Hello, my name is Julie Strietelmeier and I’m a stylus addict. I like all types of styluses, plastic styluses, metal styluses, wooden styluses, styluses with a rubber tip, styluses with a disc tip and styluses with a paintbrush tip. But the Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition is the first stylus I’ve tried for iOS devices that has a tip with a fine point. That’s because most capacitive styluses and Bluetooth pressure sensitive styluses for iOS devices have tips that are not at all similar to a pen or pencil tip. They are typically too wide for natural writing and drawing. The Jot Script stylus changes that and I was very excited to try one.
The Jot Script has an aluminum barrel with a power button in the middle and a ribbed grip. The end cap unscrews to reveal the battery compartment. The stylus is powered by a standard AAA lithium battery which is included with the package. The stylus powers off automatically after inactivity and one AAA battery will provide up to 16 hours of pen-on-screen time.
The biggest advantage of the Jot Script stylus over a regular stylus is the size of the tip. The Jot’s tip has a 1.9mm diameter versus a 6.0mm diameter tip found on a lot of generic rubber tipped styluses like the Targus stylus you see next to the Jot Script in the image above.
The Jot’s tip is made out of Polyethylene terephthalate, which is a hard material. It is not springy or soft. It feels like you’re writing with a glass or metal tip. The tip is not intended to be replaced, but if for some reason if it would become damaged, it can be replaced.
When you compare the Jot next to other capacitive styluses, the only other stylus that has a similarly sized tip is the Samsung S-Pen found in the Galaxy Note series of Android smartphones.
Unfortunately, the S-Pen only works with Samsung Galaxy Note devices and the Adonit Jot Script will only work with iOS devices.
Setting up the Jot to work to with my iPad mini (1st gen) was very simple. I just activated Bluetooth on the mini and then I installed one of the 4 compatible apps that are currently available: PenUltimate (Free), Noteshelf ($5.99), ZoomNotes ($4.99) and GoodNotes. I performed my testing with the Jot Script using PenUltimate as it is the preferred app for this stylus and is free. Penultimate is Evernote’s award-winning handwriting application for digital note-taking. You can find more information about this application by visiting the Penultimate website.
The stylus will work in other apps, but advanced features like palm rejection, pressure sensitivity and shortcuts are only available in the apps that have incorporated the Jot SDK. That said, the only advanced feature currently available in any of the 4 supported apps is palm rejection.
There’s no pairing required or any hoops to jump through to connect the stylus to the tablet. Just turn Bluetooth on, and then hold the power button on the stylus until you see the green LED light up on the barrel. That’s it.
The Jot Script features Pixelpoint technology which places the ink point directly under the tip and improves the overall control on the screen.
The Jot Script provides a more comfortable pen-like writing feel of any stylus I’ve used on an iOS device so far. The PenUltimate app even offers a palm rejection feature (they call it wrist protection) so that you can rest your hand on the screen as you write, making it feel even more natural. I did find that I needed to turn off multi-task gestures for palm rejection to work correctly. As a lefty I also had some issues with the notification screen automatically pulling down from the top edge of the screen while I was trying to write.
If you’ve ever tried to write with a regular stylus, you’ve probably run into the issue where your dotted i’s and periods are ignored. The Jot Script does a MUCH better job of detecting these quick taps. It’s not 100% accurate, but it’s close.
Since the stylus tip is so narrow and the “ink” point pretty much directly under the tip, it allows you to do very small writing and detailed drawings. The only thing I would change about this stylus, other than making it compatible for Android devices, is to give the tip a little bit of resistance. The glass on glass feel is a bit slippery. I prefer the S-Pen feel, which is every so slightly draggy. Just enough to make you feel like you have a bit more control as you write.
I think the Adonit Jot Script stylus is definitely a good step in the evolution of styluses for iOS devices. Hopefully the fine tip feature will trickle down into other devices soon!