Palm III, IIIx, IIIc, VII
The Pentopia Chameleon Stylus Pen from Pilot (available at Stylus
Central and other retailers) is a very well made and feature-packed stylus. It has a spring-loaded tip, ink pen, and reset pen all in one. It also comes in three versions: Palm III series, Palm V series, and Handspring Visor.
When I first held the Chameleon, it felt rather cheap. This is because of its weight. It is lighter than the stock stylus that came with my Palm IIIc, even though it has a pen. I thought having a pen incorporated into the barrel would make it heavier, but I think that’s the reason it’s lighter. In fact, I think the barrel of the Chameleon is made out of plastic (I just realized that from writing this review, that’s how unnoticeable it is).
The reason someone would buy this stylus is probably for the features; my favorite being the spring-loaded tip. Even though I have yet to actually use a Floating Point, from the reviews I’ve read it seems to me like it really feels like you are writing on paper. This is not the case with the Chameleon. The tip in this baby is pretty stiff, but hopefully it will become looser through time. Even though the tip is stiff, I still get better recognition than with my stock Palm stylus. Also, the springs make the Chameleon feel like it’s stuck to the screen, unlike the stock Palm stylus that feels like a stone hitting another stone. Still, it doesn’t feel like writing on paper.
Another feature of the Chameleon is the pen that is produced when you twist the cap off. When you do this, you have a very small piece of plastic that you could easily loose if there wasn’t this cool feature: you can twist the cap of the stylus onto the end of the spring-loaded tip. This way, the cap won’t get lost and the stylus is long enough to be comfortable. The ink from the pen comes out pretty well, but it leaves some blotches here-and-there. Overall, the pen is a welcome feature to an already nice stylus.
So what happens when you run out of ink? Well, that’s simple- you replace the cartridge. To do this, you twist off the stylus tip. This exposes the reset pen. You then insert the reset pen into a hole that’s on the side of the stylus cap, and unscrew the reset pen. After that, you press the pen against a hard surface and the cartridge comes out. Then you reverse the steps to insert a new one. This seems rather hard, but once you do it yourself, you’ll see how simple it is.
The last feature is the reset pen. Not much to say about this, other than the fact it’s made out of metal. The reset pen on my stock Palm stylus is very flimsy, but the Chameleon’s is stronger. You access the reset pen by unscrewing the tip.
I really like the Chameleon, and I recommend it to anyone that wants a pen and a stylus that fits into their PDA’s stylus solo. Even though the spring-loaded tip doesn’t feel like you’re writing on paper, it did improve my accuracy quite a bit. This stylus is very well made and you can get them in cool colors like neon blue!
Metal reset pen
Fits into the PDA’s stylus solo
Tip doesn’t feel like you’re writing on paper
Lighter than the stock Palm stylus
On the expensive side