I have been thinking of styluses lately (styli?). I think more and more, the ability to also write on the iPad is becoming more important. Whether it is a teacher who wants to demonstrate how to solve an equation in geometry, or simply wanting to highlight a concept on a whiteboard app, or a student who feels more comfortable writing their notes instead of typing.
The problem is the only styluses I have used have been very cheap and hardly work.
An example of me writing with a stylus:
I had to press really hard and it took me a long time. Also, I have an odd, fist-like way of writing (which my mother tried unsuccessfully to cure me of) which doesn’t help.
Writing with my fingers gives the impression that I am a toddler, playing with her mommy’s pens:
The stylus is only a little better. But what if you could have a stylus that feels like a pen in your hand? That reacts to the screen the way an actual pen or pencil reacts to paper? How would that change your use of the iPad? Would I still feel the need to have my paper pad beside me? The thought intrigues me.
Here are a few articles I found reviewing some of the styluses on the market. Unfortunately, the higher end ones are prohibitively expensive. The idea of providing one for each teacher at $75 bucks (at the high end)- $50 bucks (for a decent one) per stylus seems impossible. Still, I am hoping for the day where the use and need for styluses will cause cheaper and just as effective to appear on the market.
What do you think? Do you feel the need for a decent stylus?
The Verge gives the most comprehensive look at the styluses on the market, though it is a little outdated, having been written in April 2012 (though it has been updated a couple of times).
A Review on Wired.com for Pencil, from the makers of Paper and one by Macworld with a slightly different view of the same product.
And finally a more recently penned iPad Stylus Buying Guide on Tech Hive.