The iFaraday Stylus---A Review

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by Heaviside, May 30, 2011.

  1. stever

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    We'll, no. Re--re-read the quote

    1. Maybe your confusion is that you don't realize that the Jots are not an iFaraday product. It was the Jots that had the registration problems for him at his writing angle. So he went back to iFaraday.

    2. Smudges? If you read the response before yours, or earlier in the thread, the smudges were only a temporary accident in the a manufacturing run, and iFaraday has been extremely quick to replace those for the people who got those in error.


    I have StylusRUs and iFaraday stylii, and like them both.
    But let's not jump off a cliff about 5-cent pocket clips you can replace at any office supply. They are both pretty darn good products.

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  2. jc0045

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    It's not that they are THAT bad, but any skipped spot in a letter or word in the write pad OCR pretty much kills the word. If I was just annotating and printing, it wouldn't be unlegible to me. Just curious, for printing, do you prefer the jot or ifarady? Id be pretty shocked if anyone preferred the jot, but then again, I've only used it on OCR programs when printing.
     
  3. Heaviside

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    I understood that you are using ocr, but it hadn't occurred to me that skipping might have a disasterous effect on it. But I can certainly see now that it would.

    As of now, I almost exclusively use the Jot, but after reading the recent postings made by you and jsh1120, I picked up my iFaraday again for another comparison. It does flow more smoothly across the virtual page, but I have an even greater problem with it than with the Jot if I hold it at a (more natural for me!) shallow angle. If I do, it skips even more than the Jot because of contact between barrel and screen. And it really can't provide the precision of the Jot.

    I am thinking I might try the iFaraday "Low Writing Angle" model now. Has anyone else tried it?
     
  4. jsh1120

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    I haven't tried that version. Mainly because I don't have the same problem you report. But the bulging tip appears as if it would solve your problem. Out of curiosity, do you have the "extra firm" tip on your iFaraday stylus? I do. If you don't perhaps that's the reason you have the problem and I don't. Otherwise, it might be your overwhelming super-strength that you have trouble controlling as you write. :D
     
  5. Heaviside

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    I just looked over the iFaraday website again. I thought about what you said about firmness of the tip and decided that the shallow angle model isn't appropriate for me because it is also advertised as "light touch". So I kinda wiped out and ordered the "Rx," which is touted as a handwriting tool for medicos. There is a nonconductive end collar just above the tip which is supposed to prevent electrical contact with the screen at low angles. It also has a cap and a clip. I am anxious to see if it provides stiff competition with the Jot......?
     
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    I have the RX. Ordered it after I had received the "Artist" model. Works relatively well. "Fatter" than the Artist and feels more like a fountain pen. However, it is very lightweight compared to the Jot Pro, for example. Sent an email to Rustle (at iFaraday) indicating that I'd like to have a bit more "heft." He responded that making it heavier wasn't a problem; he was trying to make it as light as possible. So I think we just differ in terms of objectives. The RX model does have a cap that screws on the stylus end. Not nearly as classy as the Jot Pro, but at least it keeps the tip from picking up stuff when it's lying around.

    Comparing the "height" of the tip on the Artist model and the RX, the latter is about twice as tall, so it may resolve your problem with scraping the barrel on the screen. I'm sure I don't have to encourage you to report back on your experience.
     
  7. Heaviside

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    Right! I forgot that you also opted for the Rx. Will do
     
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    Have you tried the Rx yet?
     
  9. Heaviside

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    I have been waiting to comment until I had more experience with it--and with the swivel point disc Dagi--that I just received.

    Here are my impressions about all three.

    I think I prefer the firm tip iFaraday with its barrel wrapped with some sort of shrinkable plastic that Rustle of iFaraday "rustled up" for me over the Rx. The latter is a good stylus, but it too has a concentric plastic type of housing that stops maybe an inch and a half above the tip (and extends all the way from there to the "non-business end"). The transition unfortunately is precisely where I seem to want to place my fingers.

    The new Dagi 504 that I just received just doesn't hack it. If you try to make a horizontal dash or minus sign, for instance, you can't make it straight because there is a glitch as the disc flips down to contact the screen. For the same reason, you get a little extra pothook at the beginning of each character. Also, as someone else has observed here on the forum, there is an offset between the nib and where the line is appearing. Definitely inferior to the Jot.

    Bottom line: when I am using the iFaraday I miss the precision of the Jot; when I am using the Jot I miss the smoothness of the iFaraday. Too bad the technologies are so radically different. If the Jot could solve its skipping problem, it would clearly be my favorite. Until they do, I think iFaraday is the better bet.
     
  10. jsh1120

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    Great minds and all that... If I could figure out how to put the iFaraday tip on the Jot Pro, it would be my favorite. :)
     

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