iPad Stylus used for writing???

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    I use both Penultimate and Noteshelf for notetaking in meetings with Boxwave stylus. Love it. You don't need both of those, one will do, but i downloaded Penultimate first and then read reviews about Noteshelf and tried that and like it as well so i go back and forth which probably isn't the best way to do it.
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    notetaking apps

    I like Penultimate, too. (for a handwriting app) I also use Pages a bit - though it's more than you need for simple note taking - but I have it for other things and make use of it for that as well. I have Notify and Nebulous Lite and of those I kind of like Nebulous. I haven't used it enough yet to see if I'd want the upgrade, paid version. I find a lot of free apps do what I need them to do without having to upgrade.

    I know Evernote is popular, and I have that - frankly I don't use it all that much, but I do think it has a simple to use interface.

    For quick notes to myself on my phone I just the Note app that came with it and it does well for lists of things I need to remember or refer back to later.
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    I really have to put in a plug for my favorite note taking app---Note Taker HD. I have tried all of them, and always come back to this one.

    I am still on the quest for the best stylus. Just ordered the e-faraday, and am looking forward to trying it out. Most are too short for handwriting. The stylus-R-us is long enough, but the point material compresses and loses effectiveness after a while. The best thus far are the Alu pen and the Targus, but they are too short. Dagi doesn't work for me.

    I even tried making my own from conductive foam. Worked great at first, but began to fail after a while (fiber compression?).

    Good luck.
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    I'm using SmartNote and have ordered the Faraday stylus set. I've tried all the other stylus' out there with little success.
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    You do know that you're not supposed to press down when you use the stylus-r-us styli, right? I barely have to touch it to the touch screen and it works fantastic! They also sent a small piece of velcro with the stylus and if the stylus starts to become less effective or you have to wash the tip, you're supposed to lightly roll the tip once over the velcro and it's supposed to be like new again. Since my styli is new, I have yet to try it but I have heard that it works. Anyway, if your stylus-r-us stylus tip has become compressed, you probably pressed too hard on it. Like I said, all I had to do was BARELY touch it to the screen and it worked. Of course, I had to remove my screen protector because it wouldn't work over the screen protector - but neither would my other styli (I have a boxwave and I also tried the ifaraday). My screen protector must be too thick or something...
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    eFaraday

    Looking forward to see what you think of the eFaraday stylus! Let us know what you think of it. I'm on the verge of ordering one or the artist set of three for $45 - they each have a different tip. I'm very curious about them.


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    Dieverdog: I ordered the same set! We'll have to compare notes when we've had a chance to try them out.

    China_Cat84: Yes, I have been very active in the thread on the Stylus-R-Us products. If you will check there or have a look at the thread I started in which I compared several, you will see my reactions to the compression issue: yes, I'm sure that if one presses lightly enough the tip material will not compress. Probably for you and many others that works fine; for me, however, it is an extremely unnatural writing style. As I do write a lot, it becomes pretty tedious after a while.
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    waiting for the wacom bamboo stylus to get back in stock: Bamboo Stylus
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    Yeah, I see how that could be a problem. For me, writing on the iPad with a light touch is more natural because I'm paranoid about marring the naked screen...as I can't find a screen protector that works well with the stylus r us styli. I currently use the stylus r us styli for handwritten notes and an acase styli for other tasks. I hate the acase fir handwriting/drawing - it requires too much pressure and makes my hand hurt. I also don't care for the squishy tip - feels like I'm writing with a mini rubber ball. Wish there was some way they could replicate a felt tip marker or something...something that I more familiar writing with...pretty sure they can't replicate a mechanical pencil or pen, due to the writing surface needed. I guess the stylus r us is the closest I'm going to get. It does work pretty well for me. I'm thinking about putting a barrel grip on it though - the kind kids put on pencils - to add some thickness and padding. I have really small hands - even for a woman - but the barrel is still a little small and slick for my tastes...
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    As I posted on another tread, this one looks good---enough for me to give it a try.
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    As I wrote on another thread of the topic, you should add Just Mobile's Alupent. Anyone tried it? It looks like a big crayon but has good weight, feel. 2 thumbs up From me for best stylus.
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    Yes, I have an Alupen. It feels good in the hand, but is somewhat short and the (rubber) tip isn't all that great as far as tactile feedback is concerned. Probably an individual preference issue---.
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    I have the iFaraday SALT stylus. LOVE it.
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    Has anyone tried out the Kensington Virtuoso stylus pen? It's only $15 but has pretty rad reviews.
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    I've used a range of rubber tip styluses so far, started with a Griffin stylus which I found a bit too thin and light, and not very responsive. Since then I've had he Wacom Bamboo stylus which feels awesome in the hand, really solid and well balanced, just like a real pen. It's also pretty responsive with a relatively small tip (which is replaceable). My big issue with it has been the fact that the rubber tip is a bit too 'squashy' for my liking. Basically it compresses too much which means that you end up with a relatively large surface area in contact with the screen which can reduce accuracy. I'm planning to try and fix this by inserting some rubber inside the hollow tip, but am not sure if it'll work.

    I've also recently tried the 3M Smart Pen stylus. This is smaller than the Wacom and lighter, but still feels solid and is well built. This pen has a hard rubber nib, within a traditional squishy rubber tip, which means that you have to press the tip in a few mm to make contact with the solid nib, but once you do it's a really responsive pen. Not sure which one I like best, but keen to try the tru glide and stylus r us which both look great.
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    I forgot to add that I use a Matt finish screen protector (Power Support HD Antiglare) and I find that this greatly reduced friction when compared to writing on the glass or a shiny screen protector, which also enhances writing with a stylus.
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    I'm a bit of a stylus junkie, I use handwriting apps daily on my iPad so I'm always on the look out for something that will work comfortably and beatifully with my writing style and my iPad.

    iFaraday RxII - absolutely love this stylus, this is always with me and is used daily, great feel in my hand, love the tip which is made out of a cloth material and it seems to be filled (not hollow like many others) so you don't have to apply too much pressure at all, absolute LOVE this stylus ... iFaraday Store

    Adonit Pro - this is the only stylus I'll put my iFaraday down for, this is EXCELLENT for handwriting ... fine tip that you can see, my handwriting looks 'normal' when I use this, very precise and very comfortable to use, LOVE this stylus too but just for handwriting purpose (which I do a lot of) Jot Pro | Adonit - Jot iPad Stylus, Writer iPad keyboardAdonit – Jot iPad Stylus, Writer iPad keyboard

    Alupen - this is always with me also but I don't pull it out much, this is a rubber type tip, chunky in your hand and I like it, great weight to it, I'll go to this one if my hand needs a break or if I'm playing games etc, I have nothing against this stylus at all actually love it too ... just not my go-to for my grown-up/work use Just Mobile Xtand - Stand for iPhone / iPod touch / MacBook

    SecondShells - I just purchased this one with hopes that I would love it but not so much ... nano-fabric tip but it seems hollow which makes me have to apply more pressure than what I want to apply and it makes it a slightly uncomfortable thing, it's small and compact, has a nifty clip and you have the option to click the stylus 'shut' so the tip isn't exposed, this one sits on my desk at work just in case I need to grab something quick and I don't have the others just sitting out SecondShells fabric stylus pen' s glides smoothly acrossl touchscreens and enhances your ability to draw, sketch and write on any touch screen

    Good luck on your stylus quest, for handwriting I love my Adonit Pro and the iFaraday!
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    I just ordered the Adonit Jot Pro, can't wait for it to arrive! I like the fact that it is magnetic a lot, so I don't necessarily have to carry it from one meeting to another. All I need right now is to find a good note and drawing app that can handle several projects...

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    I like Penultimate and Noteshelf for managing multiple projects - I've gone over more to Noteshelf, but I think Penultimate might be better for the drawing end of things. I like the color range in Noteshelf and the ability to use various colored highlighters, too. And how you can vary the pen width to anything you want using a slider. It gives you loads of options for organizing your notebooks and you can even combine them into sets which is great.
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    That's funny - I had the exact same experience! Those are my two favorites also & I discovered them the same way.
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