Handy Tablet Styluses to Boost Your CreativityApril 7th, 2012
Whether you’re sick of getting fingerprints all over your iPad or you want to get seriously creative, try a stylus for your tablet:
Most of the gadgets are compatible with nearly any capacitive touchscreen, so you don’t necessarily have to own the latest and greatest iPad.
By Stephanie Buck, Mashable. For full details, please click here
Jon Mitchell (RWW) provides in his article an interesting example of user experience:
The iPad Isn’t Ready for Working by Hand
Last week’s release of Paper for iPad was a huge boon to the cottage industry of third-party iPad styluses. It was hardly the first app for drawing or writing directly on the screen of an iOS device, but it struck a chord. It was just the right blend of skeuomorphic real-world design and familiar iOS gestures. I had never even considered a stylus before, but this seemed like my chance.
I travel the Internet in fairly Apple-obsessed early-adopter circles, so I went with the stylus I’d seen recommended most often: the Cosmonaut by Studio Neat. Studio Neat made the Glif camera mount, one of the most celebrated iPhone peripherals around, so it seemed like a safe bet.
The Cosmonaut arrived in short order in spartan, Space Race packaging. It’s fairly wide to hold like a pen. It’s black, grippy and dense, the exact same length as an iPhone. The business end exhibits the capacitive properties the touch screen requires: a soft touch that gives way gradually to pressure, just like a fingertip, but more precise.
I quickly found to my surprise that the stylus is a satisfying cursor for normal iOS activity. Launching apps, tapping around, pull-to-refresh, all the usual finger gestures felt pleasantly precise and snappy with the stylus. That’s not its intended use, of course, but it’s an enjoyable way to change up one’s routine.
Unfortunately, it got frustrating as I tried to use the stylus for its real purpose. I am no gifted draftsman, but I found the stylus rather blunt and imprecise in my drawing forays using Paper. There’s no question it was more accurate than the finger. Drawing with a finger on a glass screen feels clumsy and dully painful. But the stylus didn’t feel like much of anything.
Since writing is my actual trade, I decided to give handwriting a shot. I was not thrilled with the results. It’s very difficult to write small enough using this stylus, but perhaps the wide grip is the problem. There may be better styluses for writing on the iPad, and I’d happily take recommendations.
The Cosmonaut was still vastly better than writing with the tip of my index finger.
Writing and drawing depend on physical feedback, and the glass provides none. The abstraction is there when we touch the iPad with our fingers, too. There’s no feedback at all, so the software creates illusions of feedback with sounds and images. Those are less compelling with a stylus rather than hands directly on the glass. But don’t blame the stylus. A flat slate of glass is not a tactile work environment. It’s great for abstract work, but not for real handiwork.