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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the correct stylus, September 12, 2010
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This review is from: Generic 3 Pack of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen (Red + Black + Silver) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
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3 Pack (Red + Black + Silver) of Universal Touch Screen Stylus Pen for Apple iPod Touch 2nd 3rd 4th Gen, iPhone 3G 3GS 4th Gen Generation

These are inexpensive, ok, cheap, stylus. I bought them to test on a cheap tablet I was testing and they worked very good. If they are lost, stolen or eaten by Fido, who cares. We are talking about bang for the buck here. And yes, they are made across the big pond.

If you need status, spend the big bucks, but don't cry if it goes missing. It could be hiding next to that missing $200.00 remote.

Better yet, make one yourself, it's a fun and interesting project. Brings out that MacGyver rush from the 80's.

There are three (3) types of touch screens, buy the correct stylus for your screen.

From eHow:

Resistive-type screens lack the clarity of other touch screens but they tend to be very durable and can be used in a variety of environments. Resistive-type screens are the most common in use today.

Capacitive screens are resistant to outside elements, making them very durable, and they still maintain a high clarity. Unlike resistive and surface wave screens, which can be used with stylus, capacitive panels must be touched with a finger.

Surface wave touch panels are the more advanced of the three types, offering the highest clarity. But they are more easily damaged by outside elements.

The iPad has a capacitive touch screen, your gloves won't work, and that plastic stylus from your old Palm PDA won't work either. Buy a capacitive stylus for your iPad.

Update 04.11.12

All this STYLUS stuff...

Capacitive touchscreens are everywhere. They're in iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android/Windows smartphones, and all new tablets. Pretty much any mobile touchscreen device that is worth having, comes with a capacitive touchscreen. A stylus makes it easier to draw, paint, sketch, even write, but you'll probably loose it too. If a screen saver has been applied, it may effect the power of the stylus.

The iPad requires a capacitive stylus, something that will conduct electric flow from your body to the screen. That's why your finger works so good, the screen was designed that way. Have a finger, always have a stylus with you. Have a glove on, not so much, electrical flow is blocked, unless you have conductive thread sewn into the finger tips of the gloves.

Can't decide on a stylus, cheap or pricey. Here are a couple of pricey models, Pogo Sketch Plus - Silver $14.95, Jot Stylus - $19.99 to $29.99. This discussion has been about cheap, but the cheap Universal, looks a lot like the Pogo Sketch Plus, do I smell a copy-cat here?

Or make your own stylus, cheap, easy, fun and you might learn something. Google "Make or DIY touch screen stylus". [...]

What'll you'll need: a cheap plastic or metal ink pen, un-insulated small-gauge wire, a sponge or conductive foam, and a pair of scissors. Now you can make your own stylus in 5-10 minutes. Use a sponge for the tip, have to add a drop or two of water. Go with the metal pen body, lose the wire.

What is conductive foam, It's a plastic foam that has been saturated with carbon particles, allowing it to dissipate static charges. Due to the high carbon content, it is usually black in color. It is frequently used for packaging or storing static-sensitive electronic components, such as MOSFET transistors and integrated circuits.

Instructions from cNet: [...] . Cut and paste the URL, they worked for me, no guarantee they will work for anyone else.
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Initial post: Feb 10, 2011 11:23:58 AM PST
J. Walker says:
Thanks for the info!

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 10:21:57 AM PDT
If you have a short, high level list of what is being used, that would make your review complete.


Ipad - capacitive
Itouch -
Iphone -
Droid (X or 2) - or if there is some sort of overall commonality to android devices
tablet pc -


Thank you for the heads up as well - maiking sure that i get what im really looking for and dont waste any money


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2011 7:50:43 AM PDT
C. Jones says:
MOST android devices are capacitive at the moment. There were some low-end early tablets that were resistive but most of the newer ones are not. I think all the i-stuff is capacitive as well.

As for your tablet PC, check the manual. Some come with WACOM screens which require specific styli...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2011 12:12:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2011 12:13:52 PM PDT
klutz2004 says:
It works on my Dell touch screen computer, my droid x(though not as well. ) and my Ipad. But they are FAR from durable. If they can survive the shipping then you could use them for awhile.You dont have to push so hard...which is a common mistake. I find myself wanting to do at times. But they are cheap and crappy...but they work for now lol

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2011 3:20:56 PM PST
Harry, that's some delicious Spam you're serving up. You posts don't contribute at all and their only purpose is to direct people to your website. Give it a rest and spend some of those big bucks on real advertising instead of Spamming Amazon's review system. Spammers suck.

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 10:12:05 AM PST
momof3and3 says:
So even though the listing says iPad, these won't work with an iPad?

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 4:50:05 PM PST
You get what you paid for. I ordered these stylus in December and just received them in the first week of January. They came in a yellow protected envelope. Two of the stylus came damaged. They are cheaply made. Think of a radio antenna on a portable radio. The one that wasn't damaged works well if you don't mind the light cheap feeling. Since the stylus didn't cost much, its not worth sending it back

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 1:25:59 PM PST
RJ says:
Thank You! Very informative! I hadn't a clue. I learned something here!!!
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