Do You Need a Stylus on an iPad?

Total Score:  25

Can you use an iPad without a stylus?  The easy answer is yes.  However, there are some advantages to a stylus.  I’m currently testing a product, the elago stylus, and I thought I’d share some thoughts.

I choose the elago slim model.  One of our team members, Keith, had one and gave it high marks, so I thought I would give it a try.

Price Rating = 5      List price $19.99.  Currently on Amazon for $9.99.  It is competitively priced.

Ease of Use Rating = 5      It is pretty much the same action as using a pencil.  Consumer ratings indicate that it is helpful when drawing.  Other comments indicate it can help people with long fingernails or who fat finger keys.

 Readability Rating = 5      The instructions needed for this device were minimal.  The packaging was excellent, allowing the device to arrive without any harm.

 Will You Use It Rating = 3     Depending on each person and apps used, it will be used a lot or occasionally.

 Downsides Rating =  0     The only downside is that it is one more thing to keep track of.  It doesn’t seem fair to actually take any points off for that reason.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4     There are eight reviews on Amazon as of today and they average 4.2 stars.

 Why Do You Need It Rating = 3      It’s handy to have to have a stylus at times.  Again, this depends on how you use your devices.  If you are an artist, it would probably be rated as 5.  As a casual user, you will use it occasionally.

How does it work? 

It’s pretty simple.  You hold the stylus in your hand and use it, instead of your finger, to “click” keys, move between apps or move from side-to-side on the screen.

It just happened that I installed a screen protector on my iPad about the same time I started testing the stylus.  At first it seemed like the friction of the two caused a squeaking noise, but that seems to have faded.

I’ve tried it on the iPhone and iPad and haven’t completely become a fan yet.  It’s just one more thing to keep track of.  Some of the models attach to your device, but I really don’t want a stylus hanging from my phone or iPad.

If you want to see this product in action you can check out this YouTube video.  I’m not an artist (sadly), don’t play the kind of games that require that kind of precision and don’t have long finger nails.  So, for me, at the moment, it is just a novelty.  Who knows, I might learn to love it.  What have your experiences been with a stylus?  Or you a fan?

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