* Apple Pencil vs. Microsoft Surface Pen: Do more than just circle stuff

by John Doe

Apple’s newly revealed 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the first modern Apple device compatible with a stylus since the Newton Message Pad, released more than 20 years ago.

Apple’s stylus for iPad Pro is not simply any old stylus. It’s not even called a stylus. The Apple Pencil, unveiled alongside the iPad Pro, is designed and engineered to look and act more like a traditional pencil than a digital stylus.

The iPad Pro takes on the Surface Pro 3 as a productivity tool and, since the stylus (or Pencil) is an integral part of using these devices, we took a look at how the Apple Pencil stacks up against Microsoft’s Surface Pen.


Microsoft Surface Pen

Compatibility: Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro 3 2-in-1 tablets.

Pressure sensitivity: 256 levels of pressure sensitivity; creates thicker, darker lines the harder you push. The Surface Pen also incorporates palm block technology to allow you to rest your palm on the screen without interfering with the Surface Pen’s input.

Size: 9.5 millimeters in diameter, 137 millimeters long, and weighs 0.81 ounces.

Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0. User has to manually pair the Surface Pen to the Surface tablet by going to PC > Device > Bluetooth Settings while holding down a button on the Surface Pen.

Buttons: Right-Click button, Eraser button, and dedicated one click to OneNote button.

Power: One disposable AAAA battery or two 319 coin cell batteries.

Color: Silver, black, dark blue, and red.

Price: Included with the Surface Pro 3 or sold separately for $49.99.

As highlighted last year by Josh Lowensohn in an article for The Verge, almost all of Microsoft’s 30-second ad spots only show the Surface Pen used to draw circles on the screen. You’d be forgiven then for thinking drawing circles is all the Surface Pen is good for.

As Lowensohn himself points out later in his article, the Surface Pen is good for far more.

The top button is dedicated to one-click OneNote access (Microsoft’s note-taking app). One click opens a blank note (even if the Surface is locked or asleep), ready to write on and automatically saved. A second click closes OneNote. Clicking the top button twice takes a screenshot of whatever is on the Surface’s screen.

The Surface Pen is useful for a variety of tasks normally associated with traditional pen and paper, including writing and drawing on the screen (converted to text), highlighting and writing on PDFs in a range of apps like OneNote, Adobe Creative Cloud, Fresh Paint, and Drawboard PDF.

More technical uses are also possible with support for AutoCAD 360 and Bluebeam Revu to annotate, design and document projects.


Apple Pencil


Compatibility: Apple iPad Pro

Pressure sensitivity: Apple hasn’t shared any hard data but said it re-engineered the iPad’s touch subsystem to accurately measure both finger and stylus input on the same plane. According to Apple, the touch subsystem now scans twice as often in order to capture more points per stroke.

As for the Apple Pencil, responsive sensors built into its tip works with the iPad Pro to detect position, force, and tilt. Tilt detection appears to be one of the biggest differentiators for Apple Pencil – more on that later.

As with the Surface Pen, a light press delivers a thin stroke while a harder press gives you a darker, bolder stroke. While Apple did not specifically mention palm blocking technology, it appears to be included as the demos showed the Apple Pencil being used with the user’s palm resting on the screen in many instances.

Tilt detection is achieved by signals emitted from two locations in the tip calculating the angle and orientation of the Apple Pencil to deliver broad or shaded strokes.

The Apple Pencil can be used simultaneously with your finger.

Size: No details have been released, but the Apple Pencil is round and longer than a traditional stylus.

Connectivity: Lightning connector under the removable magnetic cap at the top used to pair the Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro via automatic Bluetooth connectivity.

Buttons: None

Power: The Apple Pencil recharges by connecting it to the iPad Pro via the Lightning connector. According to Apple a full charge will allow 12 hours of use and just 15 seconds of charge will provide up to 30 minutes of use.

Color: White (Plastic finish)

Price: Sold separately for $99.

Apple Pencil works with apps like Mail, Notes, Procreate, the popular Paper by FiftyThree, and Office 365 for iPad as well as a number of specialized apps.

Microsoft has optimized its Office suite for iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil with a new Inking feature. Using the Apple Pencil, you can annotate documents, draw sketches, highlight text, and more.

Adobe demonstrated the Apple Pencil’s capabilities when used with Adobe Creative Cloud apps and it is here where the tilt recognition really leaps out at you as a standout feature. For example, a watercolor brush effect for Apple Pencil changes the paint-to-water mixture as you change the tilt of the Pencil, allowing artists and designers to adjust the degree to which colors mix after making a stroke.

For more technical applications, the Apple Pencil can be employed for design and prototyping in AutoCad, UMake (a next-gen 3D sketching app for iOS) or digitally marking up anatomical graphics and images with 3D4Medical.


* Best iPad Pro Drawing Apps of 2019 for Your Creative and Artistic Kids

by John Doe

There’s probably nothing as creative as drawing, sketching, painting. Kids who have the inclination to draw, to sketch and to paint must be encouraged as much as possible to continue. This is one of the coolest things about humans: our creativity.

With technology helping us be more creative in our life, you’ll find dozens of great iPad drawing apps for kids. We tried to narrow down to five of the best drawing apps on the iPad (for kids). Check out and tell us about your favorites too:


2019’s Best iPad Pro Drawing Apps for Kids

#1. Pigment


If you are looking for a drawing app to bolster the creativity of your kids, Pigment would be a top-notch option. Featuring artistic tools, it helps kids bring out their creativity. There are 11 coloring tools such as, airbrush, fade, bloom, watercolor, metallic brush which make drawing fun.

It supports both Apple Pencil and third-party stylus. As it automatically adjusts pressure, direction as well as, the size of stroke using Apple Pencil, your kid will love doodling. The huge artwork collection with more than 1400 demonstrations offers the needed guidance on how to create awesome doodles.


#2. Autodesk SketchBook

This one is a cutout for the folks who want a complete package. The biggest highlight of Autodesk SketchBook is the extensive collection of over 170 brushes that enable you to draw wonderful arts. The other notable thing about it is that you can customize your favorite brushes in line with your requirement.

The rapid UI mode allows you to quickly access tools. As it’s been optimized to work with the dominant iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, you will be able to create a professional design. Through in-app purchase, you will unlock pro tools to make this app even more lethal.


#3. Adobe Photoshop Sketch

Take your creativity to an all new level with this stunning drawing app. It has a huge collection of pens, markers, brushes to let you decorate your design immaculately. With it, you can create a terrific watercolor painting. It allows you to add multiple images and drawing layers to make it ultra-convenient to merge or transform them.

There are 14 high-quality tools to let you adjust opacity, color, size with precision. To make the task a bit easier, organize your favorite tools and colors in the toolbar. Better still, it supports several stylus such as Adonit, Wacom, Pencil by 53 and Apple Pencil.


#4. Drawing Desk

“Drawing Desk” has been designed to entertain all groups of people. It features four modes such as kids desk, sketch desk, double desk, and photo desk. Kids desk allows kids to draw comfortably with stickers, stamps as well as several effects.

Sketch desk lets you draw using the creative brush, watercolor, pencil. Live brush and stroke effects enable you to enhance the quality of your photos. Thanks to 3D brushes, color pallets, and stamps, it makes doodling such as excellent experience.


#5. Magic Doodle: Movie Color&Draw

Magic Doodle makes doodling an absolute delight for little kids. With the support of 20 brushes such as rainbow, fireworks, neon, crayon brush, it provides more options and the needed convenience to draw elegantly. The brush size and color are automatically adjusted to make drawing more easy-going.

It features video mode to let parents check out how the kid created the doodle. Kids can easily import family photos to draw beautifully and bring their creativity to the fore. The built-in gallery stores all the drawing photos as well as draw procedure. Hence, you can start off from where you left.


#6. Tayasui Sketches

Top quality tools are one of the main secrets of impressive drawing. Tayasui Sketches, with 20 highly user-friendly tools, is an ideal app to sketch adorable drawing. The watercolor wet brushes and brushes editor and color eyedropper give the decisive edge to draw.

With the pressure stylus support, it makes your drawing a fabulous experience as you discover more innovative brushes while using Apple Pencil. It lets you organize your drawings in folders which you can personalize as per your need.


#7. Graphic

The graphic may be one of the most expensive drawing apps but it has the quality to live up to the billing. What stands it out is the collection of a great many superior tools that allow you to draw awesome art. The highly effective brush and pencil tools allow you to draw flawlessly.

With the use of multiple layers, you can perfectly pull off even intricate designs. There is a smart pen tool to create neat shape. That’s not all, the multi-style text support enables you to beautify your text to your best liking.


#8. Inspire Pro


I’m really charmed by the precision with which this app lets you draw. It doesn’t matter whether you have tons of experience or want to have a good grip on creating an appreciable design, Inspire Pro will ideally fit your needs. The drawing app has a colossal library of a number of top quality brushes which have been divided into different sets.

You can use all the brushes as wet, dry or erase. There are 20 settings to let you customize the brushes. Even better, you can create a canvas of any size up to 16K on your iPad Pro.


#9. ArtRage


With ArtRage, the drawing would come naturally to you. Adorable simulation of real paint on iPad not just boosts user-experience but also augments the quality of the drawing. Endowed with a range of handy tools such as Google pen, glitter tube, flood fill, crayon, it enormously assists you in creating excellent art.

The present support lets you save settings to use them later. There are tons of layers having photoshop standard blend mode, opacity as well as visibility controls to give your drawing the killer punch.


#10. Drawing Box Free

Drawing Box Free is probably the best misleading art app on the store. The interface looks like it’s a kids app (or even less), but it truly is an excellent drawing app both for kids and teenagers. The free version of this app has enough tools and enough room to let you create some cool artwork on the iPad.

Top it up with a lot of stickers and pictures for coloring activity, you have a killer app that will keep your kid occupied and working on something creative. Drawing Box Free comes with an IAP for drawing lessons too. Worth it.



* Artist Guide to Active vs Capacitive Styluses

by John Doe

There are many styluses in the market but it generally comes down to two types: active and capacitive.

When you're buying a tablet for drawing purposes, or for use as a digital sketchpad, you should know the difference between active and capacitive styluses so that you can spend your money wisely.

The pros and cons to each type of stylus are related to how the stylus works and the technology involved.

How does a capacitive stylus work?

A capacitive screen has an electrostatic field. When tapping on the screen with your finger, it will distort the field. The processor will detect where the distortion happens and work out what you're tapping on.

One condition for this to work is, the tip has to be wide enough to generate capacitance for the screen to register. That's why styluses cannot have tips that are too small.

How does an active stylus work?

An active stylus works with a digitizer screen. The digitizer is a special sensor built into the touch screen that actively senses for the presence of a compatible stylus.

This digitizer technology allows for additional features that are not possible with capacitive styluses. For example, when the stylus hovers on the touch-screen, a cursor may appear, and when the cursor is over a file you can click on the stylus side button to get a contextual menu. Or with some styluses, you can flip the stylus around and the tablet would automatically switch to erasing mode.

Pros and cons of capacitive styluses

+ They work with all touch-screens: Such styluses will work on both Android, iOS and Windows tablets. By the way, the iPad uses a capacitive screen. There aren't any active styluses that work with iPads.


+ They are cheap: There really isn't a lot of technology involved to justify a high price tag.


+ They don't require batteries (usually): A capacitive stylus can also be a digital stylus. I'm not sure whether these digital styluses are actually capacitive so I shall just use the term "capacitive" with quotes. For example, Adonit makes a lot of such styluses for iOS devices. These digital styluses require battery power. The battery power is used to simulate capacitance to work with a small tip. These digital styluses typically connect to the tablet via Bluetooth for extra features, e.g allows for the use of shortcut buttons on the side or pressure sensitivity.


- The tip is big and blocks off the lines beneath: Self explanatory.


- The tip is not as accurate as an active stylus: A capacitive stylus is not as accurate because the large tip blocks the line of sight with the lines produced. However, there's a stylus called the Adonit Jot Pro with a plastic disc that allows you to see through to the line and is extremely accurate.


- There is no palm rejection: The tablet can't really differentiate the stylus tip from your finger tips. So no easy way for the tablet or app to implement palm rejection perfectly. Apple Pencil seems to be the only stylus currently to have good palm rejection capability, but it's not 100% flawless either.
Drawing with capacitive stylus will involve lifting your hand from the screen to prevent stray strokes.


- There is no pressure sensitivity: There's no digitizer to sense the pressure you apply with the stylus so you don't get pressure sensitivity with capacitive styluses.


- Can have parallax error: Where the lines come out from beneath the tip depends on the angle the stylus is held at. That's why some drawing apps allow you to choose your hand posture. Sometimes, parallax may appear when the touch-screen is in portrait mode, not landscape mode, and sometimes it's the other way round.


- Digital "capacitive" stylus have jitter problem: The major downside of digital "capacitive" styluses is when drawing diagonal lines slowly, those lines tend to be affected by jitter and appear wavy. Some stylus will exhibit more obvious jitter while others less. This affects accuracy and is often a deal breaker for artists who demand accuracy. This problem only affects digital styluses. And such digital stylus are only created for specific devices.

* What is an active pen/stylus?

by John Doe

An active pen (available only for compatible devices) is a special stylus that allows for more natural handwriting. Usually an active pen supports:

  • pressure sensitive input
  • differentiating between pen and finger touch
  • one or more side buttons
  • detecting the pen hovering above the display
  • eraser tip on some active pens

Using an active pen with Squid allows for:

  • pressure sensitive (natural) handwriting
  • write with the pen, erase with your finger ¹
  • palm rejection by ignoring finger/hand touch when the pen is in range
  • hold the pen side button and flick left/right to undo/redo ²
  • hold the pen side button and flick up/down to access the tool picker/color picker  ²
  • use an alternate tool while holding the pen side button ¹ ²
  • erase using the opposite end of the pen ¹ ³
¹ Configurable in the Squid settings. 
² Unfortunately, the side button functionality does not work on Chromebooks.
³ Available on active pens with an eraser tip.

Active Pen Enabled Devices

Device manufacturers often have a branded active pen that is compatible with their devices. Some active pens can be used across devices from different manufacturers. This is because they use the same underlying active pen technology. There are currently two major active pen technologies for Android and Chromebooks: Wacom EMR and Wacom AES.

Wacom EMR


A Wacom EMR pen/stylus is powered wirelessly when near the screen and does not require a battery. Popular Wacom EMR pens include:
  • Samsung S Pen
  • Staedtler Noris Digital

* How To Use a Stylus with Your Tablet

by John Doe

Tablets like the iPad, the Google Nexus 9, Samsung Galaxy Note series, and the Microsoft Surface Pro are incredibly useful mobile tools for productivity and entertainment. No matter whether you’re a confirmed Apple fanatic or Android user, whether you want to keep up with your calendar or watch movies on the go, or just read the latest bestseller, any of those devices can handle the same basic tasks.

But when you have something a little more graphically intensive in mind, like drawing your latest masterpiece or mind mapping the latest strategy meeting at work, you need a stylus. There are several different tools available, and they each have unique capabilities and drawbacks, so it’s important to define your needs before buying one.


Why a Stylus?

Mobility is a tablet’s main feature, so it might seem strange at first to add another peripheral to the mix. Before you dismiss the humble stylus as a bygone relic of the Palm Pilot era, consider how it can improve your overall tablet experience. Using a stylus (especially during long tablet sessions) can be much more comfortable than constantly jabbing the screen with your finger. It will also prevent most of those unsightly fingerprints all over the screen.


Apple iPad with Stylus

A stylus also allows a much greater degree of control, which is especially important for artists, designers, and sketchers — or even the doodlers. While apps are generally finger-friendly, with large buttons and easy-to-use interfaces, they aren’t perfect for everything — hence the popularity of Bluetooth keyboards for typing. Most artists don’t work with fingerpaints, so why would you try to create a digital masterpiece using only your fingers?

Apps like InspirePro (free), ArtStudio ($4.99), ProCreate ($5.99), and SketchBook Pro ($4.99) can help you create truly amazing works of art, but they’re part of the equation. Any decent drawing app will allow you to choose from a variety of tools such as pens, pencils, and chalk, as well as several different line thicknesses, but when you add a stylus you will have a more natural drawing experience and far greater control.

If you’re a student, you will probably need to take notes that go beyond standard text. Apps such as OneNote for Windows tablets, NotesPlus ($7.99) and Notability ($1.99) allow you to add handwritten drawings, charts, graphs, and diagrams to your notes, allowing you to capture all of the information presented in classroom lectures, not just the words. While apps like these feature line smoothing and shape insertion, a stylus can make note taking more comfortable during class and more readable later, while you’re cramming for your exam, because those drawings will be smoother and more precise.

Limitations/Device Considerations

Once you’ve decided that a stylus is right for you, you have to choose the right tablet for your needs — assuming of course that you don’t already own one.



Limitations/Device Considerations

Once you’ve decided that a stylus is right for you, you have to choose the right tablet for your needs — assuming of course that you don’t already own one.


* Using your smartphone is better with a stylus

by John Doe


Apple's Steve Jobs famously disliked the idea of using styluses with smartphones. But there are plenty of reasons to disregard his opinion. For one, your sausage fingers are imprecise and today's oversized phone screens make one-handed typing difficult, two problems that a stylus solves. Here are a few more reasons you should give the stylus another chance.

Once we make our case, you can pick up a stylus-equipped handset, like a member of Samsung's Galaxy Note series, or buy a cheap third-party stylus to use with your current device. Most of the latter, such as the LIBERRWAY Universal Touch Screen Capacitive Stylus ($6 for a 10-pack from Amazon) or the Friendly Swede Stylus Pen ($9 for a 3-pack from Amazon), will work with any touchscreen device—but just to be safe, make sure to double-check compatibility before you buy.


1. Enjoy easier swiping

A pointy little pen makes all of your screen interactions smoother and more intuitive. Think about signing digital documents, highlighting a phrase within a larger text, selecting a group of files, or jotting down handwritten notes. You can perform these motions with a finger, but you can do them more easily with a stylus. And this makes all of your actions speedier: You should find yourself flying through menus and option screens much more quickly.

In addition, Samsung has added some exclusive stylus functions to the Note 8. For example, you can now draw your own emojis, swipe over a video to create an animated GIF, scribble notes on the lock screen, and translate text on screen, among other abilities.

Plus, there's a cold-weather bonus: A stylus lets you do all these things without removing your gloves.


2. Increase your accuracy

Look at your index finger—it's hardly the most exact of instruments, is it? And yet so much of what we do on a smartphone, whether it's tapping out a message on the keyboard or selecting a link on a webpage, requires precision.

The stylus's smaller tip can provide the accuracy you've been missing. From selecting blocks of text in an email to aligning a row of matching crystals in a game, a dedicated pointing device will give you an edge. Once you adopt it, you should find yourself typing faster and committing fewer errors, especially if you're working with a smaller screen where items are harder to hit.


3. Get detailed with art

When it comes to art apps, the experience of drawing with a stylus is far superior to that of scrawling with a finger. You can exert much more control over brush strokes and fine detail—you might even uncover your hidden creative talents.

Try an app like the free Adobe Photoshop Sketch (for Android and iOS), which lets you draw with a variety of brush types and apply a host of effects. Another leading option is Autodesk SketchBook (for Android and iOS), which provides a few more sketching tools, including a ruler and a shape drawer. While unlocking the full SketchBook toolset requires a one-time payment of $5, you can still access plenty of brushes and tools for free.

Beyond drawing, if you edit any photos or videos on your phone, a stylus lets you select pixels with greater precision. This makes it much easier to select exactly the right color or cleanly cut out a background.


4. Keep your screen clear

Clean smartphones don't take long to morph into smeared, fingerprint-covered messes. That grime can obscure what you're trying to view on the screen: Watching movies on your big handset isn't as much fun when you have to peer at the action through the layer of grit left by your hands. You can avoid this look if you stick to your stylus.

This isn't only about looks. Almost every smartphone carries a host of germs, but touching it with a stylus instead of your grubby fingers will prevent you from constantly contaminating it with bacteria.

Beyond smudges, your fingers not only smear up the screen, but also obscure what you're looking at as you interact with your apps. For example, pulling up subtitles on Netflix with your fingers can make you miss a lot of the action as you tap around the screen. A stylus covers far less.


5. Hop around a big screen

While a stylus can give you more accuracy on a smaller screen, it can also help you navigate a bigger screen—particularly if you have smaller hands.

With smartphones continuing to grow in size, and front-facing bezels now shrinking away into nothing, your fingers have to perform all kinds of gymnastics to stretch from one side of the display to the other. But a stylus can reach farther, allowing you to easily type and swipe no matter how small your hands are.


Of course, to operate a large handset, you'll still need to employ two hands. But when it comes to tasks like scrolling down webpages or tapping icons at opposite ends of the display, a stylus makes life much easier.

* Ciscle Active Rechargeable Stylus with 2mm tip review

by John Doe

The new active rechargeable stylus from Ciscle is an upgrade on their previous active stylus. The body is made of good quality aluminium. It’s shaped like a carpenters pencil (i.e. oblong), which is a comfortable fit in hand.  14cm is a good length for most users and longer than some other stylii at the same price.

This is Ciscle Active Rechargable Stylus

It has no programmable buttons, nor does it connect with Bluetooth. Charging for 2 hours gives a full 24 hours of use. This gave over 3 days actual use before needing to be connected via the supplied USB cable for re-charge.

The writing experience is very smooth and it feels natural and fast for both writing and drawing. At £25 in UK it is also good value. The 2mm fine tip has a very good action on most screens we tested and the capacitive intensity can be adjusted for personal taste.

This shows the variable capacitive Active Rechargeable Stylus

HOWEVER, before buying you should make sure your tablet or phone is compatible. It works with most touch screen devices including: Apple iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus, iPad 1 / 2 / 3 / 4, iPad mini 1 / 2 / 3 / 4, Samsung Galaxy, Huawei, HTC, Google and LG . It is NOT compatible with some newer tablets, namely Apple iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7″, iPad Pro 12.9″, Microsoft Surface and electromagnetic screens.

Pack of contents with Ciscle Active Rechargeable Stylus

All in all a very good stylus for the money as long as it works with your tablet or phone (see above).

Short Review:

This is a mid-priced stylus that is active, but does not have Bluetooth for features such as palm rejection. Despite this it is a very competent device for writing and drawing as long as it’s compatible with your tablet/phone.

* Best stylus for iPad, iPad Pro or iPad mini

by John Doe

Apple Pencil 

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, by Apple itself. 

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, iPad Air or iPad mini you'll need to read on for your stylus needs.


Ciscle Disc Stylus

The Ciscle Disc Stylus is similar to the Adonit Jot Pro, but at a fraction of the cost. Like the Adonit, the Ciscle Disc has a clear, circular nib which is also replaceable. 

The body of the stylus is made of anodised aluminum, making it corrosion-resistant and strong, but not weighty. A useful feature of the pivoting tip is that the nib's barrel slides well into and locks within the pen, protecting the nib from falling out. 

This stylus is compatible with any touchscreen device, and even comes with a storage bag.


Adonit Jot Pro

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.



* Best Active Stylus: Sketch, Draw, and Write Efficiently

by John Doe

The perfect stylus to use with your android is the Ciscle electronic stylus. It’s well-suited for use with Samsung tablet, Android phones, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and LG. The only device that it cannot work with is windows system.

Available in an outstanding black color, this stylus is great for taking notes, drawing as well as writing. It has a 2-in-1 design featuring a copper tip and a fiber tip. If you want to be accurate and flexible when drawing or writing, the copper tip will come in handy. The fiber tip is recommended for use when the power is off. When you’re done using your stylus, you can keep in in the provided case for protection.

Ciscle electronic stylus also boasts effective power management. When fully charged, the stylus can work for 12 hours. When it runs low, you’ll need to charge it using the micro USB cable for at least 1 hour.


Ciscle is one of the best standalone active stylus pens on the market. It simply means that it does not require Bluetooth connectivity or apps for it to function. Made from a blend of copper and stainless steel, this stylus is compatible with android tablet, iPhone and iPad1/2. However, it cannot work with windows system.

The tip of this stylus is about 1.6 mm; hence, providing you with precision, control and excellent traction against your device. Ciscle stylus comes with a micro USB cable and supports a one-month standby time. We also like its power saving feature, which automatically switches the stylus off following 5 minutes of inactivity.


* About Stylus -- Let you know what is a stylus

by John Doe

What is a Stylus?

Also referred to as a touch pen, a stylus is a stick-shaped device used in operating touch screens. This could range from the touch screens for laptop to hand-held gadgets like PDAs, tablets and obviously, smartphones.

Styli feature soft, plastic-made cores with the outer shells made of tough materials so that they’re easy to hold. At the end of the soft core is a uniquely designed tip, which has to be placed on the touch screen so as to operate. The tip is also soft, a factor that prevents the stylus from damaging your screen. Put simply; a stylus serves as a substitute for your fingers. You can input commands or text without necessary using your fingers.


Advantages of Using a Stylus

A majority of individuals navigate their gadgets using finger gestures. This group of people consider using their fingers a highly intuitive process. However, using a stylus is a better choice in some instances.


For starters, using a stylus provides a high level of accuracy and precision. Sure, you can use your fingers, but they often touch too wide an area on the screen. In contrast, the fine tip of a stylus touches a very precise and small section. This way, you’re able to navigate your device with ease, especially when it comes to selecting the small-sized symbols on your screen. The precision that comes with using a stylus is particularly handy for artists and graphic designers who use sophisticated editing programs. Styli make it incredibly easy to move brushes among other tools, which would otherwise be difficult to navigate using an ordinary mouse.


With a stylus, you can perform a ton of functions on your screen including painting and drawing. In fact, it’s even possible to trace a paper directly onto your smartphone’s display. And if you’re using the stylus in conjunction with a graphics tablet, you’re free to adjust the size of your brush by altering the amount of pressure you exert with the stylus.


Another plus of a stylus is the fact that it will never leave the unsightly fingerprints that are left on your screen when you navigate using your fingers. Without a stylus, the display becomes covered in fingerprints so quickly that it becomes difficult to read. This is an important feature, particularly for persons who use their smart devices outdoors.


Also, fingerprints make it harder to view text and graphics in bright daylight. With a stylus, the screen will always be sparkling, allowing you to navigate your device at any time; be it in the wee hours of the night or daytime.