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A Comparison Review to Micro-Knit, Cosmos Mini and AluPen from a Drawing Hobbiest
on December 31, 2013
I draw as a hobby, not professionally. Is it really that hard to find a good stylus? I've been practically collecting them since the iPad 2, and I have to say, yes, yes it is, at times. I currently use the Paper app by 53 on my iPad Air, along with a Tech Armour HD Clear Screen Protector. I am an average user, I like drawing in front of the TV at least once a week, maybe more. I don't press hard on the screen, nor do I destroy styluses, as some others have mentioned that happens!
AluPen Pros/Cons: The stylus is the most realistic-feeling one that I own. Weight is that of a real pencil/pen, the tip is large, but you are able to see around it to what you are drawing. For drawing it is awesome, but using the color markers in the app, I feel as if I am going to rip the tip right off/wear it out too soon. Another downside is that the tips aren't interchangeable/replaceable, like all the other styluses I have reviewed, but since the tip is firmer, I feel it will last longer. Comes with a nice leather case, though! This is still my favorite pen so far.
Micro-Knit Trent Arcadia Pen (ClickPen) Pros/Cons: This is the smallest-tipped stylus that I own. It is perfect for fitting into tight corners, and is extremely precise. This is the most precise stylus that I own! The only problem I have is that it "squeaks" across the iPad Air screen, which gets annoying at times! I still like using it because the tip clicks back like a real pen into the case, is great for travelling. The tip feels almost indestructible, even if the fibers can separate a little while drawing/playing with it, they snap back together. Comes in a two-pack, but I don't think the tips are replaceable.
Wacom Bamboo Stylus Pros/Cons: This stylus was one of my favorites for a long time. It is small and precise, but compared to the harder-plastic of the cheaper Cosmos stylus, the tip of this one seems to 'drag' across the screen. The tips are EASILY replaceable, since the bottom (the gray part) screws off and you can easily remove/replace the tip. However, the tip is long and flimsy, I feel like it is going to rip off one of these days. The tips don't last very long, either, 6 months at most with minimal/regular use. This is also the least responsive stylus I own, I tap the screen lightly as with my other pens and expect a response to start drawing, but sometimes it stutters more often or doesn't start right away.
Cosmos Mini Pros/Cons: These pens are my second-favorite, with the AluPen being first. I would highly recommend getting these for coloring, as it seems the hard-plastic tip of the stylus will hold up whether you press hard or soft. It is extremely responsive to the screen, which I love! The only gripe I have is that they are short, only about 6 inches long, and skinny, like a traditional stylus.
Conclusion: If you want a good pen, I highly recommend the AluPen by Just-Mobile for sketching, followed by Cosmos Mini for coloring. The other ones are also nice to have, especially the Micro-Knit (fabric) tip for drawing detailed items like small eyes or pupils. Also, I want to point out that none of these styluses has "wrist protection", and accidentally touching the screen with your wrist or other hand will cause all of these styluses to stutter.
We have come a long way from the archaic, almost barbaric styluses that are the skinny, foam-tipped straws that break on command, but we still have a long way to go! Bring on the newest stylus!