Daughter Judie Handmade Sterling Silver Styli Review

Product Requirements:
Device:
Compaq iPAQ and HP 540 Series Pocket PCs

Are you an iPAQ or HP Pocket PC owner and also the type of person that likes to spoil themselves? Or maybe you know
an iPAQ or HP owner and are looking for that special gift for them and money
really is no object. Regardless as to which category you fall into, I have the perfect
accessory for you to consider. It is a Daughter
Judie Handmade Sterling Silver Stylus
available thru StylusCentral. Yes, you read
that correctly, it is made of sterling silver. And I’m not talking a brass core
with plating, this stylus is solid silver.

First a little history behind the Daughter Judie Styli… Several months ago,
Judie (that’s right, the same Judie Clark that writes terrific reviews here)
sent me an email saying that she wished she could have a better stylus for her
HP Pocket PC. She didn’t really like the light weight stock “tongue
depressor” stylus that was included with her PDA. She wanted to look into
having something custom made. I told her it sounded like a cool idea and that I
wanted one too!  So she had her husband check out some of the local machine
shops in their town. After speaking with different people, he found out that the
cost would be pretty steep to have them made of a material such as aluminum. So
next Judie approached a local jewelry craftsman to see what he thought of the idea
of making a silver stylus. The price that he quoted her was pretty similar to
the price to have them made of aluminum, so of course she decided to go with silver!
Both Judie and the craftsman became excited about the possibility of creating
them for sale to the public. She asked me what I thought about it, and I said go
for it! They partnered together and several weeks later, the first Daughter Judie Sterling Sliver HP
Stylus was born. Later Judie acquired an iPAQ and had to have a custom silver
stylus for it too. So the iPAQ version was designed.

These styli have been molded into the shape of the original factory stylus.
Each one is individually cast, hand finished and polished.  Then, a proper
fit is assured individually to either the iPAQ silo or HP flip lid slot. Each
stylus takes several hours to create.

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The HP 540 series stylus which comes in either a polished version or textured
matte version fits into the flip cover perfectly. Because it is heavier than the
stock stylus, it may have a tendency to rattle. I only notice this when I would
shake the PDA pretty vigorously though.

The holder for the HP stylus is built into the flip cover and uses friction
to keep the stylus in place. Because it rubs against the plastic flip cover when you insert and
remove it, it is likely that you may scuff it up. The matte version can be
‘repaired’ by gently rubbing steel wool on the affected areas.

It is nice and heavy and feels great in your hand. It feels more balanced
than the stock stylus.

The HP stylus can be customized by having a gemstone set in it, or by having
it cast in 14k white or yellow gold, and platinum. Of course, there will be an
extra charge for these features. Engraving of up to 4 letters is free.

The iPAQ stylus is also an exact replica of the original. It is made to fit
the silo and to pop out when you press the release button. The first time I
tried to use my silver iPAQ stylus, it got stuck in the silo. It took me a
little wiggling and pulling to get it out. Come to find out that not all iPAQ
silos are created equal. The way the catch mechanism is situated on the inside
of the PDA can be a bit different from unit to unit. I found that just a little
bit of pressure on the body of the stylus (I couldn’t even tell that I did anything
really….) fixed it so that it now pops out perfectly every time.

This stylus also feels nice in your hand. It weighs .8oz (23g) and is nicely
balanced.

There’s one feature of these styli that I really like that is going to sound
a little wacky, but oh well…. These styli use white tips that are
semi-transparent. I found that when I use them, they kind of glow from the light
that the screen gives off. It makes seeing the tip really easy to see and I’ve
come to really like it.

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The tips are also pointier than other stylus tips I’ve used. Both the iPAQ
and HP versions write really well on the PDA screen.

Some of you might be asking about the possibility of the silver tarnishing.
I’ve been using the iPAQ version every day for a couple weeks and it shows no
signs at all of tarnishing. I’ve had the HP stylus for several months and have
not used it at all lately… it’s also tarnish free.

Like the Daughter Judie HP stylus, the iPAQ stylus can also be customized. It
too can be cast in 14k white or yellow gold, and platinum. You can also have
gemstones set into the top of the stylus. Doing this causes there to be a small
‘cap’ to the stylus that sticks up slightly (the styli without gemstones stick
up the same amount as the original stylus which is very little). Every case I’ve used has not had a
problem with this extra length though.

Some of the gemstones that will be available are: topaz, citrine, amethyst,
garnet: faceted or cabochon – for the same TBA price. Other stones, such as
emeralds, diamonds, rubies, sapphire, tourmaline, turquoise, amber: faceted as
well as cabochon will be available as custom jobs.

I love my amethyst stylus which you can see below. To the right is Judie’s stylus
with an emerald cabochon (domed shaped stone) set in the top.

The Daughter Judie Handmade Sterling Silver Styli are very finely crafted. Of
course they aren’t for everyone due to the cost, but if you’ve got the bucks,
you’ll appreciate the quality.

iPAQ version available in 1 month. HP version available now.

Price: $79.95 (Gemstones added for an additional
charge… price is still to be determined.)
Engraving of up to 4 letters is free.

Pros:
Well balanced
Nice stylus tip
Elegant
Customization options

Cons:

Expensive
Soft silver can scuff

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Product Information

Price:$79.95
Manufacturer:Stylus Central
Pros:
  • Well balanced
  • Nice stylus tip
  • Elegant
  • Customization options 
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Soft silver can scuff
15 comments… add one
  • Julie May 7, 2003, 3:27 am

    Post your comments here on the Streamzap PC Remote Review.

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/streamzap-review.html

    Just click the POST REPLY button on this page.

  • CK99 May 7, 2003, 3:06 pm

    Is it possible to use the IR receiver to wirelessly sync a pocketpc with Activesync?

  • Julie May 7, 2003, 3:31 pm

    Good question. I never even considered that it might! I’ll give that a try tonight and see if it works.

  • denivan May 7, 2003, 5:25 pm

    For those with a SonyEricsson T68i and a bluetooth enabled PC, use this freeware tool : http://www.christersson.org/software_pccontrol.asp

    It’ll turn your phone into a remote which is great for using when playing songs in winamp or playing movies in mediaplayer. It’s also great for PowerPoint presentations and…it has a higher geek factor ! :wow:

  • kstuart May 7, 2003, 8:53 pm

    ATI (the people who make the top-rated Graphics Card) also make a very similar product, except that it uses RF instead of IR, and thus does not have to be aimed at the PC – in fact, RF can usually be used through a wall, allowing one to control a PC app (such as DVD player or CD player) from the next room.

    ATI’s remote is included with most of their “All-In-Wonder” line of Graphics Cards.

  • mphickmanjr May 8, 2003, 1:38 am

    In response to CK99, I know that you can sync through IR attached to serial port, but I’m not sure if it will work with USB. It should, since it is an IR connection regardless…

    And in response to kstuart, the ATI Remote Wonder will work whether there is an ATI Radeon card installed or not. You used to be able to purchase them separately for around $50, but at last check they were out of stock, but this is an awesome remote…

  • Julie May 8, 2003, 2:40 am

    Sorry guys, no luck getting the IR receiver to allow me to sync a Pocket PC. I couldn’t figure out what comport the module was actually using. I looked in XPs system hardware properties, but I ran into a deadend. Allowing ActiveSync to search for an available comport didn’t work either… 😮

  • kappasig_gn_1304 May 9, 2003, 9:10 am

    Are you able to use the cursor keys to navigate menus inside a DVD movie on a player like Inter-Video or ATI?

    And what good are the number buttons? Are you able to type in a number of a song in WinAmp or something and have it go straight to that song?

  • Julie May 9, 2003, 12:16 pm

    You can use the nav pad to move your cursor around in any app, just like a mouse.

    The number pad seems useless to me…

  • Sneezer May 9, 2003, 7:15 pm

    I have the Radeon 8500 AIW 128mb card, and I can say that the ATI remote is great. It has full mouse control of your pointer, which is pretty neat. Works very well with the ATI software suite bundled with the card, but the remote software is customizable to pull up any app. The RF feature is great, no line of sight needed. Also no interference with my RF Logitech keyboard and mouse either. The remote also feels pretty solid in your hand, and came with batteries.

  • jpeskin May 10, 2003, 7:57 pm

    Originally posted by CK99
    Is it possible to use the IR receiver to wirelessly sync a pocketpc with Activesync?

    I’m afriad the IrDA protocol used by most hand-helds is not compatible with remote control (long range) infrared signals. So I’m sorry but this is not possible.

    Jonah
    Streamzap, Inc.

  • jpeskin May 10, 2003, 8:03 pm

    Originally posted by kappasig_gn_1304
    [B]Are you able to use the cursor keys to navigate menus inside a DVD movie on a player like Inter-Video or ATI?

    And what good are the number buttons? Are you able to type in a number of a song in WinAmp or something and have it go straight to that song? [/B]

    Yes, you can use the arrow keys to navigate through DVD programs like InterVideo’s WinDVD, PowerDVD, ATI MultiMediaCenter, etc. Typically, the arrow buttons act much like the arrow buttons on your keyboard.

    The number keys are not useful in most applications, but they are VERY helpful in some. For example:

    Winamp3: you can type in the track number and go directly to that song (this requires our plugin for winamp3)

    Hauppage WinTV : select TV channels

    PowerPoint: Go to a paricular slide number

    some DVD programs: select DVD chapter number

    ATI MultiMediaCenter: select TV channel, and some other features

    Jonah
    Streamzap, Inc.

  • jpeskin May 10, 2003, 8:05 pm

    Originally posted by kstuart
    [B]ATI (the people who make the top-rated Graphics Card) also make a very similar product, except that it uses RF instead of IR, and thus does not have to be aimed at the PC – in fact, RF can usually be used through a wall, allowing one to control a PC app (such as DVD player or CD player) from the next room.

    ATI’s remote is included with most of their “All-In-Wonder” line of Graphics Cards. [/B]

    Keep in mind that there is a key advantage with infrared:

    If you have a learning Universal Remote, you can learn our infrared codes. Then you can control your PC using your own universal remote.

    You won’t be able to do that with ATI.

    Also, consider that ATI’s primary motivation is supporting their own MultiMediaCenter software. They occasionally support other software, but that’s not their focus.

    If you want the freedom to use as many programs as possible, then Streamzap is for you.

    Jonah
    Streamzap, Inc.

  • The Reader May 12, 2003, 7:45 pm

    What a POS product, I’d have to agree with the review. Looks like the type of stuff you’d find in Walmart electronics section.

  • mphickmanjr May 13, 2003, 12:22 am

    Originally posted by jpeskin
    [B]I’m afriad the IrDA protocol used by most hand-helds is not compatible with remote control (long range) infrared signals. So I’m sorry but this is not possible.

    Jonah
    Streamzap, Inc. [/B]

    Jonah, I’m not sure if you mean that it won’t work with your USB IR receiver, but you can ActiveSync with IR using a serial adapter. I’ve done so myself when I ran out of USB ports.

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