My collection of capacitive styluses continues to grow as I find new ones to try. The latest additions are the Series 200 and Series 300 GoSmart STYLUS from GoSmart. I don’t want to spoil the review, but I think I have found my new favorite stylus…
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The GoSmart STYLUS comes in two styles. The Series 200 and Series 300. The pointy rocket shaped stylus above is the Series 300, while the normal shaped stylus is the Series 200. Both are made of what feels like a nicely weighted solid bar of aerospace-grade aluminum that has been finished with a sandblasted texture.
Both styluses feature a metal open crosshair shaped Teflon-coated tip.
I don’t use screen protectors on my iPad, but according to GoSmart, their Teflon coated tip allows it to write and draw smoothly even on “sticky” screen protectors like those by Zagg.
The tip is attached to the stylus shaft by a stiff spring.
Here’s a comparison shot of the GoSmart STYLUS (series 200) between the Adonit Jot Pro and LOGiiX Diamond Styluses. Both the Adonit and LOGiiX feature a plastic tip. The Adonit’s tip is on a ball joint and can swivel freely in all directions, while the LOGiiX tip is on a spring which allows it to flex. Of the two, the GoSmart’s tip is most like the LOGiiX. But it’s superior in feel and performance.
Magnets in the shaft of the stylus allow it to stick to the outside of the iPad’s smart cover. The magnets themselves actually stick out of the shaft though, which some people might not like. I was worried that they would get in the way of my gripping the stylus, but they haven’t bothered me yet. That said, I wish they were flush with the shaft. I’m almost tempted to try sanding them down…
I spent the day switching between the Adonit, LOGiiX and GoSmart STYLUSes while writing and doodling on my iPad in various apps like SketchBook Pro and PhatPad. I found the GoSmart STYLUS to have the smoothest action of the three. It glided much better across the screen than the other two. I had always thought the other two were very smooth, but the GoSmart is noticeably smoother. Using this stylus, I can write smaller text and draw finer details, which is helped further with the open design of the stylus tip.
My only wish for this stylus is that it had replaceable tips. If you somehow damage the tip on the GoSmart, you’ll just have to buy a brand new stylus. That seems like a waste.
The GoSmart STYLUS 200 Series is my new favorite capacitive stylus. I prefer it over the 300 series because the weapon shaped 300 Series just seems odd to me. Both perform equally well as styluses though, so if you like the look of the 300 over the 200, go for it. You will not be disappointed.