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Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad Air, iPad Mini and iPad 3/4 - Graphite

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  • Graphite model
  • Digital stylus for iPad
  • What's included: Pencil, Rechargeable battery, Extra tip, Extra eraser
  • Try all paid tools in Paper FREE when using Pencil
  • Works on iPad 3, 4, Air (all) & Mini (all). Connects via Bluetooth LE (Low Energy)
  • Connects to Paper by FiftyThree, Procreate, Sketchbook Mobile, Noteshelf, and others
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Product Description

Color: Graphite

Pencil is the fastest and most expressive way to get your ideas into the Paper by FiftyThree app.
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Product Details

Color Name: Graphite
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 0.3 inches ; 1.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00JP12170
  • Item model number: 53PA02
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (970 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 5, 2014

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Customer Reviews

This pencil feels very nicely when held in my hand.
Victoria Mason
Outside Pencil it still works as a basic stylus, but I rarely find a stylus valuable outside of a drawing app like Paper.
Neurasthenic
An extremely useful tool for drawing on an iPad using the Paper 53 App.
crik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

167 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Z. Appel on January 30, 2014
Color Name: Walnut Verified Purchase
This pencil works like a dream. It feels absolutely amazing in your hands. There's just something amazing about holding walnut wood in your hands that makes you feel totally awesome! It glides across my iPad Air's screen with ease. As a standalone stylus, it's ridiculously beautiful and works very well. Combine it with Paper by 53, and it's a dream come true. I would HIGHLY recommend this product, just realize you're going to have to mess with it a little to really get it to work as described.

Pros:
1) Feels and looks amazing. Very sturdy
2) Amazing stylus, even better with the app "Paper by 53"
3) Magnet is very strong, I've had no issues having this "snap" to my iPad cover and stay put as I move about.
4) Comes with replacements tips

Cons:
1) Expensive (for a stylus...)
2) slightly gimmicky. Again, once you fiddle with it though, it's amazing.

** Troubleshooting **
* I had to replace the eraser tip with the extra one they included
* I also had to take the pencil tip off, clean, and put it back on as tight and snug as I could.
* I had to rub my finger along the gold USB charge plates to get it to charge
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164 of 186 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Michaels on May 20, 2014
Color Name: Graphite
I've had Pencil 53 for about two weeks now, purchased from the Paper53 app directly.

The Good:
-It is very intuitive. It feels just like a drafters pencil in the hand, although a but top heavy towards the eraser.
-The lines are even, and produced expectively.
-Charges very quickly. The reported charge time was around 90 minutes, and out of the box, it took maybe forty.
-Compact design allows for easy mode of travel
-Direct Paper53 app integration. You can link, via bluetooth, directly on the page or in Paper53's settings.
-Blend capability, so far in my understanding, Pencil 53 is the only stylus that affords the blend function within Paper.

The Not-So-Good:
-To accurately function, I had to take the iPad's screen protector off, and now it requires daily cleaning from smudges...
-...caused by Pencil 53's tip, which leads me to my next issue..
- To have the app recognize a stroke, you have to push down with a decent amount of pressure. This had immediate implications. I've already used up and chewed up one of my tips, and it's only been two weeks! There is no sensitivity scale to increase or decrease as desired. The tips leave rubbery smudges when too much pressure has been applied, and no stroke is recognized with too little. For someone who sketches with feather strokes, this is severely aggravating.
- Blend is too sensitive, in so much that it's very awkward to have "pinpoint" smudge shading, and the smudge just feels like it goes 0->100 without a gradient.

The Terrible:
-Man. The connectivity. WHEN it connects you can apply the "good" and "not-so-good" applications. I don't know what's the deal, but it'll connect around 10-20% of the time. It's infuriating!
-Blend.
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118 of 138 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kerr on February 15, 2014
Color Name: Graphite
I genuinely wanted to like this product. It feels good to the hand, Offered pressure sensitivity, palm rejection, smudging with fingers when not using the stylus for blending effects. It did none of these things. So I contacted pencil support who were quick in replying and happy to make it right. I ran through all the trouble shoot procedures from rebooting the iPad (4th gen) to toggling the bluetooth, to shutting off gestures, replacing the tip etc. A lot of bother for a stylus. It was determined the unit was likely defective, so they sent a new one out...which was even worse than the first. Again, through the trouble shooting, nada. the tip is no more pressure sensitive than the Wacom bamboo which is not pressure sensitive, cannot figure out if it is drawing, smudging or erasing and so much so, it is comically bad...but I'm not laughing. Presently I'm back to using Pogo with Paper 53, the app Pencil was implicitly designed for. With the exception of smudging, it is performing as the Pencil should have. I'm back on the line with the Folks at Pencil to get a bead on what is next, but I feel that the flaw is in the product, perhaps how they've made the tip. I'll update, if an when Pencil gets back to me, but I'd warn potential buyers of this product off of it based on my two experiences with it.
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64 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. Anderson VINE VOICE on June 19, 2014
Color Name: Walnut Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Update - 8/20/2014: I'm upping this to four stars from three now that they have built an SDK for other apps to use. It can now be used in some of the bigger apps like Procreate, but I've had issues with pressure sensitivity still not working. I'm sure it is just a matter of time. So, at this point I would say that comfort wise the Pencil is awesome and it is rechargeable, but the use of the eraser instead of any sort of buttons like the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus is still a fairly big negative. Ignoring price differences, those are the real things I would think about when choosing one or the other.

So, I have three styluses now:
The Pencil
Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad Air, iPad 3/4 and iPad mini (CS500PK0)
And the original Wacom Bamboo

In my opinion, the Pencil blows the original Wacom Bamboo away in terms of general comfort to hold while drawing. This is obviously going to make a difference depending on the person, but the size, shape, and construction materials feel great.

Where the Pencil doesn't hold up is when comparing it to the Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus. Comfort wise they are both fine, although I do still somewhat prefer the Pencil, but you buy a bluetooth enabled stylus for pressure sensitivity. While the pencil works fine in the Paper app it works only so-so in the other major apps like Procreate (Eraser works but not pressure sensitivity).

This means you also need to take into account the value of the Paper app, and it just isn't versatile enough to fill the needs that many who want pressure sensitive pens have. I'm not saying that Paper is a bad app. I use it all the time.
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