Got an iPad? Get a styIus (Part 3)

3/26/2012 6:02:47 PM

Got an iPad? Get a styIus (Part 3)

Studio Neat Cosmonaut

Company Studio Neat    Price $25.00

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The Cosmonaut, From US-based Studio Neat, was born out of the desire to create a great stylus that didn’t try to replicate the Feel of pen on paper. The makers say the idea was to feel more like a dry erase marker, which should mean more responsive mark-making on iPad.

Despite concerns about the size and shape, which resemble a child’s large crayon, we were impressed. The Cosmonaut offers a control and precision lacking From slighter, more traditional pen-like options, working well with not only the iPad, but iPhone and iPod touchscreens too.

The all-rubber build is nicely tactile and pleasingly comfortable, and should appeal to anyone who struggles to grip a smaller stylus. The tip is responsive and doesn’t suffer From the soft, rubberised Feel of some rival offerings.

As well as designing, drawing and painting on the iPad, the Cosmonaut produces nicely legible results when it comes to writing. Designed and manufactured in the US. it feels solid and well made, and comes with either a subtle cherry wood or aluminium accent.

The Cosmonaut is a novel-looking stylus, which does a precise job oF mark- making on your lOS device. Ideally suited to more creative pastimes such as doodling, drawing and painting, the Cosmonaut also proves an excellent all - rounder.

The Skinny

Likes: Greater control than we could have everhoped for. considering the size; lovely tactile feet: ideal for creative types; should appeal to small and big kids alike; well made

Dislikes:  Big crayon look won’t be to all tastes: Body appears to attract marks and dirt more easily

Rating 5 stars

Trust Stylus Pen

Company Trust     Price $20

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The 17741 from Trust— also known as simply “Stylus Pen” — does a lair job of meeting varied touchscreen needs. Shorter than your average pen, the stylus has a rubberised tip that interacts with your device without the need For too much pressure. Round and spongy, it produces good results from a range of typical iOS activities, including note taking, gaming and sketching.

Slim and lightweight, the Trust is compact and robust enough to travel just about anywhere.

The Trust stylus is also available in special football themed editions to tie in with Euro 2012 this summer, including a red-and-white option for England fans.

Like many Trust products, the stylus can be found cheaper if you shop around, adding to its potential appeal. Our only quibble is a lack of originality. Several manufacturers are producing similar-looking and feeling styluses, and this isn’t a particularly innovative offering.

The Trust Stylus Pen is a solid if unspectacular choice, and does a fair job as long as your needs aren’t too demanding. Its solid design, backed by a three-year warranty, is good value and won’t disappoint if you’re new to using a stylus.

The skinny

Likes: responsive rubberized tip suit most tasks; compact, solid build; useful pocket clip; three-year warrantee.

Dislikes: Similar to other styluses available in a busy marketplace, football-themed selection may have limited self life.

Rating 4 stars


Wacorn Barnboo Stylus

Company Wacom      URL     Price $34.99

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The Bamboo Stylus Prom Wacom extends the graphics tablet brand to the iPad with some success.

Looking not unlike the stylus bundled with Wacom’s range of pressure-sensitive tablets for creative endeavours, the Bamboo Stylus is well designed and attractive. Available in a sleek black and silver with a satin textured metal body and balanced weighting, the Bamboo feels good in the hand. The makers insist that the rubberised tip of the stylus is 25 per cent slimmer than many rivals, and in practice should mean more precise, controlled mark-marking.

That said, the tip is still on the soft side, which can mean interaction between stylus and iPad is less than ideal. While the tip is replaceable (at a price) user feedback on the Wacom website suggests wear and tear can accumulate quite quickly, especially if you use your iPad to design, draw and paint —Wacom’s specialist areas. That said, during the test period the Bamboo Stylus excelled, and helped create iPad images rich in detail.

Despite concerns about pen nib durability, the Bamboo still appears to be a great choice

for creative iPad users. Stylish and beautifully weighted, the stylus also offers more precise, controlled mark-making thanks to Wacom’s slimmer tip design.

The skinny

Likes   Excellent feel and weight; attractive; overall solid build

Dislikes   Not the cheapest stylus on offer; replacement tips also expensive; rubber tip a little on the soft side and vulnerable to wear and tear

Rating 4 stars


Try out iPad styluses

We are pleased to say all the iPad styluses on test did a lair job of Improving on basic Finger and thumb when working for any length of time with your Apple IOS device. The Incipio Inscribe Stylus. MediaDevil Magicwand and Trust Stylus

Pen are all good, solid all-rounders that do everything pretty well without ever being truly outstanding. These are safe and affordable solutions that have a similar look and feel and should appeal to many.

The iChic Gear Calligrapher and Just Mobile AluPen Pro are hybrids: a traditional pen and an iPad stylus combined. While a potentially useful combination, this may only attract the niche end of the market. The iChic Gear Phantomus is Pun and should appeal to both the young and the young at heart, while Functioning as a decent and simple stylus. The Wacom Bamboo Stylus doesn’t quite live up to the high standards set by Wacoms graphics tablets, but still comes highly recommended.

Finally, the similar-looking Just Mobile AluPen and Studio Neat Cosmonaut are both excellent choices, but the Cosmonaut is our clear winner, thanks to its comfortable feel and weight. precision and control. It feels like a real evolution, rather than just a substitute bra traditional pen.

Out ol this world The Cosmonaut From Studio Neat wins for being a great stylus — not just a pen for the iPad

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