The iPad is an awesome and innovative product, but while it’s busy wowing everyone with its awesomeness, the iPad is lacking one very important feature: a proper iPad stylus. Following are several reasons why the iPad stylus will always suck.
When I bought an iPad, I didn’t buy it to be a gaming system, video streamer, MP3 player or anything else; I bought the iPad to be a tablet. A tablet is something that you can be used as a business aid, you know… to do things like read, write, organize your day, budget and take notes with. While the iPad is great as a daily planner, eBook reader and internet browser, it totally sucks as a notepad replacement due to its wimpy selection of iPad styluses.
There are plenty of iPad styluses on the market to choose from but due to the way the iPad is made, there will never be a proper iPad stylus that will serve well for note taking, annotating, or pretty much anything other than sketching and navigating. I’m used to resistive touchscreen styluses like those found on the Nintendo DS, cash register kiosks, and Palms, but the Apple iPad uses capacitive touchscreen technology and unlike resistive touchscreens that use resistive pressure in order to recognize screen touches, capacitive touchscreen styluses look for bulkier input devices that emulate finger presses.
The capacitive touchscreen of the iPad murdered any possibility of having a fine-point stylus for the iPad as all iPad styluses are forced to emulate fingers instead of ballpoint pens. While emulating finger presses isn’t all that bad for sketching and drawing apps, finger-like pens just won’t do for iPad owners that are looking to jot notes, annotate documents, or do anything that will require precision.
It’s a shame that the iPad is around the same size of a notepad and would be great for taking notes with, but will never suffice do to its lack of stylus. It’s a bit embarrassing that even though I own an expensive iPad, I’m still forced to carry around a notepad and that the best use that I can find for the iPad when taking notes is using it as a stable surface to write in my notebook on.
For more, read 4 Reasons Every iPad Owners Should Buy a Pogo Sketch Stylus , The Pogo Sketch iPad Stylus is Awesome, but Not with Screen Protectors , and 4 Cool iPad Accessories and How They Kind of Suck
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