The stylus is back in…well, style. Once the some domain of Palm Pilot jockeys wrestling with Graffiti shorthand text entry, styli are experiencing a bit of a Renaissance thanks to the proliferation of touch-screen devices large and small, Apple and otherwise. Whether creating an artistic masterpiece on your iPad's paint app, or just signing a credit-card payment with Square on an iPhone, there are simply times when using your fingertip as a surrogate pencil or pen — never mind real pencils or pens! — just won't do.
Gadgeteers elago Design are here to help, in several ways. Way #1: the elago Stylus Retractable. Its soft tip protects the screen as you write, draw, paint, or just doodle; when not in use, the tip's snap-on cover lets you snap the attached cord into your phone or tablet's audio jack for easy transport. Interestingly, it's the non-tip end of the stylus that retracts. So why bother, you might ask? Well, the fully-extended stylus fits your hand more naturally, like a full-size pencil or pen, allowing a more natural writing and drawing style. (Normally US$27.99, but act now and you can grab one of the babies for an absurdly low US$8.99!)
If your space is at a premium, even with the Retractable fully retracted, consider Way #2: the elago Mini Stylus Pen. Short, sweet, and to the point, with the same soft tip and audio-jack holder as its bigger sibling. A bit pricier at US$11.99, but you'll still save eleven bucks over the normal MSRP if you act now.
Check out our hands-on review of both styli below: