurate tip is the killer feature on the Bamboo Solo. I like that everything is removeable. You can even take off the clip at the top. And, it feels substantial in your hand. The tip is mushier than the Maglus, which makes it better for painting and other artistic endeavors.
My next favorite stylus has to be the Kuel H10. It has gone through some changes since I first started buying this series. The first Kuel was slick sided and just different. The current Kuel H10 is the same size as the original, but the sides are made of something rougher that makes it easier to grip this little stylus.
The Kuel H10 has a lot of amazing features. It has the absolute smallest tip available on any stylus. It also has a top that you can use to cover up the tip when you're not using it, making it easy to throw in a pocket or a purse and not worry about ruining the tip. The top does have a loop on it that you can use to tie it to something as well. I looped it through my old Saddleback leather case, which kept it handy at all times.
The last new and pretty cool feature on the Kuel H10 is that the end of it is retractable, making it longer than it used to be if you want to hold it like a regular pen.
The Kuel H10 is available through Amazon.com for about $13, making it a great buy. The link takes you to the black Kuel H10, but it is available in many other colors.
The Kuel H10 is small, but it has an amazingly accurate and precise tip. It is also cheaper than all of the other stylus' in this roundup, but it feels solid and well made.
The last stylus I will recommend today is the TruGlide. The TruGlide sets itself apart from the pack with its very unique tip. It looks liked metal, but it is really a soft microfiber.
The microfiber tip lets you really glide across the screen with absolutely no resistance and no halting or catching that some rubber tips can cause. This makes the TruGlide perfect for surfing through pages and the Internet and also for playing games.
The TruGlide is smaller, a little longer than the Kuel H10, and has no retractable parts to make it longer. But, I have absolutely no problem holding it in my hand (albeit, I have very small hands). It also has an attachment at the end that lets you plug it into the headphone jack so that you can easily keep track of it.
As a tip for holding these smaller stylus', I hold them inside my hand rather than holding them like a pen. I don't know if this will work for you, but I thought I would let you know so you can try it out.
The smaller stylus' are also great if you want to use a stylus on your iPhone. The smaller tips make them a solid alternative. If you have gloves on in the winter, a stylus can really come in handy.
The TruGlide stylus is available for purchase through Amazon.com for about $16, making another great buy. This link takes you to the brushed metal TruGlide, but it is available in other colors if you search.
I haven't had the TruGlide for long, but I love the soft tip and the way that it truly glides across the screen with no resistance and no effort.
That's it for me today. Until later, …