One of the drawbacks of the capacitive screens we find on so many new devices is that a traditional stylus will not work. There are styli that work on these new screens but I haven’t found many that work well. Here are two of the offerings from Adonit – The Pro and Mini.
The key feature on Adonit Jot series styli is a clear conductive disk instead of the traditional rubber tip. It is mounted on a ball that lets the disk rotate any way you turn it, and you can lean it up to a 45 degree angle. I have found that this is more than adequate for most types of drawings, and excellent for writing notes.
Procreate, use this in their apps.
I have two versions in Adonit’s line up. The Pro is almost the length of a regular pen, and a little bit bigger around than your normal pens. It has a rubber grip area and comes in four colors – red, blue, gray, and silver. I actually bought the pro to get the gray color as you can’t get silver or gray until you spring for the higher price pro version. It has a cap on the end that keeps the tip protected when you aren’t using it, and the cap will screw to the other end of the pen so you don’t lose it when you are using it. There are magnets in it that keep it from rolling off your ipad screen, but that’s all they do. They are not secure enough for a method of transport. I have noticed Adonit has updated this version with a spring loaded tip to simulate the feel of an actual ball point pen and quiet down taps. I will put one of these on my Christmas list.
The Mini is much smaller. Its just barely long enough to where you can hold it like a regular pen, and its about the same size around as a regular bic pen. It also has a protective cap that screws on either end. The disk is a fraction smaller than the pro, but I have not noticed a difference in performance. The mini comes in four colors as well, but only fruity ones. The mini also has a cut out on the end that supposed to be used to clip it to something, but I have not found it very useful. The clip just does not work that well and when you clip it on things it won’t really lay down flat.
this, but it is only temporary. Adonit sells new disks, but at $6 bucks a pop, plus shipping, it can be expensive to replace. There is also not a model with a decent clip on it. I got the mini because it appears to have a clip, but I didn’t find it very practical in most situations. The mini will fit in quite nicely in your pocket though. I also lost the cap to my pro, but that is no fault of Adonit. It’s another $8 to replace it.
All in all, this is by far the best stylus I have used. Yes, the disk wearing out, the clip not working that well, and the cost of replacement parts are a bummer. The performance however, is still worth the cost. Its the difference between finger painting and drawing with a fine pen. Finding a proper drawing utensil for capacitive screens can leave you with a fuzzy dilemma, but the Jots from Adonit are clearly the best.