Long story short, if you have an iPad Pro do yourself a favor and get an Apple Pencil. If you have an older (or non-Pro) model below are all the “dumb” styli I’ve had experience with.
|Apple Pencil||Best stylus I’ve used hands down. Paired with an iPad Pro it’s the closest thing to drawing on paper I’ve experienced.|
|Pencil by FiftyThree||Super reliable, well designed, and long battery life. Tips have a tendency to tare quickly, but they’re replaceable so its not the end of the world.|
|Ten One Design Pogo Connect||Connectivity issues and hardware flaws were maddening to deal with. If you ignore both of those problems apps having pressure sensitive support performed well.|
|LunaTik Alloy Touch Pen||My trusted sidekick for a long long time. Tip (not replaceable) took some serious abuse and kept on licking. Has a refillable roller ball pen if you need a traditional writing instrument.|
|Just-Mobile AluPen||Lasted me a few months before wearing out. Nice solid construction. Tips aren’t replaceable.|
|ZEN 3 in 1||Precision disc tip dead on arrival so I couldn’t test that. Rubber nib seems well made and slightly smaller than others giving a bit more precision to your draws.|
|Chalkee Series Kids Stylus||Good for kids with small hands. Tip isn’t replaceable and wears out quickly.|
|Universal Touch Screen Pen||Cheap, small, light, and pretty crappy. Comes in a 3 pack that are good as backup styli.|
The first iPad stylus I purchased was a Just-Mobile AluPen and used it for quite some time before the rubber tip wore out. Following it I ended up with a LunaTik Alloy Touch Pen after winning one in an art competition.
I really like the Touch Pen because it’s built to last. The tip isn’t a squishy rubber nib like many others and is super durable. I’ve drawn close to 400 portraits with it and it works just as flawless as the day I got it. I’d still be using it if I hadn’t been lured over to the dark-side of Bluetooth styli.
Speaking of Bluetooth styli, prior to Apple Pencil, FiftyThree’s Pencil was my go to when using Paper. Before that, I was all about the Pogo Connect Smart Pen even though it was a piece of crap.