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Wacom Tech Corp. Bamboo Stylus for iPad/Tablets (Black)
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- Elegant, high end design
- Milled brushed aluminum
- Unique smooth pen to paper feel
- 25% smaller tip vs. competitor models
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The Bamboo Stylus, from the leader in digital pen technology, is a brushed aluminum stylus for use with an iPad. The Bamboo Stylus is elegantly designed featuring a premium look and feel. A well balanced pen with smooth pen-to-paper feel, the Bamboo Stylus is durable with optimal weight and balance for comfortable use.
Top Customer Reviews
Initial impressions using the Bamboo Stylus were bad. I fired up Penultimate and started trying to write. The grip felt good, the stylus is comfortable in your hand but it was STILL like trying to write with a crayola crayon. It just didn't work well. The text was hard to read and it looked like a 4 year old was writing.
I was disappointed and tried a few other apps, the touch sensitivity of the Bamboo stylus is great. It is responsive and much faster then the other brands I've tried but it was still hard to write with.
But then I found NOTE TAKER HD, which is the ultimate app if you want to do hand writing on the iPad and use it like a real legal pad. Note taker HD gives you a large box on part of the screen you write it, which makes it easy as you write big but then the app shrinks the text down and puts it on the page. It's very slick and if you want to use the Bamboo Stylus for writing I highly recommend you pair it with the Note Taker App. After I did that I loved the Bamboo Stylus.
I carry my iPad around currently in a Marware eco-vue case and while there is no pen clip on the case I found the Bamboo stylus slides perfectly on the center fold of the case and will stay when the iPad is closed. So now I have my ipad, my case and a stylus.
-Feels like writing with a crayon in most apps I tried.
-Comfortable to hold
-Built well, the pocket clip is metal and not plastic like other brands where the clip will break off.
-With the right app (drawing or writing) this is easy to use
-Very responsive, in playing I was able to do shading, cursive you could see the change in line texture as I wrote based on pen angle and pressure.
I like it and am glad I got it. This stylus and the note taker HD app together are what I have been looking for to make my iPad more functional in the workplace.
UPDATE!! 7/6/2011 -
This stylus is still my favorite, but I wanted to let you know that Bamboo now has a free (at least as of the time I write this) app for your iPad so if you don't want to buy an app like Note Taker HD the Bamboo app compliments it nicely. I do however still prefer Note Taker HD as it has many additional features but Bamboo App works good too!
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!