"Redefines drawing and writing for smart devices"
When I first started painting on my iPhone, back in 2010, one thing in particular I loved was the return to the childlike pleasure of finger painting. It felt fun, natural and as though you were directly connected to your artwork. However, when I got into more serious painting, it started to feel cumbersome and inaccurate.
Fortunately for us there has always been a steady flow of new styli (styluses?) with which to abuse our credit cards. First we saw the foam-tipped Pogo and then the big rubber-tips, such as Just-Mobile's chunky AluPen. Then there was Adonit's JOT, a stylus which tried to solve the accuracy issue by utilising a transparent plastic disk. Then came the big boys, the expensive pressure sensitive Bluetooth styli that included rubber-tips (Pogo Connect, Wacom Intuos Creative) and the tappy-disks (JOT touch).
It's difficult to say definitively which are good and which are bad because every artist is different, and we have our pet pens that we swear by. The web is full of forums with artists arguing about which are good, bad and ugly.
Upon the release of the first Surface Pro, we were gifted with an affordable tablet with, not only a pressure sensitive pen, but one with a precise pointed nib, and after using the pro for a year now, painting on the iPad or my Surface 2 can feel unwieldy.
Powered by a simple AAA battery (not those impossible to find AAAA), this is a stylus with a proper tip which seems to work on any touch device (I have used it on iPad, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, iPhone 5C, Lumia 520, and their website have a growing list including Samsung, Amazon and Nexus devices).
At 143 mm long, DotPen feels like a real pen and features a unique 1.9mm Active-Quill tip producing amazing fluid pin-point writing accuracy. Powered by a single AAA battery (not included), DotPen provides up to 12 hours of continuous latency-free drawing and writing use.
Funded by a Kickstarter, they have surpassed the necessary $25,000 needed to bring this little beauty to market. I have used the DotPen for a few weeks now, more time is needed for a more in depth review, but I have to say it seems to succeed where so many others fail.
If you're still looking for that truly accurate stylus, if you're not a fan of the foam/rubber-tips or tappy-disks, or if you just need one more stylus for your collection, then the DotPen could be what you need.
The precise 1.9mm tip of the DotPen