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, I now use FiftyThree’s Pencil about 99% of the time to take advantage of Surface Pressure and Blend features in Paper. Before I upgraded to an iPad Air 2 I was all about the Pogo Connect Smart Pen, but sadly it does not work well with my model of iPad…
iPad Styli Update
Ten One Design has released the Pogo Connect 2, which is essentially the same as the original but with support for the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3. Apple has also entered this space with a stylus of their own that currently only works with an iPad Pro. I haven’t used either yet so I can’t comment on how well they perform, but the Apple Pencil looks mighty tasty .
Here’s a quick reference of all the iPad styli I have experience with:
|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.|
|Universal Touch Screen Pen||Cheap, small, light, and pretty crappy. Comes in a 3 pack that are good as backup styli.|
If you’re a stylus maker and would like me to test out your product feel free to reach out.