Best ipad sty­lus

Mar­tyn Casserly looks at your best op­tions

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Ap­ple Pen­cil

Price: £89 inc VAT from

If you have an ipad Pro or the new 2018 edi­tion of the 9.7in ipad, then there’s one ob­vi­ous choice, and that’s the Ap­ple Pen­cil (pic­tured above). It’s a solid hunk of white plastic that fits neatly in the hand and oozes qual­ity. Ap­ple built it, so it of­fers fea­tures other sty­lus mak­ers can’t match, such as a screen re­sponse rate that doubles when you bring the sty­lus close to the dis­play (mak­ing the ink ap­pear to flow from the nib). An­other unique fea­ture is the

nib, which you can use on its side to shade, like you would with a pen­cil. It’s also eas­ier to set up than other sty­luses: plug the Light­ning con­nec­tor into your ipad and the wire­less con­nec­tion will be es­tab­lished au­to­mat­i­cally and in­stantly. It’s not cheap, but this is an es­sen­tial ac­ces­sory for ipad Pro own­ers. The Ap­ple Pen­cil doesn’t work with any other model of ipad (or iphone), so if you own a pre-2018 ipad, Air or mini you’ll need to read on for your sty­lus needs.

Adonit Jot Pro

Price: £9.95 from

The Ap­ple Pen­cil can only be used with the ipad Pro, so if you have a dif­fer­ent ipad, Adonit Jot Pro is a great al­ter­na­tive. The build qual­ity is great, and it has a nice tex­tured grip mak­ing it feel solid in the hand. The cush­ioned tip is in­ter­est­ing, and it has a see-through plastic cir­cle on the nib, which en­ables you to see ex­actly where you’re draw­ing. It’s great for graphic de­sign­ers, although those look­ing for a hand­writ­ing tool may pre­fer some­thing chunkier. The fact you can use it on most ipads, as well as iphone 4s and later with the free app makes it good value for money.

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