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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    10 Stars!!!!

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    Tracy
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    Okay, so that’s hyperbole, but seriously, this thing has changed my life. I am a writer and I’m old school, so I still write my first drafts by hand (in handwriting, you know, the stuff they no longer teach in school...). The Apple Pencil is perfect for this, and now my iPAD has finally successfully replaced my hard bound moleskines, a feat that I’ve been attempting for years but was unable to accomplish due to the lack of adequate handwriting ability with other styluses. There are abundant apps for this type of task, I.e. note taking/writing, and my favorite is Notability, with which theApple Pencil operates 100% seamlessly. I also use it to sketch on “Sketches Pro”, another excellent app for the Pencil. This thing is pressure sensitive and includes the capability to utilize the side of the pencil, as you would if you were lightly shading with a graphite pencil on regular drawing paper. I’m a little annoyed with the need for the adapter for charging, although you technically could (and I have) charge it through your iPAD lightning receptacle, but then you are using your IPAD power and can’t charge it while charging the pencil.....you see the problem. But it charges FAST, like I drive to work with it plugged into a charger in the car and it is 100% when I get there. So that’s awesome. And the charge lasts, sometimes for days, depending on use. I perceive (although I may be totally wrong) that it uses more charge on drawing apps than just writing notes. Anyway, I lost mine and had to immediately replace it, because the day I spent without it was completely disruptive to my work. I did add a silicone sleeve and a replacement lightning connector cap that functions as a regular stylus (the standard cap does NOT work as a stylus), which you can see in the photo (the sleeve is glow-in-the-dark...a great feature when I throw it in my bag and can’t find it later....). Got those through a certain online mega-retailer for next to nothing. If you think you want it, get the Apple Pencil. You won’t regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great "stylus" with some shortcomings.

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    Greg
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    To begin, I really love the experience off using the Apple Pencil with my iPad Pro. It would be great to see Apple expand the ability to use the Pencil with other versions of the iPad (although, that would reduce the utility and niche of the iPad Pro to a certain extent, in my opinion). While Apple touts the lack of lag in drawing or writing with the Pencil, there is a noticeable lag. This is not like writing with a pen on paper. With that being said, the lag is minimal and does not detract from the experience of using the Pencil. The Pencil is even weighted on one side so that it does not roll off the desk. You can also charge the pencil directly off the iPad Pro, and it charges very quickly. This is a great feature that is not available with other third-party stylus devices. With all that being said, I do have some minor annoyances with the Pencil. First, charging it off the iPad Pro is challenging on anything but a flat or stable surface as the Pencil literally sticks straight out the side of the iPad Pro. I am paranoid that I will either hit the Pencil or the iPad Pro will fall and the pencil will break right off from its lightning connector (potentially damaging the very expensive iPad Pro in the process). Given the use of inductive charging of devices these days, it would have been much nicer to see that as an option. That, or I would have preferred if charging would have occurred using a male-to-male dongle between the iPad and the Pencil. That would avoid the need for an adapter when using any lightning cable while also addressing my fear of breaking the Pencil while it dangles precariously off the side of the iPad Pro. There is a way to plug the Pencil into a lightning charger, but only by using a very small and easy-to-lose adapter (female-to-female). Also, when charging, there is no place for you to put the Pencil's very small and easy to lose cap. The cap attaches via a magnet to the top of the pencil, which is actually fun to play with when I'm bored or fidgeting at a meeting, but the magnet is not that strong... Meaning I can see how it would be easy to dislodge the cap in routine use or, more likely, transport, which would result in losing the cap entirely. There is nothing you can do with the small cap while charging the Pencil (unlike some other similar devices which allow you to attach the cap to the other side of the device while it is charging. One other thing about charging... I would be nice to be able to see somewhere on the pencil how much charge is left. Nothing is more annoying than going to use thee Pencil to find that it is not charged. Some LEDs on the side or something would have been appreciated. As it is now, I have no idea how much charge the Pencil has in it. The only way I know it needs to be charged is when it stops working entirely. Again, it charges quickly, but it is still a huge inconvenience. While I have not used many other similar devices, it is my understanding (from reading other reviews) that some of them allow the user to simply flip the device over and "erase" with the back end of the stylus (as opposed to having to select an eraser tool within the app you are using). That would have been a really nice feature for the Apple Pencil. If it really wants to replicate the use of a traditional pencil, the ability to quickly and easily erase mistakes is a must. That is not a feature of the Apple Pencil, however, which is too bad. Ultimately, the pencil is great to use with the iPad Pro and is probably the best stylus-like device I have used. I like the weight of the Pencil which seems just about right... It has just a little mass to it so that it feels good in the hand, but is not overly heavy or bulky. It feels like a pencil, actually (albeit a completely smooth cylindrical one). The Pencil did include an extra tip and the female-to-female lightning adapter to charge the Pencil through a traditional charger. Now, all I wish is that Apple had included something in the design of the iPad Pro (or one of its cases) that would allow me to carry the Pencil along with the iPad. As it is now, the Pencil does not connect to anything when it is not in use, meaning I have to physically carry the Pencil with me, separate from the iPad. It is essentially the shape of a pencil... Who carries a pencil with them? Usually, I have a pencil or a pen in my portfolio (which has a nice, little elastic strap for holding the writing utensil). Not so with the Apple Pencil, which does not fit comfortably in a pocket. At $100, the last thing I want is to lose, drop, or forget the Pencil somewhere because Apple did not consider it important enough to accommodate storage or transportation of the Pencil along with the iPad Pro. Just one more thing to consider.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cintiq replacement

    Posted
    Zoglow
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    The iPad Pro combined with the Apple Pencil works perfectly for MY needs. That is, for someone who doesn't like photoshop's ui but prefers Procreate's sleek design that doesn't get in the way of the art. My favorite pastime happens to be watching speed-paintings on YouTube, most of which use photoshop. Yet the actual techniques they use can mostly be done faster, smoother, and more naturally in Procreate. Now, I will admit that procreate is a very FOCUSED app, and so you may have to switch apps to add text, but that said, Savage Interactive is very present on Procreate's forums, where users can suggest features. So it won't be long before Procreate is perfected. But if you feel chained to photoshop you still have some wonderful options. The app 'Astropad,' which mirrors your Mac's screen, is designed for artists from the ground up, and supports both the pressure and tilt sensitivity of the Apple Pencil. At the moment I am working on making a webcomic exclusively on the iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil, which you can follow at: http://theipadartistsjourney.blogspot.com/ I am not planning on even using Astropad, since that requires an external computer. So if you are interested in this being your only computer, definitely check that out. As for the actual experience of drawing with the Pencil, I think it is wonderful. Tilt makes shading such a natural experience, and the palm rejection is a blessing. My only complaint is that the Pencil does not have a strong enough magnet to stick to the iPad itself, but only to the extremely expensive Smart Cover. Surprisingly I haven't lost it yet, though. If you have any questions, comment on one of my blogposts; I'll be happy to answer them. Also, if you want to watch the speed-paintings of the pictures I included and more made with the Apple Pencil, check out my YouTube channel : https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCvSNAqg9OG_zrs7yODiNY-w

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Stellar design - lacks full UI/swipe functionality

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    vond
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    If this weren't an Apple product, this pencil would easily warrant at least 4 stars just due to the minimal yet confident feel of the device, and the sheer joy it is to use in conjunction with the iPad Pro. Unfortunately, they left some pretty big gaps in the UI which leads to a proportionally poor UX which I can't ignore BECAUSE of the fact that they're Apple. So much that I am actually sitting here writing a review about it instead of using the undefined and altogether priceless moments of my life to do something - ANYTHING else more substantially fulfilling. But here we are. The quick & dirty: this is a $95 proprietary Bluetooth device (which is about 300% more expensive than other active styli' you can find on Amazon with more cross/functionality) and it doesn't even perform the full range of swipe functions that you can a.) do with your finger (which defeats the purpose of using a styli and b.) that other cheaper off-brand CAN DO with not only the iPad Pro but other Apple devices as well (in this case, my iPhone 7+). I mean seriously - with the probable $50M worth of product and software development that went into this thing, you designed it with only 70% of the capacity to function seamlessly with the DEVICE IT WAS DESIGNED for?! Go try one for yourself at your nearest Best Buy or Apple store. See if you can edge-swipe in with the Apple Pencil as you would with your fingers, or other, cheaper active styli. See if you can resize images/screenshots with the precision of the laser precision tip, or if you have to bring your fingertip into the equation and risk putting fingerprints all over your pristine screen - which is a large part of why you bought the styli in the FIRST PLACE. If it sounds like I'm a bit jaded, it's because I am. I expected better of you, Apple. For the sum of $95, I should never have to lay a finger on my screen outside of the seldom-occurring desire to remind myself how satisfyingly smooth the oleophobic crystal glass is to the touch. Does it do everything else you would anticipate the Apple Pencil to do? Yes. Beautifully, at that. But this UI/UX oversight is just inexcusable in my book with consideration to who made this product and its price point. So would I recommend this to a friend? No. For that much money, you can do better, Apple. As consumers, we deserve better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The creative tool I was hoping for since 2009

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    sewercat
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    When the iPad was initially announced lot of us in creative fields were hoping for a cintiq killer- a $600 mobile touchscreen device that would run OS X and provide a viable alternative from the $2000 Wacom Cintiq. We were disappointed over and over again as it became clear that Apple was only interested in making a consumption device and we were left at the mercy of Wacom's monopoly in worthwhile drawing tablets. Finally the device I wa hoping for has arrived. I can say that the Apple pencil is, by far, the best digital drawing tool I've ever found. I've owned and either sold or returned a 13" cintiq, a 22" cintiq (each of which cost more than twice as much as the iPad pro and stylus) a number of intuos tablets, a Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 and every pressure sensitive iPad stylus under the sun. This one is really the best. The latency, pressure sensitivity, palm rejection no overall feel all work amazingly well. Though I initially wanted a full desktop OS so that I could run photoshop, I can honestly say that the apps available right now, right out of the gate blow away anything I could do on a 13 inch cintiq with a full blown desktop app.The multitouch ruler in the notes app is incredibly handy. Procreate,53, and Adobe sketch are all very well thought out for drawing and painting and eliminate the endless battle to figure out how to get the keyboard shortcuts I needed without having to setup an actual keyboard on my sofa. It eliminates the weird neckstrain of leaning on my drawing arm while trying to reposition the keyboard in a better way when at a desk. I simply don't need a keyboard anymore because the requisite tools are all within a couple of taps. I draw on the iPad and sync to the desktop. My only critique would be that there's no eraser on the top, but rather a charger,but it's a fairly minor thing to tap on an eraser tool vs flip the pen around.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pencil is a must-have

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    nickcal
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    The Apple Pencil is just awesome. I used to draw years ago, but over the years I backed away from it because I hated storing my work just to have it destroyed by a simple crease in the paper. Plus, I just did not have the time for it the hassle of it all — keeping drawing utensils ready, paper stocked, etc. Now, that I have the Apple Pencil, I feel like I’ve gained that time back because I can be out and about and with a few minutes here and there, I can pull open Procreate or Affinity Photo on my iPad Pro and sketch something really cool. So, why do I like the Apple Pencil more than the average stylus? It’s because it’s so close to using a ‘real’ pencil. The iPad and the Pencil work so well together that even slight pressure differences are detected and interpreted correctly on the screen. It’s so close to a real pencil that you won’t want to use anything else when drafting digital masterpieces. Charging the Apple Pencil is easy. It comes with an adapter in the box that lets you plug into a Lightning cable and then you can plug the Pencil into it to charge or if you are on the go, you simply plug it into your iPad for a few minutes and you’re good to go. In addition to drawing, the Pencil is also great for taking hand-written notes and marking PDFs up. The only complaint I have is that when you set the Pencil down on a table or desk, it tends to roll away and the cap that covers the Lightning port can easily be lost as it only connects to the Pencil through a magnet. In my opinion, the Pencil is worth the pricey investment if you want to get the most out of your iPad Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As good as you've heard

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    BobInVA
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    I've always been intrigued by the idea of inking with a stylus. I started off using the ones that you get for free or very little, the ones with the soft, bulbous tip. They work, but that's about all I'd say. From there, I "splurged" on those stylii with a clear disc on the end. First I bought a no-name, and then got the Adonis Jot. The Jot was way better than any other I'd tried, and together with the wonderful app named Good Notes 4, I was really getting into digital ink. Then I heard that Apple had added support for the pencil to their entry-level iPad. I decided to go for it, and I bought the new iPad and Pencil. Wow! This Pencil is simply amazing! There's absolutely no lag, and writing is smooth and effortless. Palm rejection works perfectly, so I didn't have to focus on how to hold my hand to make it work. This was finally the stylus I'd been waiting for. It is simply better than anything else out there, and best of all, you don't have to do anything to get it to work. Simply plug it in to your iPad and it's paired and ready. I wish that Apple had put some effort into making it easier to keep with your iPad. It's perfectly round, which means it'll roll away. They did add some off-center weighting inside to prevent, which is really cool, but doesn't work as well as you'd like. Even something like a pen clip at the top would be helpful. Instead, in typical Apple fashion, you'll have to turn to the after-market for solutions. Nonetheless, I really love my Pencil. If you have a need for the Apple Pencil, I don't think you'll be disappointed. From pressure sensitivity to shading to its sheer accuracy, this is one of those times when Apple just got it right!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really works great

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    sgsg
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    The pencil is one of the main reasons I decided to jump on board with the 2018 iPad 9.7 and am very glad apple has made the pencil work with this model. It is amazing when using with either the built in apple notes app or with some of the other note taking apps I have tried, most notably Notability. GoodNotes is also definitely worth a look. There were many reviews on YouTube for how to use the iPad for note taking and examining the pros and cons and use cases for different note taking apps. I keep my iPad near me as I work on the computer and keep a new note open and start taking notes when I am working on something. I can then organize those notes either in th note apps or in Evernote or whatever you are using. I’m finding this adds up to not looking up the same info more than once and is really a useful workflow for me, of course ymmv. My niece loves art and uses her iPad Pro with the pencil to reall Y do amazing things, it can be like drawing, water colors, crayons, paint, it’s amazing if you are an artist, she really loves it, I’m convinced apple has made a tool that really is like a pencil, it just works amazingly. Yes it’s expensive but this isn’t a stylus, this thing, however they do it, really produces paper like results. One thing to consider, I have added a third party paper like screen protector to my iPad that makes using the pencil on the screen feel more natural, it really makes a difference to have a little grit on the screen when taking notes and making diagrams. This does however unfortunat side affect of slightly altering the appearance of the beautiful iPad screen making it appear more mat, I’m adapting to this very well, it is a trade off but worth trying if you use the pencil a lot, I think it’s worthwhile, In summary it really makes the iPad a unique and interesting tool and I’m loving what it can do.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent pen for iPad Pro

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    Vichar
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    IMPORTANT NOTE: This product ONLY works with an iPad Pro. It does not work with any other tablet. When Apple announced the Apple Pencil I was really excited. I ran out immediately to get an iPad Pro. The Pencil was much harder to get a hold of. It was sold out everywhere but I just happened to catch a store that had just received a shipment and order it online. The Pencil itself is a good weight and size. I've used Wacom and NTrig digital pens before, and the Pencil compares favorably with them. There is no eraser on the back, and there are no buttons, which is both a good and bad thing (I'm always accidentally pressing the button on my Wacom pens). The Pencil itself is rechargable, and talks to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth. My iPad Pro told me the % charge remaining on the device, which was nice. However, I HATE the way the Pencil charges by sticking into the side of the iPad. It's awkward and nearly impossible on an airplane. Thankfully, the Pencil comes with an adapter that lets you charge the Pencil using the iPad charger. This is what I usually rate pens on: LATENCY: There is little to no lag on the Pencil, but this varies depending on the software program you're running. About the same as Wacom and NTrig. ACCURACY: The mark was made directly under the Pencil's tip, as far as I could see, allowing for the thickness of the screen on an iPad Pro (which is pretty thin). This is slightly superior to the Wacom products which need to be calibrated and even then are still never quite correct. NTrig is just as accurate. NEAR EDGES: Wacom pens are really bad near the edges of the screen but the Pencil was just fine. I didn't notice any drop in performance at the edge. SOFTWARE: This is where Pencil and iPad Pro are lacking. I just couldn't find a drawing program that was as robust as Photoshop on my PC using my Cintiq. Maybe I'm just used to drawing with those tools. Still, this is a hardware review so I'm not docking any points. After all the Pencil is a fairly new product and we can assume that software makers will soon release versions of their drawing programs that are specifically written for the Pencil.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great companion to the iPad Pro

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    Eddie
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    I was very reluctant purchasing the iPad Pro 9.7. Reasons? Well the screen resolution is just like the iPad Air2, iOS9 still looks the same, and let's face it, it's pretty expensive! But when I used the Apple Pencil to do drawing and sketches (I used the excellent apps Procreate and Autodesk’s Graphic), it gave me a much better reason to purchase one, as well as the pencil. The Apple pencil is truly a great addition to any graphic artist (or anyone else who likes to draw or take notes) who happens to own an iPad Pro. Unlike my previous stylus from Bonobo, this “pencil” was accurate to the T. Very responsive in regards to both drawing and handwriting. What's more impressive is that there is hardly a lag when drawing (I didn’t notice any lag in any of the apps used except for Procreate….but it was very, VERY, hard to detect). In addition pairing it with my iPad Pro was a breeze! The Bonobo was not only hard to pair, but every time I I would try to use it with most apps, I would have to re-pair it with that particular app! Very annoying. As for cosmetics? I have read that some people feel that it is too long, too heavy, and too slippery. For me (I have long fingers) none of these were a problems of it being to heavy or too long. As for it being slippery, if my hands are greasy then yes it can be a bit challenging to hold it to draw accurately, but for the most part I have not experienced anything drastic that would cause me problems. The only thing that stands out as a con would be the lack of an eraser at the butt end. Sure, you could just tap the eraser icon for any graphics program to enable the tip of the pencil to act as an eraser, but the Bonobo I had had an eraser, and it saved some time in drawing or even writing something down. Please note it's no deal breaker though, but it would have been a nice feature. Speaking of the butt end, this is where it charges via lightning port. And it charges FAST! At one time I only had about 5% of battery life (you can check this under notifications on your iPad). When I plugged it into the end of my iPad, it took about 7minutes to charge back to 100%, maybe even shorter! There is a small white cap that protects the connector. Please keep this within reach because it is easy to loose one of these as expressed from other reviewers. Overall I am very happy with the Apple Pencil. It’s definitely a great companion to the iPad Pro when drawing. Yes it's a bit steep in price, but with the absence of headaches that I have experienced with other styluses, it's worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best "Stylus" Ever!

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    ChadStyle
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    I am admittedly an Apple fan. I'm a graphic designer and have typically used a Wacom Cintiq tablet paired with my Retina MacBook Pro or my iMac. When the original iPad came out, I had dreamed of creating amazing art with it. I was wrong and it was pure junk for artists. Years later, enter the iPad Pro. I had actually been shopping for Microsoft Surface Pro tablets but found mixed reviews and I'm not a fan of Windows. I got my hands on the iPad Pro on launch day but had to search high and low for the Apple Pencil. I'm so glad I did! Very low latency..almost none on certain apps. The feel is fantastic and pressure sensitivity is perfect. There are no settings for the Pencil but luckily Apple nailed it so I don't have the need to adjust it at all. That said, I've had it a few days now and I'm in love. I'm creating cool art on the fly for my clients and just having fun drawing again. It's been a really long time since art was this fun. I know $99 isn't cheap for a "stylus" but this one is worth every penny. I hope this helps some potential buyers that may be on the fence. Will you magically be transformed into an award winning artist? No way. Will you love using it if you enjoy art? Absolutely!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best electronic/tablet pencil!

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    CaptK
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    So I was in the Apple Store playing around with the new iPad Pro's. Those (the Pro's--specifically the 9.7" tablet) are amazing. But the folks at the Apple Store suggested that if one is going to get an iPad Pro one will also want the Apple Pencil because so many of the upgrades to the iPad Pro make the Pencil a must. After playing with the Pro's and the Pencils, I was sold! Admittedly, the Pencil would be a must-have device for anyone who is into art or graphic design. It seemed like those at the Apple Store and at Best Buy who strongly endorsed and encouraged the Pencil were either artistic or into graphic design. I'm not into either thing so I worried that buying the Pencil would just be a pricey and potentially unnecessary accessory. I was wrong. Perhaps unlike some, I'm not super quick at typing with the keyboard on my iPad. But using the Apple Notes app and other apps (Notability and a few others) I have found that I can simply turn my iPad into a notepad and write my notes by hand and with amazing accuracy. In addition, when reviewing PDF documents I can write on (or sign) the document with incredible accuracy as though I had printed the document and used a pen. And, at a recent meeting, I was asked by a few individuals to let them try writing on the tablet screen. They were amazed--as I have been. My wife loves her iPad Mini but has indicated that watching me use the Apple Pencil is almost enough for her to consider upgrading to the iPad Pro 9.7" tablet. It should go without saying but it is important to note that the Apple Pencil only works with an iPad Pro. I haven't found any exceptions. With an iPad Pro, the pencil not only allows one to draw or write electronically on the iPad screen it also works brilliantly as a stylus. With my previous iPads I would use the rubberized stylus pens. Those were nice but they are nothing like how amazing and versatile and accurate the Apple Pencil is.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nowhere near as good as professional solutions

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    gotgadgets
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    It seems most everyone reviewing the Apple Pencil seems to love it, but I have to wonder how many of them have actually used a professional quality pen. Because the Apple Pencil just doesn't measure up. First, let me address reliability. I'm on my third Pencil in six months. The first one was DOA, and the second wildly intermittent. It would work for a couple weeks then just quit. Apple was no help -- they wouldn't even try to diagnose the problem because each time I took it into the Apple Store it would work just fine. Finally by going to an authorized third party reseller I was able to get it replaced. Second, let's talk about ergonomics. As someone with a minor touch of arthritis, even at my age, it's difficult to hold for long periods of time. If it was just a bit bigger it would be much easier to use. Nearly all other solutions out there (Wacom, Surface, etc.) don't cause me the discomfort that the Pencil does. Third, feel... using this feels nothing like working on paper. It's very clearly plastic on glass, and that affects the experience. The Wacom and Surface solutions absolutely do feel like paper, or at least something other than a slick piece of glass. And there's some weird bounce thing going on with the Pencil. It registers multiple touches often when I only intend to tap once. And it isn't a software thing -- I can physically feel the vibration in the Pencil itself, so I know it is actually touching the screen twice. It's quite disconcerting. And lastly, the lack of eraser and side button is a huge omission. Toggling between pen and eraser tools is not an acceptable solution. Being able to press a button under your finger or flipping the device over works so much better. It's pretty clear Apple wasn't really trying to build a professional tool here, because they omitted so many of the capabilities of what really are pro solutions. It's rather disappointing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Stylus, Horrible Design

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    Scott
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    As a stylus, the Apple Pencil is great. Virtually zero lag when writing/drawing and the palm rejection works well. It'll be great for students, artists, and business users. The design of the Apple Pencil, however, leaves much to be desired. Take for example charging it with the iPad Pro's lightning port. That's just BEGGING to have the lightning connector on the Pencil snap off and get stuck in the charging port for your Pro. If they would have rotated the connector about 90 degrees and made it so it could fold at a right angle, the pencil could sit along the bottom edge of the Pro. It would still extend past the edge, but it would be better than what they do now. Another option would have been to use the Smart Connector so if the keyboard wasn't connected, it could charge the Pencil. The same goes for cap for the lightning connector on the Pencil, which will get set down while the device is charging, and forgotten, accidentally knocked on the floor and lost, or something else. Same goes for the adapter to let you plug the Pencil into a standard lightning cable. Then there's the Pencil itself, which is free floating. Microsoft had the right idea with the Surface Pro 4 to make one of the sides magnetic to hold the stylus. It wasn't perfect, but it was a far sight better than Apple's zero consideration for this aspect. Finally, I think Apple missed an opportunity Microsoft capitalized on with the Surface Pro 4 stylus. When you flip the Surface Pro stylus upside down, it functions as an eraser, just like a pencil. It's very intuitive and natural for anyone who grew up using real pencils. The Apple Pencil doesn't do this in my testing. You have to select a special erase tool and then use the "writing" tip of the Pencil, which is very counter-intuitive. All in all, I'd say Apple is about 90% there. If they "borrowed" a few ideas from Microsoft, and fixed a couple small design issues, they'd have a truly great product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Jenna
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    Ever since I got my first iPad (iPad 2) I have been looking for the one stylus to use to optimize studying and productivity. I've looked to many styluses and have done lots of research over the years trying new stylus and always going back to the cheap general soft tip stylus. Adonit and bamboo has come out with very good styluses but with the battery life and sometimes unpredictable Bluetooth connectivity, lag and poor accuracy it wasn't much more reliable than the bigger soft tip stylus. It was nice that they were fine point but the cons drove me to away though I still kept and used them from time to time if I really needed the fine point. THEN CAME THE IPAD PRO WITH APPLE PENCIL. Sure the pencil is an extra $100 but for me who has been struggling to find the perfect stylus for years, it has been nothing short of perfect. At first I was skeptic so I waited a while to upgrade to a new iPad and get the pencil. I waited a year and got the 9.7 in iPad a couple months ago. I can tell you right for someone who does all my schoolwork on my iPad that it's been amazing. Sometimes I used to keep a notebook even with my iPad just in case but this past semester I haven't had to take out that notebook since I got the new iPad with this pencil. My productivity has definitely increased with this purchase and I have never looked back. The seamless connectivity with these two and the 24 hr battery life is awesome, also, the fast charging is great because it the pencil charges fully in about 20-30 minutes. FULL CHARGE. The palm rejection is great and works awesome with the existing app I use for notes (Notability) I have so many good things to say about this. I honestly have completely moved to all iPad whereas before I would switch from paper to iPad. Now it's all green and all iPad. Apple did great with this I can't believe it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product for the Apple Ipad Pro

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    CollegeStudent
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    I bought the apple ipad pro (12.9 inch version) so that I could use it for college. I downloaded an app called goodnotes which you can use to hand write notes. That being said, the pen was perfect for this app. It was very sensitive and allowed me to write smoothly. The pen also comes with a spare tip in case that one that the pen has wears down. I also bought this pen, because when the ipad is paired with it, the screen can more effectively distinguish between your palm and pen, so you can rest your palm on the ipad screen (without accidentally writing with your palm) and write more naturally. Furthermore, even with the pen, the ipad can still distinguish between your finger and the pen. I have also tried to use the pen for art. I am not an adept artist, but the pen was very accurate even on the tiniest of details. Although, personally I would not exclusively rely on the ipad for digital art as the apps have limitations such as the number of layers you could use, but now I'm rambling. One more thing, the pen's battery also lasts pretty long. I could go for possibly 3 days or more (I think it reached around 68% by the third day) while using it and not have to charge it with the way I use it (about 3 or 4 hours a day). The pen also sync's with the ipad's bluetooth in a matter of seconds. Lastly, the pen can be charged with the ipad. I plugged the pen into the ipad at 9% and it reached 12% after 30 seconds or so. However, it may take longer to go from 12% to a higher batter percentage for the pen. Meanwhile, it only siphoned a negligent amount of power from the ipad. I didn't even see the ipad pro battery decrease by 1%. Overall, I think that the pen is awesome and fit my purposes for it perfectly. I definitely recommend the pen for people like me who plan to turn the ipad into a multipurpose college notebook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Addtion

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    Snoopy4836
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    As a stylus, the Apple Pencil is great. Virtually zero lag when writing/drawing and the palm rejection works well. It'll be great for students, artists, and business users. The design of the Apple Pencil, however, leaves much to be desired. Take for example charging it with the iPad Pro's lightning port. That's just BEGGING to have the lightning connector on the Pencil snap off and get stuck in the charging port for your Pro. If they would have rotated the connector about 90 degrees and made it so it could fold at a right angle, the pencil could sit along the bottom edge of the Pro. It would still extend past the edge, but it would be better than what they do now. Another option would have been to use the Smart Connector so if the keyboard wasn't connected, it could charge the Pencil. The same goes for cap for the lightning connector on the Pencil, which will get set down while the device is charging, and forgotten, accidentally knocked on the floor and lost, or something else. Same goes for the adapter to let you plug the Pencil into a standard lightning cable. Then there's the Pencil itself, which is free floating. Microsoft had the right idea with the Surface Pro 4 to make one of the sides magnetic to hold the stylus. It wasn't perfect, but it was a far sight better than Apple's zero consideration for this aspect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a great product

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    jpwardesq
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    Samsung did a great job with their S-pen but left their patrons out to dry by only supporting the once-a-year note phone refreshes while ignoring higher quality tablet stylus options. Enter the Apple Pencil with additional features to take over the market. The S-pen doesn't need a charge which is still a game-changer but the Apple Pencil has great levels of touch sensitivity and shading. Like any Apple product you'll need to accessorize it. I find that Pentel mechanical pencils have a clip that will fit + I've dissected about 2-3 pens to get grips that can be placed on my Pencil. I would not advise anyone to charge their Pencil by sticking it into their tablet. Buy the TechMatte Apple Pencil Charging Adapter for a dedicated cable and the PencilCozy for Apple Pencil to protect the cap. I also purchased a hard shelled case to hold my Apple Pencil and charging cable--the same thing that any artist or person with an expensive pen would do to protect their purchase. The Pencil is magnetized and will stick to the device but that doesn't protect the Pencil. I've been using procreate a few other art programs and I must say painting is great and sketching is with less distractions since mistakes can be erased and there is no off-set when resuming a line. An eraser feature would be helpful as well as a feature such as not needing to charge the Pencil but lack of those features is not a deal-breaker, especially for those who realize real art supplies have similar drawbacks (limited use before replacing and separate erasers, which aren't even possible for real life painting). Be young and gather ye rosebuds while ye may! Rest assured the next edition of the Pencil will be better, but do not wait a year to buy this wonderful product to use with your iPad Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best stylus for iPad

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    beatkershaw
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    I predominantly use my iPad for business purposes, specifically capturing meeting notes and annotating documents. This Apple pencil has been THE best stylus that I have ever bought. I have typically bought cheaper capacitance units with a squishy tip however I was replacing them every 2-3 months or so. At $10-$25 per unit (I have tried numerous makes/models), I was in for $40-$100 per year. This Apple pencil does carry one of the higher price tags so if you only have a need for a "once in a while" stylus, you may want to pass. However, if you are a frequent stylus user (personally I use it daily), e.g. heavy note taker and/or artist using some of the drawing/painting apps regularly, this is the way to go. One thing that I would note, it is on the thinner end, comparable to an old school #2 pencil. I use a "skin" that I bought from a 3rd party, similar to how you would treat a phone, and it makes the pencil a bit more beefier in the hand, which is what I like. Plus, the skin I bought has some square profile geometry to it that prohibits it from rolling off of the table. Note that the Apple pencil is completely cylindrical, so it does roll. All in all, very satisfied and highly recommend for a frequent stylus user.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A product for a specific class

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    TheodoreLewis
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    I purchased the apple pencil from my local best buy, i had an unpleasant time checking the stock online because it was not accurate (it stated my local best buy was out of stock), i called to confirm and after waiting 5 minutes for someone to pick up i took to driving to the store and while en route an associate told me to hold without even acknowledging my phone call or what question i needed help with and i arrived and made my purchase before the associate ever clicked back over to check if i was still on the line, nonetheless... The apple pencil is a great addition for someone who owns an ipad pro and is looking to utilize it for their artistic recreation and expression. After using the apple pencil for quite some time i started to feel some what limited with my use as a "non-artistic" person. The apple pencil does work amazingly well with the iPad pro with seamless integration, and flawless interaction. The pencil is definitely fun for doodling, notes, and even scrolling and text when its nearby it is very handy. Although it is a fun piece of tech 100$ for it in my opinion is a little bit pricey but it is an overall well polished product that i believe will appeal to a specific category of iPad users.

    I would recommend this to a friend