December 12, 2011

Stylus – the problem is in the name

Ben Brooks doesn’t seem to have much love for styluses meant for touchscreens, or the iPad in particular. His words:

anyone who owns a stylus for their iPad should have their iPad taken away

If I was inclined to be offended, I would. You see, I recently discovered that JustMobile’s stylus is great for doing design sketches in Sketchbook Pro, and to jot down notes when talking about design with clients. I’m using it more and more, and since I consider myself something of a power user when it comes to the iPad and its possiblities, I just had to point out the obvious.

A lot of these “styluses” meant for touchscreens have very little to do with the styluses of old. Or to put it this way, the iPad styluses are more like felt pens and have very little in common with whatever you got with your old smartphone, your Nintendo DS, or your old school table PC.

That being said, anyone who owns a pen for their iPad and uses it for everything should have their iPad taken away.

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