While Apple fanboys laugh about the use of stylus on tablets, some of them probably have bought a stylus for their own iPad to harness optimal usage of certain apps like Paper for iPad and Draw Something.
And we are not talking about a minority of iPad users. Best Buy sold out of styli for iPad at one time, while Amazon’s in-house stylus ranked #1 among the retailer’s most sought-after tablet accessories—ahead of smart covers, screen protectors, cases, and stands.
For months, The Verge reviewed several iPad styli in the market and graded them on a scale of 1 through 10. We have listed the top 5 on their list; you can check the rest of them, totaling to 20, at the source link.
Sensu Brush, 8.5 – This stylus has something other styli do not: beneath that rubber tip is a brush head to simulate painting on your tablet, as well as for faster shading or background filling. Using the brush head, however, requires a bit of skill since the iPad recognizes a touch input as a circular mark and not a brush stroke. The rubber cap can be attached to the other side, extending the Sensu further while giving a reversible function. With its novelty, it is understandable why the Sensu Brush costs $39.99.
LYNKtec TruGlide, 8.5 – The TruGlide stay true to its name as this stylus glides across the screen thanks to its unusual microfiber tip. It is arguably the most conductive stylus in the market. “(The tip) looks like steel wool, but feels as soft as a t-shirt,” wrote reviewer Ellis Hamburger. “It’s an odd feeling—the TruGlide exhibits almost zero resistance from the screen, which is ideal for games like Fruit Ninja or for watercoloring on screen.” Its microfiber tip also makes TruGlide way more durable than the rubber tips of other styli. The only bad thing about the TruGlide is its really tight clip on the side; it is best not to store it on your pocket. Costs $15.95.
Adonit Jot Pro, 8.5 – This stylus looks like an industrial tool. The aluminum and steel body comes with a plastic disc on one of its tip, which helps the Adonit Jot Pro glide across the iPad’s surface. The other tip has a screw-off cap that covers the fragile plastic tip when not in use. It also comes with a rubber grip and internal magnets that makes the stylus stick to the top of your iPad for storage. The Adonit Jot Pro is ideal for precise writing and drawing. The plastic disc, which is replaceable when broken, enables you to look into the exact point where the stylus hits the screen. The stylus works on almost every direction and angle. It even makes an audible tap on the screen whenever you press it down. Costs $29.99.
Wacom Bamboo, 8.6 – The Wacom Bamboo is the stylus of choice of the company behind Paper app itself and is hailed as one of the best stylus for the iPad. The Bamboo has more girth and less length than your average ballpoint pen, plus its rubber tip is smaller compared to other styli, making it a very agile tool. While its rubber tip may not provide the same “pen feel” while writing, it is arguably the most precise and “most predictable” in the market. It is going to cost you, though, at under $30.
Applydea Maglus, 9.0 – An awkward name, an even more awkward grip, but The Verge declares Applydea Maglus (pictured) as the best iPad stylus there is. It is shaped like a carpenter’s pencil, with two flat sides and two rounded edges, which makes you hold the flat sides like you are pinching. Nevertheless, “it performs better than any other stylus” Hamburger has tested. The rubber tip combines firmness with very high sensitivity. It does not require much exertion when using this stylus on the iPad. The firm rubber tip, however, produces rigid (although more accurate) lines. It also comes with magnets inside so it clings nicely on the tablet’s sides, even with a Smart cover. Costs 20 euros (about $26).
Source: The Verge