Provides: iDevice (and paper) input
Developer: Hard Candy
Minimum Requirements: iDevice
I’ve spoken with other iDevice bloggers and users who consider using a stylus blasphemous. I feel they’re wrong. Although I’m generally happy to use my fingers, a stylus often makes sense. You get better precision, obviously, you don’t grease up the screen, and you just look more professional.
If you agree on any one or more of those three points, you should consider the Candy Stylus and Pen from Hard Candy. When closed, the Candy Stylus looks like a slimmed down space cigar. The shiny, chrome body is quite sharp looking, even if it’s not in line with the iDevice aesthetic.
Open one side and you get the rounded, rubbery tip that works very well on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. My iPad and iPhone 4 responded very well to the stylus, making it much easier to play most games, and certainly easier to work with drawing apps. When working with a Bluetooth keyboard, I preferred to use the Candy Stylus when interacting with the touch screen—even with the extra step of picking it up—simply because it provided better accuracy than my relatively large fingertips.
Of course, you lose multitap gestures, but I quickly became comfortable with balancing the Candy Stylus in my hand while touching the screen with my fingers and thumb when necessary.
The handy thing about the Candy Stylus is that opening the other end reveals a pen. It’s not the best pen I have, but it’s worth it to not have to carry around a separate one. You can tell which input you’re opening from the orientation of the Hard Candy logo in the center, so no worries about writing on your iPad screen with ink.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of issues. First, because you can’t stack the caps on the end you’re not using, you better have a pocket handy. Second, while we’re speaking of pockets, there’s no clip. You’ll need to find another way to carry this around, as there’s no way to affix it to your iDevice case or yourself (it doesn’t even stay in place behind your ear).
And third, although $35 isn’t an unfair price, it’s still at the upper range of competing styli. You’re mainly paying extra for the pen and for the solid construction, since input precision is pretty much on par with the other styli I’ve tried.
With all that taken into account, I do like the Candy Stylus and Pen quite a bit. I don’t often carry it around with me, but when I’m working on the iPad at my desk or just playing a simple gesture game, it’s the only stylus/pen I need.
Even if it is blasphemy.
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