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What we love…

looks nice, great range of color options, has a nice weight, size and feel to it, retractable tip, small tip size, no sharp edges, pocket clip, replacement tips available at a reasonable cost, eco-friendly design.


Does not work with screen protectors, won’t work if you press too lightly.


If you are looking for a stylus that looks and feels like a good quality ballpoint pen, and you don’t use a screen protector, the Hand stylus is a good choice.

Our Rating


The Hand Stylus was created by San Francisco, California based Steve King. Steve couldn’t find a stylus that incorporated all the features he wanted so he decided to invent one himself. As well as having all the features he was looking for Steve also wanted to make it as a green a product as possible. The Hand Stylus and its packaging are made from recycled or easily recyclable materials.

Of all the styluses I have come across the Hand Stylus is most like a ballpoint pen. It looks and feels like a high quality pen, complete with pocket clip and retractable nib. It is made of anodized aluminum and comes in a choice of six different colors: blue, pink, orange, green, red and black. The pocket clip is made of stainless steel so it will cling to the iPads magnets, and it is removable if you prefer a stylus without a clip.

The 3 things that make this different from most other rubber-tip styluses are: the tip is only 4mm diameter – the smallest rubber tip on the market; it is retractable to protect the tip; and the tips are replaceable. You can buy tins of 6 extra stylus tips for $9.95. The tip also rotates every time you retract the tip to help it wear more evenly.

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The Hand Stylus in Use

The stylus feels nice to hold- it has a nice weight to it, is well balanced and feels like holding a quality pen. The stylus has been machine tumbled too so there are no sharp edges- even if the tip were to come off it should not scratch the screen.

If you use a iPad case with a built-in screen protector I’d stop reading now- it did not work at all  when I tested it with 2 cases with built-in screen protectors- the Otterbox Defender and the Trident Kraken. The rest of my testing was done on a “naked” screen.

blue stylusWhen writing or drawing with the hand stylus it does slide across the screen well – better than other traditional rubber -tipped styluses I’ve tried. It is designed to work with some pressure on the stylus – like writing with a pen on paper. If you hold it too lightly against the screen it will not register but with light pressure it works well. Because the tip is smaller than a traditional stylus you can see better to do more detailed work (though the actual size of the line drawn is the same – that depends on the app and the response of the touch screen not the size of the tip). The small tip is also useful when typing or clicking on links on the small screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch – it is easier to accurately touch small areas.

blue stylusOverall, this is a really nice stylus if you don’t use a screen protector. The things I like about this stylus are : looks nice; great range of color options; has a nice weight, size and feel to it; retractable tip; no sharp edges to scratch the screen; pocket clip – makes it easy to keep handy; small tip size makes detailed work easier; replacement tips available at a reasonable cost and it’s eco-friendly design. However, I would not recommend the stylus for use with screen protectors or to anyone who doesn’t like to apply some pressure when using the stylus.

If you are looking for a stylus that looks and feels like a good quality ballpoint pen, and you don’t use a screen protector, I would recommend the Hand stylus . If you prefer to use a case with a screen protector I’d suggest the Adonit Jot Pro instead.

The Hand Stylus is available from for $29.95, replacement tips are $9.95 for 6

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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