The Best Stylus Pens for the iPad

by Spanner Spencer

Despite having a very responsive touchscreen that can detect up to 10 simultaneous points of contact, the iPad isn't equipped to use a standard PDA stylus. Several manufacturers have released forms of stylus that can mimic the human finger, allowing you to operate the touchscreen when wearing gloves or long nails, but choosing the right one for your application is important before making a purchase.

Pogo Pen

Pogo released a pen-sized version of its iPhone Sketch stylus for the iPad. Using a soft, rounded tip, the Pogo Stylus moves easily across the iPad's screen but doesn't offer much more accuracy than a finger due to its shape.

DAGi Stylus Pen

This stylus is very different from soft-tip models, and uses a thin, transparent plastic plate to make contact with the screen. A red dot is positioned in the center of the plate to highlight the point of contact. The DAGi takes a little getting used to as it must be held in a specific orientation to allow the plate to make contact with the touchscreen, but offers the greatest accuracy because of its transparent tip.

Modern-Tech Capacitive Stylus

Although long and light, making it easier to hold, the Modern-Tech Capacitive Stylus has a soft tip that's very shallow. A little too much pressure on the stylus and the metal body of the pen can make contact with the iPad's screen.

BoxWave Capacitive iPad Stylus

Another soft-tip stylus, the BoxWave features a bigger, sturdier body. Its shape and weight is very similar to a pen, making it a good choice for users with larger hands or those who tend to apply more pressure when writing.

About the Author

Spanner Spencer has been writing since 2005 for a variety of print and online publications. Focusing on entertainment, gaming and technology, his work has been published by, "The Escapist," "GamesTM," "Retro Gamer," "Empire," "Total PC Gaming" "The Guardian," among others. Spencer is a qualified medical electronics engineer with a Business and Technology Education Council certificate in technical writing from Huddersfield Technical College.

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