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Excellent Stylus for the iPad,
This review is from: Just-Mobile AluPen, Silver-AP-818 (Electronics)
After testing numerous other products of this type, I decided to buy the Just Mobile AluPen. I got it mainly to create artwork on the iPad using various art apps. I've used it with ArtRage, InspirePro, and Procreate (all of these, by the way, are very good art apps). The AluPen does a terrific job, and it has become a regular part of my iPad experience. I've used the AluPen for over four months, creating several paintings and line drawings with it. On occasion, I've also used it for "handwriting" and in place of my finger when entering data in online forms. It does a fine job in all these situations.
Below is my assessment of the AluPen.
The AluPen has a solid feel, and offers a good grip. The body of the stylus is composed of smooth metal, with angled surfaces. The whole thing sort of resembles a fat pencil. The tip is rubberized and soft enough to respond to your gestures when you use it on the iPad surface. The tip material is durable, and it's connected securely to the metal body. After using the AluPen extensively for four months, it continues to look new -- no scratches on the metal surface and no damage to the tip.
I've used the AluPen for long sessions, creating detailed artwork and drawings. I've never felt fatigue while using it. The AluPpen is heavier than other styluses. At first, this might seem like a bad thing. But the extra weight actually makes it more comfortable to hold and use, without being too heavy. By contrast, some other styluses I tested actually felt too light.
The angled surface makes the AluPen easy to grip. However, it's definitely fatter than other styluses. I wondered whether it might be a bit large for people with small hands. I thought the best way to test this was to let my three-year-old daughter use the AluPen to create some paintings in an art app. Very quickly, she began holding it properly, picking colors, and drawing various lines and shapes. Even better, she started to enjoy creating art on the iPad. Whenever she sees the stylus, she requests that I let her "paint on the iPad"!
Although the AluPen gives the impression of being larger (fatter) than other styluses, and even though the tip seems bigger, it's actually more accurate than other models I tested. I'm able to draw very thin lines or mix colors very accurately with the AluPen. When doing continuous color mixing or brush strokes, the AluPen never "skips" a spot. It requires minimal pressure to register your gesture on the iPad screen. With the right art app, the AluPen provides a very realistic art experience.
The packaging of the AluPen conveys a sense of style. Everything is well thought out. It gives the impression of an object you would use to create art.
The AluPen also comes with a soft leather-like case for the stylus. It's more like a glove, as the stylus fits inside snugly -- just big enough to protect the pen without taking up more space than necessary. I often stick the AluPen inside the glove, then put it into a pen pocket in my laptop case. The glove matches the overall style of the pen and is quite durable. I've used it regularly for over four months, and the stitching remains strong.
If you're looking for a comfortable, accurate, and well-made stylus, I strongly recommend the AluPen.