The iPad is known to be primarily a finger driven device, but it seems to be creating a revival of the stylus. Why? People who enjoy drawing and sketching want a tool to make it easier. We’ve been reviewing several styli since the iPad’s release and today I have another. It’s the oStylus Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus. They are actually still in the pre-production and pre-order stages. I know we normally don’t review prototypes here on The Gadgeteer, but I am making an exception due to the unique design of this particular product. Just be aware that the production version of the oStylus might not exactly match what I display here in this review.
The oStylus has a sandblasted anodized aluminum handle, with a titanium wire holder for the tip. The tip is made of stainless steel in the shape of an O. An engraved vertical line on the O helps to give it cross hair type accuracy because you will see the “ink” dot in the center of the O as you draw.
The O swivels on the wire holder and as you can see from the image above, the bottom surface has an O-ring pad affixed to it. The pad is made of vinyl and allows the stylus to float across the iPad’s display without any drag or friction. Included with each stylus are some replacement vinyl rings. The material is the same as used for car and bus advertising, so it should be very long lasting.
Using the oStylus to draw and sketch does feel slightly awkward at first because you need to keep the O flat on the display in order to make the necessary contact with the screen. Since the O swivels, it is not hard to do, but it just seems weird at first.
Unlike the other styli that I’ve reviewed so far, the oStylus allows you to more easily see what you’re drawing. As you drag it around the screen, the ink dot will be in the center of the O. Other styli can get in the way of the ink because the tip is so large. This is the best feature of the oStylus in my opinion. It’s similar to the Dagi Stylus that Jackie reviewed recently in that regard.
The construction of the oStylus is very fine. I guess it should be considering that it was designed and partially handmade by jewelry makers. The handle is smooth and comfortable, with a nice weight to it.
I made a short video demonstrating the oStylus. Take a look…
The only ‘bad’ thing about the oStylus is the price. It’s $75, which is quite a bit to spend on a stylus. However, that’s the current pre-production pricing for this first batch of 250 styli that have been created. Hopefully the price will come down… I also wish that some type of protective holder was included with it. It’s too nice to just leave laying around when it’s not being used.
All in all, I will say that this is the best capacitive stylus that I’ve reviewed so far, and at the moment, it’s my favorite. Do you use a stylus with your iPad? If so, which one is your favorite?
Update 10/29/10 – The price has dropped to $37.50