The question arises whether there are any stylus pens which can do better than other ones. There are many brands out there and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages.

So what’s the difference between them?

First of all, it is important to understand that these are not just styluses for writing on paper or digital devices. With the help of these devices, you can easily tap and swipe through your favorite applications or games.

Some of the styluses have extra features too. Like for instance, the BoxWave stylus has a very thin and pointed end for intricate tapping and games like Angry Birds. There are some which can be clipped onto your device as well.

The other main consideration is whether you want an active or passive stylus. Both of them have their own pros and cons. Let’s see what they are.

Passive Stylus

The passive stylus resembles the other end of a ballpoint pen. It is made of rubber and has a string attached to it. You attach the other end of the string to the side of your iPad or any other tablet. This is one the most popular types of styluses because of its convenience and ease of use. You won’t have to charge it at all. The only thing you need to do is to keep it clean.

Active Stylus

The active stylus needs to be charged. It is powered by a small battery which needs to be attached to the device with Bluetooth. It works in a similar way to your finger. It can also be connected to any capacitive device. The battery life of these styluses varies from brand to brand.

Some people have complained that it dies out pretty quickly.

So which one is better?

The answer is neither. It entirely depends on what you are looking for. If you are expecting your stylus to last for a longer period of time, then go for the active one. On the other hand, if you are looking for convenience and ease of use, then a passive stylus is the way to go.

Best Stylus For Drawing On Ipad: Universal or Specific?

Like the name suggests, the universal styli can be used for different purposes. Some of them can be used with touchscreens while others are designed especially for digital art and drawing.

The ones which can be used for drawing usually come with extra features like a brush, pencil and eraser. So if you want to save some money and don’t mind switching back and forth between different apps, then the universal ones are a better choice.

On the other hand, the specific ones are amazing for doing digital art and they are a bit easier to use as well. The only disadvantage is that they aren’t entirely universal.

Are There Any Other Factors?

Although most manufacturers use the term “capacitive stylus” you should always check the description and the features of the specific ones before you buy. This is because some of them are not entirely capacitive and work with a specific touchscreen.

Capacitive screens are not the same as the resistive touchscreen. So the capacitive styli which work with resistive screens may not work properly with a capacitive screen.

The best advice is to check out the product description and the features before you make your purchase.

My Final Thoughts

Finally, the most important thing is how well your stylus works. Hopefully, this list has made that part a little easier for you. There are a lot of popular options out there for capacitive styluses. These are just some of the best ones which I could find. So now it is up to you to pick the right one.


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