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Stylus Alternatives for Apple Pencil

As you know, the #PaperlessMovement is all about going paperless, paperless note-taking and productivity. Today I think it is time to talk a little bit more about the hardware side of note-taking. I will tell you my personal opinion about those alternative styluses that are offered by Wacom and Adonit you can buy instead of an Apple Pencil. I tested them for 6 months and came to a brutally honest conclusion.

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Okay, of course, everybody knows the Apple Pencil, but there are so many other styluses out there claiming to be awesome if used with an iPad, that I needed to test at least some of them! Actually, all of those I checked are cheaper than the Apple Pencil. However, some have a very close price tag.

I hope you’re sitting tight. Here is what I think:

Adonit Pixel Pro

It claims to be perfect for the iPad Pro. However, once I connected it to my iPad Pro 12.9 2017 (which at least was an easy task to do) the excitement was lost as soon I started to draw something in Procreate. The Bluetooth connection was not very stable in my opinion. The lines I drew were not straight and even showed gaps, and palm rejection was…well all that was rejected, was the stylus from my Bluthooth devices after I tested it…but not my palm during writing. My friends, this is a “no go”! This stylus costs nearly the same as an Apple Pencil, and yes, it has a button that can be programmed for undo, redo, etc. But…I don’t care about a button, if I cannot draw a simple line with it, without losing my nerves.

Adonit Pixel Pro

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Adonit Pixel

The Adonit Pixel is a little bit cheaper than the Adonit Pixel Pro and is sold for the “normal” iPad 2017 and older. So it is for those people who don’t own an iPad Pro and still wanted to write with a proper stylus. But, and it is a big BUT, with the iPad 2018, we have Apple Pencil support. So guys and girls…all I said about the Adonit Pixel Pro apply to this one too. In my opinion, spend a little extra and go for an Apple Pencil.

Adonit Pixel

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Wacom Bamboo Sketch

Ok, so far we have seen Adonit products. What about Wacom, a very established company if it comes down to high-quality digital drawing boards for professional illustrators and designers. Oh boy, what a letting down. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I am very open minded and started all those tests as objective as I possibly could be, but what we have here is just nothing you should even bother with. Same thing, no proper palm rejection, no perfect lines, not worth the money.

Wacom Bamboo Sketch

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Adonit Jot Pro 3 (Passive Stylus)

I did an in-depth video review for this stylus already (here). And I still think it is an excellent stylus if you need one for your iPhone. But if you own an iPad 2018 or an iPad Pro, don’t even think to get a passive stylus. Especially not one that has such a high price tag! Why? Because of the lack of palm rejection. I believe this is indeed one of the most important things, to be able to lay down your hand on the tablet and write like on a piece of paper (which even feels like paper with the PaperLike screen protector applied, that I will discuss a little bit further down).

Adonit Jot Pro 3

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Mixoo (Passive Stylus)

If you really want to save money and just need a stylus for a little bit of drawing around, tabbing and surfing the internet, then get this one for about ten bugs, here at Amazon, and you made a good deal there! It does everything the Adonit Jot Pro 3 passive Stylus does and even has additional features such as interchangeable tips.

Mixoo Stylus

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If you own an iPad Pro or the new iPad 2018, then go and get the Apple Pencil. This is all I have to say here. Really, don’t waste your money on any other stylus. As soon you can test the Apple Pencil on a friend’s iPad you will start crying about the money you lost. However, I have to admit, I am a little bit sorry for Adonit and Wacom though. Clearly, they supplied us for a very long time the only way to use a stylus with an iPad. But with the release of the Apple Pencil, they either need to improve their products from the ground up to be more reliable, making them a lot cheaper or just give up trying to compete. Sounds hard? Well, I don’t think Apple will make it easy for those companies to get access to the parts of iOS that makes the Apple Pencil as excellent as it is. If you say, “TOM, you are just a blinded ‘Apple Fanboy’ I don’t believe you!” then please go and have a read on Amazon here and here what other people say about those styluses.


Do you agree/disagree? Any other experiences with those styluses?
Let us discuss this in the comments below!

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