Is this the "norm" with an iPad stylus?

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  1. Videographer

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    I bought a stylus for my iPad 2 at Best Buy this weekend. It's their brand called "Rocketfish". They had another one by Targas (I think it's called), but it was a few dollars more. The BB sales rep said that they are both basically the same. I've never used one before, so I took his word for it. I'm having second thoughts as to perhaps there are indeed differences in these little devices. The tip on mine is a soft rubbery substance, but what I find peculiar is that it's not solid like I thought it would be. You can push the end of the tip right in. Is this normal for the tips on these stylus pens or just the brand that I'm using? It seems to work ok, but then I don't have anything else to compare it with. Like I mentioned, it's ok, but not terribly responsive. You have to use more force than I would with just my finger tip. Could I ask your advice please?

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    I guess you have to decide what u r going to use the stylus primarily for.

    I've bought several styli from cheapo $2 no-brand ones to over $20 branded ones in my search for the best one for writing/note-taking. I even made one myself. All except one has a broad rubber tip which is easily squashed if I press too hard. The one exception has a flat spatula-looking tip made of hard plastic (imagine a smaller version of a dentist's mirror). All of them work perfect for tapping, swiping etc. But not for precise note-taking as the tips are so broad. In fact the harder rubber tips are worse off as they do not glide as smoothly over the screen.

    Only recently, I read that Wacom has launched a Bamboo stylus specially for the iPad. It's smaller and has a pointy tip. Should be better for writing. There was this other unique stylus that looks exactly like a paint brush. Maybe specifically for digital artists...
     
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    I purchased the other one at Best Buy several months ago. There were two versions of the Targas, the one I have also has a pen in it, nice but not necessary.
    Yes the tip is a little soft and hollow, like anything new it takes a little time to get the feel of the stylus. As for responsiveness, once you get the feel of it there should be not problem. It is great for marking up and document (hiliting) or annotating a document. As well as drawing on a document. I would like to see a thinner tip firmer for writing.

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    Interesting. Years ago I owned a Wacom tablet when I did artwork/ad design for a local magazine. I long since got rid of the tablet. I will check out Wacom's stylus.

    Where in Indonesia are you? I visited there about 20 years ago. Stayed in Jakarta. Didn't get a chnace to venture outside of Jakarta as I ended up with a good case, of what one refers to here as . . . "Montezuma's Revenge". I thought I was going to die. I did enjoy my time there, other than the time I was on my back that is. I loved the people and the food. Wherever I went, people wanted me to pose with their family for a picture. And the kids? Well that is another story. I never seen so many well behaved, pleasant and respectful children. I hope it hasn't changed.
     
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    I'm glad to here that the hollow point is normal. Perhaps I will spend a little time getting used to what I have. It's seems to be built nice with a chrome finish. I'm going to check out a stylus by Wacom that another poster suggested. It might be handy for writing and drawing.
     
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    I have an Ozaki stylus. Its rubber (?) tip seems solid.
     
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    I have tested quite a few styluses for the iPad and can recommend one tht stands out from all the others for handwriting: the iFaraday. Don't know about drawing or just punching virtual buttons---.
     
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    I made one with a lead holder that drafters use and conductive foam. I stuck a q-tip tick inside the foam so that it has a firmer tip and the lead holder holds onto the stick end. I love it. It works really well.
     
  9. Cywa

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    The new Wacom Bamboo stylus is different from the ones they made for tablet PCs running Windows Tablet PC OS. Those don't work on the iPad because they are not conductive. In fact they need special drivers to run. I tried on the iPad and an iPad-clone running Win7. Both didn't work... :(

    I'm in Jakarta. 20 years ago huh? That's a lifetime ago... Indonesia has changed drastically since then... Call it globalization. "Bule's" (Caucasians) are much more common now, and nobody would pester you anymore for photos... But the people are still friendly (overall) and the food is still good!
     
  10. Videographer

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    Shame about the Wacom.

    I am happy to hear that some things have not changed in Jakarta (friendly people and the great food). I do miss my time spent there, but now that I'm on a fixed income I doubt whether I will be venturing back. At least I have good memories.
     

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