* How To Use a Stylus with Your Tablet

03/26/2019
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.

 

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I have a Apple pad with the Ciscle stylus pen, I would like to purchase the tips to the pens as the pens are just fine, but when looking on the internet they are selling just the pens and not the tips. Do you sell them on their own or...
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