Got an iPad? Get a styIus (Part 2)

3/26/2012 6:00:26 PM

Got an iPad? Get a styIus (Part 2)

Just Mobile AluPen

Company Just MobiIe    Price $24.95

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The Danish-designed, Taiwan-manufactured AluPen from Just Mobile is an iPad stylus that looks like an oversized, stubby pencil. That’s no bad thing, though: the chunky aluminium body makes for a comfy fit in almost any hand (providing you’re not working in chilly conditions, when it can feel like ice).

Nicely weighted, the nib is of the soft and spongy type that responds well to the iPad’s LED screen. All mark making, and drawing in particular, feels tactile and pleasurable, and at times almost effortless. The AluPen is also a pleasant object to hold and rotate when waiting for those moments of inspiration to arrive.

Build quality is good, and the nib doesn’t look like it will drop off or rot. Just Mobile doesn’t make the cheapest styluses on the market but they are built to last, and likely to survive the life span of an iPad,

Sadly For those hoping to get double or triple use from the AluPen, it’s a tad too chunky For the iPhone or iPod touch. If you want a stylus that will suit all or your iOS devices, look elsewhere.

Just Mobile has a won a number of significant design awards, and the Alu Pen makes it easy to see why. Well built, nicely designed and available in a choice of appealing colours, the AluPen Is an excellent choice For iPad users looking to get creative.

The Skinny

Likes: Nicely tactile Feel; responsive rubberised nib: solid and sturdy build; choice of attractive colours;

supplied with leather case for storage and travel

Dislikes: All -aluminium body gets painfully cold when working in chilly conditions; thickset body makes it unsuitable for iPhone or iPod; not cheap.


Just Mobile AluPen Pro

Company Just Mobile   price $39.95


The AluPen Pro from the award-winning Just Mobile team brings together two solutions in one pen. It’s a classy Biro and, with a flip, an iPad stylus. Made from sleek and tactile aluminium and complete with Pelikan ballpoint refill, spare rubber nib, leather case and Apple- like stickers, it looks the part.

The AluPen Pro performs well: the ballpoint pen is comfortable to use, tapered to sit well in your grip. At the other end, the soft rubber stylus makes marking on an iPad or any capacitive touchscreen device a pleasurable experience. The rubber tip does feel a little on the soft side, but we were still able to make fairly precise marks on iPad. iPhone and iPod touch.

The AluPen Pro is also nicely weighted — the rubber tip requires little pressure, which makes writing and drawing with the stylus end easier. And as with the Alu Pen above, that attractive aluminium gets chilly in cold environments, so it’s best to wrap the stylus in its leather case when not in use.

The Alu Pen Pro From Just Mobile ticks a lot of boxes. With a look and leel that oozes quality, it also delivers as a traditional pen. That said, it’s a combination that won’t appeal to all, and at a price that’s likely to put off the casual buyer.

The Skinny

Likes Quality Feel and look: good performance both as pen and stylus: classy package includes additional extra rubber nib, carry case and Apple-like stickers

 Dislikes Expensive: we’re not convinced the Biro/iPad stylus hybrid pen has a solid market; quality packaging is also fiddly to open

Rating 4 stars


MediaDevil Magicwand

Company MediaDevil   Price $15

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British-based MediaDevil has made something of a name for itself by selling more than one million screen protectors for devices such as the iPad and iPhone worldwide.

The company has recently started expanding its range of accessories. Among them is the Magicwand, a neat and affordable capacitive touchscreen stylus. Available in a choice of four colours, including the sexy-sounding hot pink, it’s both compact and lightweight enough to carry anywhere. Like many of the styluses already available on the market, the Magicwand uses a rubberised tip for mark making. Results on a range of tasks, both work-related and leisure-based, were fine, and consistently solid.

The Magicwand comes with a useful built-in clip for pocket or storage and a not-so-useful lanyard. The lanyard, which attaches to the earphone socket on your device for safekeeping and ready use, adds little, and indeed we found it to be distracting during the review. Thankfully, it’s easily detached, so you can decide for yourself how useful the lanyard might be for daily use.

The Magicwand is another simple iPad stylus worthy of your attention, that does a fair job with all Apple iOS devices and probably any touchscreen. While we could live without the lanyard, the built-in clip is useful for keeping your stylus safe and close by.

 The skinny

Likes: Responsive rubberised tip; neat and compact, choice of colours; built-in clip; reasonably priced

Dislikes: Lanyard adds little to the overall fell and proved a distraction

Rating 4 stars

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