We’re suckers for attractive styli here at iSmashPhone.com. While they all perform the same basic function, the ones we gravitate to emphasize form as well as functionality — and, for that matter, don’t forget that you can’t spell “functionality” without F-U-N.
So we definitely got a kick out of iThrough’s “High-Sensitive Hexagonal Stylus Pen“, a/k/a the Abound (US$9.89 for one, with price reductions if you buy in volume, plus free registered airmail shipping). It’s a chunky, aluminum pencil-style drawing device with the traditional soft-nub tip, and comes in black, silver, or red; while the iThrough listing advertises it for first- and second-gen iPad’s, it’ll work just fine with iPhones, iTouches, or any other capacitive-touchscreen device. Not only that, but it looks nice, feels great in the hand, and would make a great conversation piece just sitting on our desk.
Hmm. Where have we heard that before?
Oh yeah…here. Turns out iThrough’s Abound stylus is a dead ringer for the JustMobile AluPen we’ve raved about in the past — only the AluPen, once VAT and DHL shipping from Germany is factored in, will cost you five times more than the iThrough version. Frankly, we’ll take the less-expensive version and use the money we save to get a quality case for our iDevice, thank you very much.