Can anyone recommend a good stylus for use with the iPad? I like the idea of a brush/pen combo so I've been looking at these two:

Sensu Brush

PenGo BrushPen

Any other recommendations welcome! Please feel free to share your experiences with whatever stylus you use, and you can also upload images of your art that were created using that stylus if you like, to help get a visual reference of what can be done with that stylus. Thank you in advance!

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I have tried a couple of the other stylus mention here, but use the Adonit Jot Pro on my iPad Air and never had problems with scratches. I do not have a plastic screen protector, which may scratch more easily than the bare screen. However, I always clean my screen before I use it. I also have an iPad Pro and the Apple pencil. There isn't thing that compare to this combination. They are amazing. So if you can possibly save to buy these then go for it!

Thaneeya McArdle said:

Thank you Margaret and Richard for your input!

The review you found was quite comprehensive, Richard, and that did help wrap my head around all the styli out there. There are so many it was mind-boggling! And they're always coming out with new ones.

Margaret, I purchased Procreate the other day after reading your recommendation and I LOVE it! I've been fingerpainting with it while I figured out which stylus to get. The Procreate forums were indeed helpful (particularly this thread).

I did hours of research on different styli and purchased 2 (Pogo Connect and GoSmart). I thought I'd share my notes here in case anyone finds it helpful. These notes are based on product descriptions and user reviews, which were instrumental in helping me make my decision.

* Pogo Connect - $62 - This is a pressure sensitive stylus, also referred to as a "smart" stylus. Some reviewers complained that it doesn't recognize light pressure very well. Others loved it. The nibs are replaceable, which is a plus and a must for a stylus at this price range, IMO. It's rather bulky and fat, like a crayon. The tip is not thin which makes precision difficult. Click here to see the Pogo Connect on Amazon.

* GoSmart Stylus - $25 - This stylus is an ideal tool for precision, as it allows you to draw fine lines exactly where you want them (unlike rubber tips where it can be hard to gauge where the line will go). The tip has a Teflon-coated circular thingie around it for precision so you can see where you're writing. The GoSmart 300 has weird rocket shape and the GoSmart 200 has pen shape, so I went with the 200. Click here to see the GoSmart Stylus on Amazon.

----- I want to be able to create both precise lines and painterly strokes so I decided to get the 2 above-mentioned styli to achieve those aims, as they are both very different styli with different 'specialties'. I was a little hesitant due to the combined cost but an artist needs good tools so I figured it was worth the investment.

Here are some others that I considered:

* Sensu Brush - $40 - This stylus has a brush on one end, and a traditional rubber-tipped stylus on the other end. It gets both good and bad reviews. The good reviews say that the Sensu is better than any other stylus brush. The bad reviews say that the brush's sensitivity wears away relatively quickly (within weeks of regular use). Neither tips are replaceable. Click here to see the Sensu Brush on Amazon.

* Pengo BrushPen - $30 - This stylus has a brush on one end, and a stylus on other. It comes with 2 stylus nibs in 2 sizes (6mm and 8mm). The brush can get frayed and doesn't look as nice as the bristles on the Sensu Brush. Click here to see the Pengo BrushPen on Amazon.

* Pogo Sketch Pro - $20 - Reviewers say that this stylus feels good and it's not too bulky like other styli which feel fat like crayons. The tips are replaceable. A fair amount of people complain that it falls apart quickly and uploaded pics of their frayed rubber tips, which is why I decided to pass on this one. Click here to see the Pogo Sketch Pro on Amazon.

* Adonit Jot Pro - $30 - This stylus is built for precision. It has a plastic disc on the end to help you see where the point us. It's excellent for detail. However, an alarming number of reviewers wrote that using this stylus resulted in scratches on their iPad screen. It seems that the plastic disc is susceptible to catching tiny pieces of grit which get dragged along with the stylus and result in scratches. I decided to avoid this one and chose the GoSmart Stylus instead, because the design of the GoSmart's disc makes it less susceptible to capturing grit.Click here to see the Adonit Jot Pro on Amazon.

* TruGlide - $16 - This stylus has a 6mm microfiber tip for smooth gliding. The tip is not replaceable. Users say it is smoother and more responsive than rubber-tipped styli. Not sure how good these are for art? Click here to see the TruGlide on Amazon.

* Hybrid - $9 - This stylus has a fiber/rubber hybrid tip and is noted for gliding smoothly. Not sure how good these are for art? Click here to see the Hybrid on Amazon.


Regarding SCRATCHES: Scratches are caused by grit caught between stylus/finger and the screen, not by the stylus itself. If there is grit caught in a cleaning cloth it can scratch an iPad as it is wiped across the screen. Screen protectors are recommended but these vary in quality and may cause skipping or alter the ability of the stylus in other ways.



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