I recently had the opportunity to test out the Stilo fine tip stylus and it is the most ‘pen-like’ experience I have found to date. It both looks and feels more like using a pen than other styluses I have used. Traditional styluses have a wide rubber tip but the Stilo has a fine (1.9mm) soft plastic tip.
The Stilo can be used with or without a screen protector and you can purchase an optional “Precision Film” designed to be used with it. I tested the Stilo with a variety of models of iPad and with an iPhone 5, I tested the Precision Film with the iPad Air 2.
Right out of the box it looks and feels like a good quality ballpoint pen. The end of the barrel unscrews to allow you to insert the AAA battery that powers it. It has a small cap that covers the tip, this can be stored on the other end when not in use. It has a discrete on/off switch on the barrel, to use it you must switch it on, in off mode the iPad/ iPhone won’t recognize it at all.
This is a stick-on screen protector available from StiloPen.com for $19.99. It is designed to work with the Stilo. I installed it on my iPad Air 2.
The screen protector comes with a small screen cleaning cloth to clean the screen before application, and a small squeegee to help remove the bubbles. Even though I cleaned the screen I did get a couple of pieces of dust that fell onto the screen as I was applying, so there were a few small bubbles around them that I could not get rid of. Apart from that all the rest of the bubbles came out pretty easily. I did find that with the screen protector on my screen does get much more fingerprint smudges than my native iPad screen. Apart from the fingerprints the screen protector did not seem to cause any problems with using the iPad – the screen was still very responsive. In general I do prefer tempered glass screen protectors to adhesive films, as they feel much more like the native iOS screen, but to get that pen to paper feel you do need a more pliable surface and the Precision Film worked well for this purpose.
Without the precision film it works fine but does feel a little strange as the plastic tip does slide on the glass iPad/ iPhone screen. When using the Stilo with the Precision Film it does feel very different than using it with a naked screen, it feels much more like having a pen on paper as the screen gives slightly as you press on it.
There is a very slight lag when using the Stilo, how much depends on the speed of your pen stroke. I found at my typical writing speed the ink line was typically about 2-3mm behind the Stilo whilst in motion, if I wrote more slowly the lag was virtually gone, if faster it was a little larger. It worked well through a variety of angles.
It is very easy to switch the Stilo and and off as the switch is close to where you naturally hold it, but it is virtually flush if the barrel so doesn’t interfere at all with your grip. The Stilo will go to sleep if unused for 5 minutes to conserve the battery. Another feature of the Stilo is you can adjust the sensitivity by screwing the tip in or out, this can be useful when using other types of screen protector.
Overall, the Stilo is a great stylus. It has the look and feel of a high quality ballpoint or roller-ball pen, and when used with the Precision Film it feels much more like a using a real pen on paper than any other stylus I have used. Its fine, 1.9mm, tip makes it much easier to do detailed work than a traditional stylus, it runs on a AAA battery and does not need a Bluetooth connection. It can be used with or without the Precision Film, though the feel is better with the film.
Stilo is available from Stilopen.com or Amazon RRP $69.99, the Precision Film is available from Stilopen.com RRP $19.99.
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.
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).