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I'm interested to hear if anyone is using a stylus with their Android tablet (particularly the Nexus 7), primarily for occasional freehand drawing.

I've been doing a bit of research... the occasional use aspect limits the amount i'm willing to spend, so i'm looking for good price v performance.

Top options thus far seem to be...
  • Kensington Virtuoso Touch Screen Stylus and Pen @ £11.84 - Amazon link
  • elago Stylus Ball @ £14.99 - Amazon link
These are both the real-pen-equipped versions, I figured since you're carrying it around, you may as well improve the utility since it doesn't add a lot to the cost.

Thoughts / feedback / input welcome! :)

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Rubber stylii? Don't do it! They're horrible! I strongly recommend getting a micro-fibre one.

This is the el-cheapo one I bought, and it's many many times better than any rubber stylus I've ever used. Deceptively good for the price:
http://www.amazon.co...ils_o03_s00_i00

Edited by my_big_feet, 25 July 2012 - 12:48 PM.

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I got a £10 stylus from a branch of Clas Ohlson:

http://www.clasohlso...lus/Pr384285000

I've been pretty happy with it - it works fine for drawing in Draw Something and Autodesk SketchBook - I can draw much more accurately with that than I ever could with my fingers!

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I have an Adonit Jot Pro (http://adonit.net/product/jot-pro/) which I got about 4 or 5 months ago to use with my (at the time) ASUS Transformer Prime, for note taking & drawing. At that time it seemed to be the best of the best (according to the numerous reviews I read and viewed online) and I definitely give them a thumbs up as they work great.
I'd go for the normal one, not Pro (only difference is the Pro is magnetized!), which will save you about £5. I got my Pro one from eBay for about £25, think you can get teh standard Adonit Jot's for about £15 :)

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Rubber stylii? Don't do it! They're horrible! I strongly recommend getting a micro-fibre one.

This is the el-cheapo one I bought, and it's many many times better than any rubber stylus I've ever used. Deceptively good for the price:
http://www.amazon.co...ils_o03_s00_i00

Hmm, I used a fibre one and didn't like it!

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Has anyone used the Wacom Bamboo Stylus with it?

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I guess it's similar to most of the cheap ones but I've heard good things about this one and I'd expect it to be a decent feeling stylus for £20-25!

Btw has anyone used the app 'Markers' with a stylus? it has the 'pressure' sensitive touch which is taken from how much area of the finger is on the screen. It works perfect with just a finger but I wanted a stylus to actually be able to sketch/draw with it.

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Hmm, I used a fibre one and didn't like it!

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I've been using both at different times, and they both work under different circumstances. I tend to prefer the micro-fibre type, because it's less 'sticky' with my screen protector - but the rubber ones seem to be more 'sensitive' on the screen. So, for handwriting recognition when taking notes (on iPad with screen saver) I use micro-fibre because of the speed of writing. For general use when browsing or playing games (if I'm not using my finger to touch the screen) then I prefer rubber - selecting hyperlinks etc seems to be that bit more responsive.

None of this is scientific, so YMMV - just my subjective preferences.

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I have been looking for styli too to accompany my nexus 7 more especially for class note taking. Does anyone know any good accompanying app i.e. handwriting app that works like supernote as well?

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I have been looking for styli too to accompany my nexus 7 more especially for class note taking. Does anyone know any good accompanying app i.e. handwriting app that works like supernote as well?


I'm using this: https://play.google....HBhcHlydXMiXQ..

Dead easy to use, loads of features and can even export as pdf and email/save to Google Drive/Dropbox, etc.
+ it's a free app :)

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I'm using this: https://play.google....HBhcHlydXMiXQ..

Dead easy to use, loads of features and can even export as pdf and email/save to Google Drive/Dropbox, etc.
+ it's a free app :)


Yay Thank you so much!! Would officially love you if you told me what stylus you use? :P

Also do the written notes auto align and resize the words unless a gesture is made to start a new paragraph? I can't exactly stand making huge notes

Edited by UnbelievablyScrewed, 26 July 2012 - 05:36 PM.

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Here's a link to an app that I think is worth considering. Was last updated today and has only had 9 users. Unfortunately I don't have the space on my phone for it.

https://play.google....S5nb29nbGUiXQ..

What do you lot think?

Edit:

Purchased it and it works great! With the minor exception of lacking sharing options, I think it's the best handwriting app out there. There's a lot of customisation options and the learning curve is not too high. Students out there, check it out :D

Edited by UnbelievablyScrewed, 30 July 2012 - 08:02 AM.

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Got these http://www.amazon.co...ils_o02_s00_i00, immensely cheap, but they work ok.

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Rubber stylii? Don't do it! They're horrible! I strongly recommend getting a micro-fibre one.

This is the el-cheapo one I bought, and it's many many times better than any rubber stylus I've ever used. Deceptively good for the price:
http://www.amazon.co...ils_o03_s00_i00

I got that one.much prefer it to the rubber :-) x

Edited by trishmac, 30 July 2012 - 04:10 PM.

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Got a twin pack from poundland works like a charm

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I've gone completely overboard and ordered a Jot touch pressure sensitive stylus for my iPad. I have a few of the supported apps for it on the iPad and hope to have a few for my Nexus 7 when they get around to releasing the Android SDK. Its a lot of money just for a stylus but I hope its worth it in the end.

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^^ ouch! just looked at the price of that! i bet it's dead accurate tho..or should be! ;) x

actually, that was the bluetooth version..phew! lol :blush:

Edited by trishmac, 17 August 2012 - 10:27 AM.

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^^ ouch! just looked at the price of that! i bet it's dead accurate tho..or should be! ;) x

actually, that was the bluetooth version..phew! lol :blush:

I did say I'd gone a overboard, its the bluetooth version I've bought :wacko:. I was thinking of getting one of the cheaper versions without the pressure sensitivity, but I know that a few weeks/months down the line I'd be wishing I gone for the more expensive option; so I figured I'd save £20 or £30 and just buy it now.

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I did say I'd gone a overboard, its the bluetooth version I've bought :wacko:. I was thinking of getting one of the cheaper versions without the pressure sensitivity, but I know that a few weeks/months down the line I'd be wishing I gone for the more expensive option; so I figured I'd save £20 or £30 and just buy it now.


Actually that makes a lot of sense to me. ^_^ .I've had to do the 'double purchase' on more than one occasion.. :unsure: I've since given in to the inner geekness :D
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Got a twin pack from poundland works like a charm


Correct, terrific stylus and clips into my Nexus 7 case perfectly. An absolute steal at a 1£ !!

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The bamboo ones in PC World/Curry's etc, are crap apparently (as well as far to expensive), the tips disintegrate!

The iwantit ones are ok, but the proporta ones are also pretty bad.

(This comes from a few iPad users I know, so it *might* be a specific to them, but doubt it)

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