Uncle Steve prefers the finger.
Most of us here at iSmashPhone aren’t fans of styluses with our iDevices–It’s just one more thing to carry around. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t users out there who really do want a stylus for their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. For those folks, we have a few simple solutions. Some are for purchase, while others are DIY projects geared for the truly brave souls who want to make something out of a few materials they may be able to find at home.
Hit the jump for a list of styluses for your favorite iDevice:
1) BoxWave Capacitive iPad Stylus
This is one of the higher-rated styluses for the iPad. It’s about the size of a pen, so that means you won’t have to worry all that much about hand cramps. It doesn’t have a “cheap” look to it, either. Then again, at $15, it’s not all that cheap. Well, if it makes your experience more enjoyable, that’s what counts. This may be the best iPad stylus on the list.
2) Acase Apple iPad Capacitive Stylus
Here’s another stylus with decent ratings on Amazon. It costs a bit less than the BoxWave stylus at just under $12. Most rate it better than the inexpensive, yet fairly popular Pogo stylus (next on our list) and say that the rubber tip slides nicely across the screen. Some do mention that they had to press a little hard to get it to work.
3) Pogo Stylus
The Pogo stylus is fairly well-known. Perhaps it was just luck, or the name Pogo sticks in people’s minds. Either way, it’s very inexpensive at $7, and we’ve read that the tip is much more conductive on these styluses than it is on many of the other available styluses.
4) DIY Free iPad Stylus, Made in 10 Seconds
The guy in this video was able to Macgyver his own iPad / iPhone stylus using nothing but a ballpoint pen, some aluminum foil and some clear adhesive tape. We don’t really encourage this, so you’re on your own if you try it. Still, it’s cheap. Don’t think we’d risk scratching our iPad screen with aluminum foil though, that stuff can be pretty abrasive.
This sylus is pretty interesting. It’s designed with a ring at the tip that allows the user to better see what they are seeing. The setup is definitely more useful to an artist or someone who is using their iPad as a painting tool with software like Brushes for iPad. The hardest thing to get past with this one is the price, the stylus, $37.50. Still, if the $40 price tag doesn’t turn you off, you can order them direct from oStylus: Here.
On iPad Styluses
As we said before, we aren’t big on styluses for our iDevices, but we don’t do anything that requires that sort of precision (such as using painting or drawing-type apps). Still, those users who prefer to use a stylus may enjoy some of the above solutions. Heck, even those who don’t want to pay have a cheap (but low-quality) solution with the DIY sylus.
How do you use your iDevice? Stylus or finger? Let us know in the comments.