An iPad Stylus Worth Using

By Dan Hinckley

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Steve Jobs has strong feelings about Touch Screens and the use of a Stylus and he hasn’t kept it a secret.

Its like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it….

Steve Jobs and Apple don’t see a pen-like device in the future of Touch devices, but that doesn’t mean that everyone agrees. I know that one of the major things that held a friend of mine back from quickly purchasing the iPad was the lack of a stylus and advanced handwriting recognition software. I suspect that he wasn’t the only one looking for a way to quickly write and take notes on a tablet computer. He eventually gave in and picked up an iPad but he was quick to find a third party stylus to fill his needs.

I’ve received a stylus since first purchasing an iPad myself and can completely understand why my friend was looking for this form of input. If you use the iPad as a note-taking device then typing doesn’t always fill the needs for capturing an idea or lesson being presented to you. A stylus lets you quickly jot notes and draw pictures and has no limits to the ways you capture your ideas and thoughts. A keyboard in many situations can be too limiting.

Griffin’s iPad Stylus

I was lucky enough to receive the iPad stylus I use from Griffin free of charge. They have developed an impressive input tool for use with the ipad that has the weight and feel of a traditional pen but works flawlessly with your iPad and iPhone. The end of the device slides easily across the iPad’s touch screen and I have yet to had the iPad fail to accept the Stylus.


I use the Griffin iPad Stylus for almost all my note taking now and have really enjoyed it for drawing ideas and architecture designs for web applications and services. I can’t imagine even using the iPad in these situations if I didn’t have a stylus to assist with the effort.

Overall, a stylus for the iPad adds another dimension of use to the device. Its only real set-back is that there is no easy place to keep the stylus close and readily to use with the iPad. I often find myself searching for the stylus as I would for a mis-placed pen. Despite this set back, I can’t imagine using the iPad without a stylus.

About Dan Hinckley
Dan Hinckley is an experienced Mac user who converted to Apple products when they introduced them on Intel Processors. He loves helping others get more out of their devices! Subscribe to to get the latest from Dan and the Maciverse Team!! Find out more about Dan:

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