December 24, 2011
Since getting my iPad and discovering CaptureNotes 2, I have been looking for a really good stylus. It’s a shame to have to write with your finger in big block letters like a pre-schooler when you have an app as great as CaptureNotes on which to write.
My friend Leanna over at TiPb recommended the Wacom stylus, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend $30 for what looked exactly like every other stylus out there. So I kept looking until I stumbled upon the Jot stylus from Adonit. While they have both a Jot and Jot Pro model, I figured I could get away without the rubber grip on the pro model, and still get a stylus for $20.
The Jot comes in a variety of colour options: I chose red. The barrel is smooth aluminum, and fairly chunky – certainly more so than an ordinary Bic style pen. I was pleased that the vanity embossing is small and unobtrusive on the Jot stylus. At the end is imprinted “Jot” and at the same end, but opposite side of the barrel, “Adonit.”
The Jot stylus comes with a cap that screws onto the end when you’re using it. It’s a great little feature that will protect the tip when you want to toss the stylus into your purse, pocket, or briefcase to take with you. Bizarre note here. The Jot stylus comes in a hard plastic package. While it was easy enough to remove the stylus, the cap was separate. I pulled and pulled but could not remove the cap from the package. Finally I tried twisting it out, and realized it was turning. It had been screwed into a plastic piece, so I laboriously unscrewed it and removed it from the packaging. Once I had the cap removed, I saw the notice beneath where the cap had been informing “unscrew cap to remove.” It would have made more sense to me to put this notice on top, where you could see it prior to attempting to get it out of the package.
The tip of the Jot stylus is what sets this stylus apart from all the other capacitive screen styli available on the market. Instead of having a bulbous rubber tip, the Jot ends in a point that looks like any pen and a tiny metal ball bearing that fits into a flat plastic disk.
The flat plastic disk allows you to slide smoothly across your touch screen, and because it’s opaque, allows you a better view of where on the screen you’re touching, than you can possibly get with the more common round rubber end.
Because the disk is on a ball bearing, you also have a good bit of flexibility as to how to position your stylus on your screen. Movement is fluid, and this is the perfect companion to writing or drawing apps on your tablet.
Pick one up for yourself in red, yellow, or green for $19.99. Or go for the Pro in gun metal, silver, or turquoise, with the rubber grip for $29.99. That extra ten dollars not only gets you a rubber grip, but the Pro attaches magnetically to the side of an iPad 2 or other tablet with magnetized bezel.