Which sty­lus is for you?

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Len­ovo’s Yoga Book was a sur­prise when it was first an­nounced at IFA in 2016. The de­vice sits in slightly un­charted ter­ri­tory, some­where be­tween a tablet and an ul­tra­portable note­book.

The clamshell de­sign al­lows for the top half of the de­vice to fea­ture a reg­u­lar IPS full HD dis­play, while the bot­tom fea­tures a Halo Key­board with sty­lus sup­port for its Real Pen. This means you can use the sty­lus to write or draw on the bot­tom half of the de­vice and share it via a num­ber of dif­fer­ent meth­ods.

Len­ovo un­veiled a new ver­sion of the Yoga Book at IFA 2018. It builds on the unique porta­bil­ity and cre­ative po­ten­tial of this neat de­vice, fur­ther blend­ing the spheres of imag­i­na­tion and func­tion­al­ity. Avail­able at for R12 999.


Sam­sung’s Galaxy Note range is known for two things – its size and the S-pen. This year, the S-pen is more pow­er­ful than ever be­fore thanks to its Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity. You can now use it to con­trol slide pre­sen­ta­tions, jot down notes on the de­vice or as a re­mote shut­ter trig­ger for the Note 9’s cam­era.

Sam­sung is even open­ing up the S-pen SDK to de­vel­op­ers to find po­ten­tial new uses for it. The 128 GB Galaxy Note 9 re­tails for R18 999.


The Ap­ple Pen­cil con­nects to the ipad Pro via Blue­tooth and can be charged via a Light­ning con­nec­tor hid­den un­der the cap. The way it works is pretty im­pres­sive – a range of sen­sors is built into the pen­cil, en­abling it to de­tect pres­sure and al­low­ing you to shade and draw lines of var­i­ous thick­nesses.

Ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple, you can get up to 12 hours on a sin­gle charge, which is great, be­cause charg­ing the Pen­cil in pub­lic can be some­what em­bar­rass­ing, if not risky to the hard­ware. (Look it up on the web.)

In ad­di­tion, there’s no mag­netic con­nec­tion or built-in holder for the Ap­ple pen­cil at­tached to any of the com­pany’s de­vices, so you’ll need to buy a sep­a­rate holder for it.

R1 999 at the is­tore; the 10.5-inch ipad Pro re­tails for R10 999.

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