Which is the Best Stylus for writing and drawing on my tablet?

Upward view of petticoats made of lines drawn with finger or stylus
Which is the Stylus Best for You?

What’s this? A worm’s eye view of layers of petticoats. Each petticoat was drawn with varying pressure on finger or stylus on an iPad or a Galaxy Note 8 tablet.

Petticoat petticoat tell me true.

Which is the stylus best for you?

Do you like a variable line?

Finger Painting

You can draw with your finger on all touch screens. (Well, provided you’re using the right drawing or painting app and settings.) Finger painting, however, gives a flat unvarying line, however hard or lightly you may press.

Best Stylus for Writing, Drawing and Painting on an iPad

What’s the best stylus for an iPad?

If you have an iPad, you can go pressure sensitive with a special stylus. Wacom Intuos Creative is about the best stylus that is pressure sensitive of the Apple compatible bunch. These Apple-friendly jobs have to be battery powered – and they are quite expensive. Most have a wide squashy tip. This, like your finger, tends to hide the point at which you’re painting. Sorry to say so, but I’ve also found my Intuos Creative a bit draggy.

Styli for iPads and Android tablets
My Tablet Drawing Tools
Left to Right: for iPad: Pogo, 2 Wacom Bamboo, Intuos Creative. For Android: 2 S Pens for Galaxy Notes 8 & 3, 2 Bamboo Feel, soft and firm. For desktop: Intuos 4.

Drawing with a Stylus on an Android Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note series and some other tablets have a special layer built into the screen. This allows a pressure sensitive stylus to operate better and without a  battery.

A Galaxy Note stylus can also have a firm pointed end. This makes writing easy and allows for precision drawing like a pen or pencil. The S Pen comes slotted into the Samsung Galaxy Notes and is ideal for quick jottings. For extra speed and sensitivity, do try the Wacom Bamboo Feel . It’s by far the best stylus of them all. The Bamboo Feel just glides along, and even gives you a choice of hard or soft nibs.

You can also set up some painting apps like Autodesk Sketchbook to allow you to rest the heel of your hand on the screen while drawing with a pressure sensitive stylus.

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Valerie Beeby

We used to say 'Seeing is believing'. Now it's more like 'Believing is seeing'. We see what we expect to see. Look again and who knows. Does it really match what's actually there? ...I've always been fascinated by how our minds work. As a writer and artist, I'm particularly interested in new research into how we perceive this extraordinary world we live in, where things are not always what they seem.

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