When the iPad launched in Canada only a few months ago, many users were expecting some type of stylus device to be available at launch. While the majority of users enjoyed the touch interface and full keyboard, some users preferred a pointing device that wasn’t their finger.
AluPen by Just Mobile
Soon after the launch, many accessory makers began designing a stylus device for the iPad. The common feature among all of the stylus devices was that they all looked relatively the same and were not all that intriguing, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
To stand out from the crowd, Just Mobile has created a new stylus device for the iPad called the AluPen. The AluPen is a chunky pencil-shaped stylus that gives users good control over their iDevice, but mostly their iPad.
Aside from using the AluPen as a text input device, which is ideal for the portrait iPad keyboard, the AluPen is a great device for drawing or painting apps as well! While a users finger is a great pointing device, the control and precision that comes from a stylus is unmatched.
The AluPen is sculpted from aluminum with a soft rubber tip, making the stylus feel and look very unique from many other stylus devices. For being aluminum, the AluPen is surprisingly comfortable.
The rubber tip works very well on the screen of an iDevice (very responsive), whether it is the large iPad display or smaller iPhone/iPod display. The rubber material also ensures that the stylus does not damage the display of your precious iDevice.
I have used a few stylus devices on my iPad, mostly just to try them out, but I never kept them around for more than a few days. The AluPen however has become my new pointing device for the iPad portrait keyboard and for drawing apps.
If you’re looking for a very elegant solution for a stylus/pointing device that provides precision and a small portable size, the Just Mobile AluPen is available for $19.95 from the Just Mobile online store. While the price is not bad, the shipping is rather expensive, so keep that in mind.
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