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nchristine
Jul 12, 2012

Is a stylus actually useful on mobile devices, or just another unnecessary thing to carry around?

How do styluses actually work? I have an HTC One, and for the most part using my fingers to type or otherwise interact with the screen works ok. Maybe I just have big, clumsy fingers or something, but I still get frustrated with mistakes while typing and entering info. I was thinking about trying out a stylus, but I don't want to just waste $30-40. So have people with "finger challenges" found styluses helpful? Also, are there many differences between the various brands or are they all essentially the same?

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kimyung
12/28/2012

They have the potential to be useful, depending on your needs. For artists they can be a great tool. However, Zojirushi NP-HBC10 they probably will be more of an aggravation for others who might not actually need to use a stylus. In your case, you might want to consider getting a bluetooth keyboard or a cover that includes a keyboard. Either option will help you type faster and more accurately than a stylus.

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zerepdivad
07/23/2012

I don't personally think they're necessary unless you're doing some drawing or taking notes.  Unless of course you purchase some of the off brand chinese tablets or phones then a stylus is almost a necessity because of their poor touch screen response.

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ricky0702
07/21/2012

I don't hate the stylus, its a nice/great inclusion to have the option of using it, especially with the fact that it allows for precise input for artists or note-taking.How useful is a stylus for your smartphone?

becker
07/13/2012

 

In my opinion, Bamboo is the standard for a stylus.  Perhaps you have been looking at a Bamboo, because they are a little more expensive but you mentioned $30-$40, which would get you one.  There are a lot of cheaper options out there if you don't want to spend that much, but for the most part I think you get what you pay for.

 

If you I like to use it with my tablet when I am sitting at my desk, but that is where it lives.  I never take it with me for the reason mentioned in the question - it is one more thing for me to try keep track of, and may track record is not very good in that respect.  For the most part I don't consider it necessary, it is more of a luxury.  When I am drawing, it does come in handy, so there are times when I have to sketch something that it actually is a useful tool.  One thing that I have noticed with different brands of stylus is how different the nib feels moving across a touch screen.  There was one I tried (forget the brand) that felt like it was dragging, which I hated.  I suggest that you try to test some out to see which you like, but if you have to get one without trying it out, go with a Bamboo stylus.  

 

jimlynch
07/12/2012
They have the potential to be useful, depending on your needs. For artists they can be a great tool. However, they probably will be more of an aggravation for others who might not actually need to use a stylus.

In your case, you might want to consider getting a bluetooth keyboard or a cover that includes a keyboard. Either option will help you type faster and more accurately than a stylus.
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