If you know me, then you know I love technology. As I wrote about in Going paperless (part 1), I have been using my iPad, Notability, and the Adonit Jot stylus to take notes at meetings and continuing education events for a few years now.
After trying several styli the Adonit Jot was, for a long time, the best stylus I had used with the iPad, that is, until today. What happened to change that? Well, it started innocently enough with my husband flipping through the London Drugs flyer. Knowing my passion for styli (yes, I admit to having a "passion for styli"), he pointed out that there was one in the flyer with a fine point tip and suggested we go check it out.
The sales person at London Drugs helped my husband to track it down. Since I have been so happy with the Adonit Jot I didn't feel pressed to buy a new one. The sales person assured my husband that I could try it and return it within two weeks, if I wasn't satisfied, so long as the packaging was all intact.
We will see how it fares in the long-run, but after using for a little while today these are the pros and cons of the TruGlide apex stylus as I see them:
- Easy to set-up with no Bluetooth connection (the quick start guide shows you how to twist the cap to remove the protective battery cover; once that is removed you just twist the cap slightly clockwise to turn it on and counter clockwise to turn it off; a blue led light shows when the pen is on)
- Fine point (2.3 mm)
- Soft tip makes it quiet (compared to the Adonit Jot)
- You can use it with any app (the Evernote Jot Script is, I believe, optimized for use with Evernote's Penultimate app and Adonit Jot also has supported some specific apps)
- The tip glides nicely across the screen
- I suspect the soft tip won't scratch the screen (the Adonit Jot has made a couple small scratches on my iPad screen)
- Price ($49.99 without a case, and $59.99 with a case, versus $74.95 for the Evernote Jot Script)
- It comes with a spare battery and replacement tip (you can purchase replacement tips for the Adonit Jot styli on their site, but I don't believe they come with a spare tip, at least I have not purchased one that has come with a replacement tip yet)
- Requires an AAA battery (but then again, so do many of the "active" styli)
- Soft tip slightly reduces the pen-like feel (overall, I would say the soft tip is still a pro)
- Does not have palm rejection (I have yet to try a styli with the iPad that does have good palm rejection; thankfully Notability has the ability to write along the bottom of the screen using zoom mode, which helps reduce the likelihood of touching the screen with your palm)
I haven't been using my iPad to take notes as much lately, as I have been using my Microsoft Surface Pro2 (more to come about that in a future post), however, when I use my iPad to take notes in future, I can guarantee you that I will be using the TruGlide apex stylus from now on. My first Adonit Jot lasted nearly a year before the tip needed to be replaced; I have been using my current Adonit Jot Flip for over a year now and it is still going strong. Time will tell if the TruGlide apex stylus will perform as well as the Adonit Jot.
Do you have a favourite stylus that I haven't tried yet? If so, let me know in the comments.