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Old 01-25-2011, 12:52 PM
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iPad stylus which has a fine tip?

All the styluses I have seen online have this fat pad that covers the whole end of the stylus. I don't see how this is used to draw fine lines. I am looking for a stylus which has a finer tip best used for drawing fine lines and handwriting.
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None of them have a "fine tip"....pointy tips work on the resistive touchscreens of older PDAs and WinMo phones, but not on the capacitive touchscreens used on iPads, iPod touches, and most current smartphones. It's mostly up to the app/iOS to control line thickness and sensitivity.

That said, there's a neat DIY stylus that comes close to providing a point (not sure how hard it is on the screen surface tho). Other than that, the preferred styli seem to be the AluPen, Targus, and elago.
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The reason why the various styluseseseseses (or styli, I guess) have larger end points is that they are trying to simulate touch input. Apple has built their touch capable displays for finger input, that has been their whole purpose and why they are better than resistive touch displays.

You will never find a small tipped (as small as a pen) stylus for the iPad as they wouldn't register with the screen. Other technologies can do this because they use older methods. Resistive touch displays, which were very common, pretty much require a stylus as you have to physically press two layers of film together so that it registers as an input. Doing this with a finger was innacurate while a stylus can do it much more accurately.

So, just to re-state this: the iPad (and ANY other Apple touch screen device) was not meant for stylus input as the display technology is accurate with touch input. You can find some stylus solutions that are about as thin as a pen with a cap on it but you will NEVER (and I mean NEVER) find an iPad stylus that allows you to draw fine lines. The good apps out there will accomidate for this accordingly while the bad ones won't.



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As above, there are NO fine tipped stylii. However, you might find the Pogo Stylus to be slightly better than the others available.

See the following link for a video demonstration:

Pogo Stylus: Quick look by Scott | AppSlappy

Both Scott and Eric have used various stylii and seem to recommend the Pogo. Haven't used it myself.

Also some applications appear to allow you to compensate for the thickness of the stylus in some fashion. Allowing you to draw zoomed in, or simply drawing a thinner line than the width of the stylus. Perhaps someone else has more direct experience than I. Sorry, I don't have any artistic ability so this is pretty much lost on me.
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I found a stylus at Target that works pretty well. It's as the other say, not thin, but the tip is quite firm. Sorry, I'm out of town and don't have it with me, but it works pretty well.
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