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Does anyone use a stylus? What is your opinion?

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Initial post: May 25, 2012 9:11:47 AM PDT
Opinions of use of a stylus please.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 9:18:12 AM PDT
mlc384 says:
I really enjoy using my stylus. I am generally using my Kindle Fire during a meal time, so using the stylus prevents finger prints from getting on the screen. And it's more precise than using my fingers.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:18:32 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
I do use one with my Kindle Fire, but not with my Kindle Touch.

I wasn't sure I would like it, but now I don't travel without it.

One key thing is that it does reduce (but not eliminate) marks on the screen, which seem more obvious on the Fire.

However, another important point is that the end of the stylus is smaller than my fingertip...making it simpler to see the "keys" on the keyboard, and thereby making me more accurate.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:25:08 AM PDT
Winkinod says:
I wouldn't be without a stylus when using a touch screen...Felix Unger

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 9:26:15 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
"Oscar, Oscar, Oscar..."

Winkinod: :)

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:30:14 AM PDT
Winkinod says:
Ha! Bufo, we're revealing our age.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:30:38 AM PDT
AnnieB says:
I agree...I would never be w/out my stylus.

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:30:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 9:32:22 AM PDT
N. Podaci says:
I bought these really cheap ones and they are fine. Less than two bucks (for 3) with free shipping even without Prime.
3 pcs Aqua Blue/Black/Red Capacitive Stylus/styli Touch Screen Cellphone Tablet Pen for iPhone 4 4s 3 3Gs iPod Touch iPad 2 Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy, BlackBerry Playbook AMM0101US, Barnes and Noble Nook Color, Droid Bionic

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:31:41 AM PDT
S. McCormick says:
I have a Kindle Touch and I love the stylus - I got it because fingerprints bother me, but I find that (even though the stylus addresses the fingerprint issue well) I love it much much more for the simple convenience of use. Entering passwords; searching the store for e-books; flipping through the menu - all is so much faster and pleasurable....who knew???

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:39:23 AM PDT
 Ann says:
I don't use a stylus, just because, well, then I'd have to keep track of it, remember to take it with me when I leave the house, hunt for it, try to figure out how the ^&*% to use my Kindle when I misplace or lose the stylus, or the cat has knocked it out of my hand and batted it under the couch, etc. It seems like it would be far too much trouble, and since I'm basically lazy, I don't bother... If you're a more organized and diligent sort, and you don't have a cat, a stylus might work well for you. ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 9:48:43 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
❤ Ann, I just keep the stylus clipped to my Fire cover...I don't really have to think about it. I can easily clip it where there isn't a risk of the stylus touching the screen.

I would think a cat would love to play with the stylus. :) We actually have several styli around the house (they are cheap), so no big deal if it happens there.

Posted on May 25, 2012 10:19:27 AM PDT
I use only my finger. With arthritis, sometimes gripping something that small or even a pen can be a royal pain. I haven't lost a finger, yet, but I already drop too many small things when trying to pick them up.

Posted on May 25, 2012 10:20:49 AM PDT
Gin says:
I bought a stylus when I bought my Fire, expecting to use it all the time. I, also, keep it clipped to my Fire's cover. In actual use, I find I use the stylus about half the time ... it definitely is easier to use with the keyboard, and I do send emails, post on FB, etc. so it comes in handy then. I use it for a few games (angry birds!) because my finger gets tired/sore (arthritis). Conclusion, I like having a stylus, and use it quite a bit, but not as much as I expected to.

Posted on May 25, 2012 11:59:51 AM PDT
I liked my first stylus so much I bought a second one; I keep one in my purse, to use with my Kindle Touch and Fire when on the train or at work, and one at home. I gave one to my daughter (she's 46) for Christmas because she was complaining about the touch pad on her iPhone being difficult to use; she wasn't too sure about the stylus when she opened it, and told me a few weeks later she didn't know how she'd lived without it. PS: I have two cats at home - it's not been a problem.

Posted on May 25, 2012 1:17:07 PM PDT
I didn't think I needed a stylus for my Fire until I got I wouldn't want to use the Fire without a stylus :) I also keep mine clipped to my cover when not in use.

Stylus I use:
rooCASE Capacitive (Black) Stylus for Apple iPad 2 / iPad 3 / The new iPad / Amazon Kindle Fire Android Tablet / Asus Tranformer PRIME TF201 / Motorola XYBOARD / Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus / Acer Iconia A200 A700

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 1:33:57 PM PDT
T. Schiel says:
I use one with my Fire all the time...wouldn't be without it. My cat loves it too so I let him play with here and there. He hasn't wrecked it yet but if he does I'll just buy another since they are quite cheap. It's a must have for me.

With the Fire in a cover and a stylus for use, fingerprints don't show up all that much.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 1:36:38 PM PDT
Michele C says:
I use a Taugus and I love it; it is the best of used and very sensitive. I'm a baby boomer but I've gotten my daughter and son-in-law hooked as well. It's great for writing, texting, posting comments, etc. ACASE also makes a good one.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 1:37:58 PM PDT
Annie DC says:
I would never be able to keep track of one, so I bought a couple packages big quantities of inexpensive ones, so one is always handy, and at less than a dollar each. It does noticeably help my precision with some things.

I have heard that the tips wear out fairly quickly, even with the more expensive ones, so this is a good solution for me.

I do find it easier to flip pages and scroll with my finger, so it's not all or nothing.

Posted on May 25, 2012 1:50:56 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
The one thing I haven't figured out is the best way to clean the stylus tip. After a while, it also leaves a streak. I've tried a couple of things, but what has worked for you?

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 1:55:26 PM PDT
Hi Bufo,

I'm always cleaning my earbud ear plugs (or whatever they are called) with alcohol swabs, and sometimes I'll swab the stylus tip, too, seeing I have the swabs tucked away in my Fire sleeve.

I was worried about the stylus tip getting "dried out" or stiff, but so far, it hasn't seemed to affect it... and it does stop the stylus from streaking my screen.

Posted on May 25, 2012 1:59:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 2:01:13 PM PDT
jsh1120 says:
Almost any capacitive stylus sold for the iPad will work with the Kindle Fire if you're interested exclusively in touching icons and using the onscreen keyboard. It all comes down to a question of what feels good in your hand, what appeals to you aesthetically, and how much you're willing to pay.

For writing and drawing, on the other hand, styluses vary rather widely. Most people find a smaller tip to be more comfortable to use efficiently but the technology of capacitive screens and the density of touch points imposes some minimum limits on a "fine point." One of the most popular fine point styluses for the iPad (imo) unfortunately is almost useless on the KF. The Adonit Jot Pro has a very good feel but it misses strokes so frequently it's like writing with a pen that is running out of ink. Repeatedly having to redraw strokes is more trouble than it's worth.

As far as other styluses are concerned, I've used close to a dozen (purchased and tested for the iPad originally.) My favorite styluses for both the iPad and the KF are from a small internet company based in Ohio, I believe. makes styluses in various styles with a relatively small tip and uses a conductive fabric over the rounded tip rather than the "half rubber ball" typically found in these styluses. As a result the "drag" on the screen is almost non-existent and the styluses stand up to quite a bit of abuse. The manufacturef offers a 30 day money back guarantee and the developer is highly responsive to user requests, even for special purpose models.

One caution though. If you are expecting to use a stylus extensively for writing or drawing, choose an app and a stylus you like and stick with it. Writing well with a capacitive stylus on a glass screen is a surprisingly challenging task. Expect to devote many hours to getting good at it. It's like the old joke about how to get to Carnegie Hall; practice, practice, practice.

For the record, the best note taking app I've found for the KF is 7Notes Premium. It's the only app I know that can turn handwriting into typed text in real time. And for those of us whose handwriting resembles hen scratches that even we cannot decipher at times, it's a very useful app. But again, whatever app you choose, stick with it. You won't find any silver bullets here.

Smart Writing Tool - 7notes Premium (Kindle Fire Edition)

P.S. Bufo Calvin, check out for some wisdom about cleaning the tip of a stylus. You may find that using a cleaner with an alcohol base will destroy the tip over time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 3:58:45 PM PDT
I use them and like them and then lose them.
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