iPad Stylus

I’m still using my iPad in my daily work. In my post about replacing my marble notebook and pen with my iPad, I wrote about the Noteshelf app and a stylus (by the way, that post was published in iBusiness magazine! You can read the post here). I’ve settled on a different stylus from the one I described in my original post and I wanted to tell you about it.

I should tell you first that I am really into pens; I have a beautiful pen case on my desk (a gift from my parents) to display my special writing instruments. I’ve received some pens as gifts, special fountain pens and roller balls that are a pleasure to write with. So the feel of the stylus I use daily with my iPad is important to me.

The styli I originally used were thinner than a normal pen and were ok. I just didn’t love them. I went to stores looking for alternatives but didn’t see anything that moved me to buy. The styli didn’t feel right in my hand and I didn’t love the way it felt when I wrote on the iPad.

I visited the Noteshelf forum on their website, looking for stylus suggestions, and learned about the AluPen from JustMobile. JustMobile makes beautiful accessories out of aluminum and the stylus looked really interesting to me. The AluPen is a thick, chunky stylus that looks great and, according to the people who use it, feels wonderful in your hand and writing on the iPad. I bought one and immediately loved it! It’s heavier than the skinny styli i had before, provides a great precise writing experience on the iPad screen and comes in multiple colors. You can see it on the manufacturer’s website here.

Even though the rubber nib looks bulky, the AluPen writes/draws precisely on the iPad. In addition to writing like a pen in the Noteshelf app, the stylus works great sketching in the drawing apps too. The soft rubber provides a nice drag so it feels good to use it on the screen. And when the rubber tip came off, my email to the company asking for help was answered promptly, telling me what to do: I used my fingernail to put it back together.

Here’s what it looks like.iPad Styli


I’ve bought my AluPens on amazon.com; the prices are good and, as a Prime member, I get them shipped free with two day delivery. I have two, one for home and one for the office, and I’ve given four as gifts. Each AluPen costs around $20, some less depending on the color. I urge you to give it a try if you don’t love the stylus you have now or want to use your iPad to take notes.

Have fun. And do let me know about your stylus experience.


  1. tbldevelopment on November 23, 2011 at 6:04 am

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  2. Alli Flowers on January 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Do these also have the ubiquitous soft rubber tip? I find I prefer the Jot stylus because it does not have that rubber tip. So you won’t start out pressing lightly for fear of smushing the tip, and then suddenly finding yourself sticking to your tablet.

    • mike on January 16, 2012 at 11:16 am

      I know what you mean about the rubber tip and I have had that experience as well with the other stylii I;ve tried..The ALU Pen tips tend to be firmer and I’ve not had that smushing issue with any of the ALUs I’ve used. I will check out the Jot too, thanks!

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