Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I use the Griffin stylus and although it does the job well enough it's a long way removed from using a pen on a tablet - I find the soft nib makes it difficult to write accurately. The other pens I've seen all seem to have a similar design - presumably to make the nib appear to the iPad as a finger.

I understand pressure sensitivity isn't going to be an option but a relatively hard nib would make it a lot easier to 'write' on the iPad.

share|improve this question
After a little further investigation it appears that there is another type of stylus starting to come out. There is the iPen due for release Jan 2012 and several similar offerings. More expensive but much more accurate. – Nick Pierpoint Jan 25 '12 at 16:55

Thoroughly recommend the Cosmonaut:

Still a relatively soft nib but the size of the stylus nib seems to reduce the squidgy resistance I've experienced with smaller stylus. Also the chunkyness of the Cosmonaut grip feels great in the hand.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the reply. The Cosmonaut does look pretty much the same as the one I'm using already. Nice design though. – Nick Pierpoint Jan 25 '12 at 16:48

Check out the Jot and the XStylus Touch. I already have an XStylus on order.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the reply. The XStylus Touch looks like the some kind of squidgy nib. The Jot looks like an interesting development that adds a little refinement to the technology. – Nick Pierpoint Jan 25 '12 at 16:48

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.