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Griffin Technology - Crayola ColorStudio HD for Apple® iPad® and iPad 2-Front_Standard

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Rating 1.7 out of 5 stars with 88 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Difficult to use, very frustrating

    Posted
    austinallen

    When I saw this in the Sunday ad I was so excited. Finally something other than Plants vs. Zombies for my daughter to play with on my iPad. that excitement quickly turned to frustration once I gave the pen over to my daughter. The tip is similair to other iPad stylus tips except it is very rigid, making it nearly impossible for a small child to use. For the iPad to sense the contact of the pen, you have to press so firmly onto the screen or hold it at a perfect 90 degree angle and still press harder than most small children will be able to maintain for more than few seconds. My daughter wants to use it but gets so upset because the app cannot connect with the pen consistently she always ends up frustrated and banging the pen on the iPad. For the safety of my iPad and the security of my wallet I will be returning this. Good idea Griffin, poor execution.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea, poor execution.

    Posted
    arls544

    I was very excited to have my 3 year old daughter give this product a go after I got it on a very good pre-Christmas deal from BB. The product shows just so much promise and seems like it would be a great product but sadly, it is just not practical for younger kids. The marker requires such strong down-pressure on the screen that even I have a hard time making it work well at all. If there were some way to adjust the sensitivity settings for the marker interface in the program it would be good. Additionally, there is some noticeable lag when loading coloring tiles and moving through the program, this could be due to my usage on an original iPad, perhaps the iPad 2 provides better in app performance, but I doubt the marker interface works better from one model to the next. For everyone out there thinking this is going to be great, don't bother if and until crayola releases an update to correct the marker interface. I suggest downloading adobe ideas for free and letting your little one finger paint away on that instead, it works really great.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Too hard for young children to use

    Posted
    01102012Review
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought this thinking that my Goddaughter would enjoy the painting and drawing and would enjoy the drawing within the lines helper. I find the pen that comes with the product way too hard for young users to use and when I try it, it is too hard and clumbsy for me too. The power button is right where you grab the pen and is constantly going off and the sensor is horrible and rarely pics up. I activated the product with the pen, but use an iPad stylus wth it almost all the time. The pen thing seems to be useless. It also seems like the content is limited. I would think they would be adding new content all the time, but that does not appear to be the case. I feel like I spent too much even purchasiong this on sale. I would not recomment it to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not very good

    Posted
    BestBuyJohn

    The first one i bought it was broken when open. No big deal and took it back. The second one worked fine. I played with it and everything worked great. Then I passed it on to my 3, almost 4 yr old, and he got frustrated quick with the big crayola pen. After a while we had to put everything up and decided to return it. I think personally for what you get, it is too expensive. There is really nothing special about the big crayola pen except it has fancy colors flashing when it is on. When the pen was off, you could still color. At one point I was using my stylus to color.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Did not recognize input.

    Posted
    exactlyjake

    I have a ZAGG protective screen on my iPad and the pen would not work. Nowhere on the box did it mention having trouble working through screen protectors. I went to the site to troubleshoot and there it mentions "iMarker, the digital stylus included with ColorStudio HD, works best when it has direct contact with your iPad's screen." This is a product aimed at kids so I'm assuming a pretty decent percent of the target market has a screen protector on their iPad. Well, I later removed the screen protector and it still had trouble recognizing input. So now I'm down one screen protector and I still had a non-functional pen.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Idea of the product is great, execution sucks.

    Posted
    CRZYCPGRL

    Don't waste your money! I bought the color studio for my daughter to use with our Ipad. She was so excited to have a pen to use for coloring instead of her finger. The idea behind this is great, but the product just sucks. You had to press the pen down so hard before the ipad realized it was working that I worried the screen would eventually break. When you did get it to work it didn't do a very good job following the marks you made. In my opinion you're better off using your finger. Thankfully Best Buy didn't give me any hassle when I returned it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Pen doesn't work well

    Posted
    Gadgetgirl66

    I found the app ok, but the big crayola 'pen' worked poorly. took too much pressure to work (which was hard for my 4 year old) and led to much frustration (which was the opposite of what I wanted!). definitely worked better in finger mode, but the biggest issue is that the touch type of screens that tablets are using aren't really designed for the kind of detailed coloring and drawing you'd want to do with these devices.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    not very accuate in coloring

    Posted
    moooo

    I am giving this one star as we just bought this today and I myself used it and it is very hard to use. You have to hold the pen strainght up and down in order for it to work and even then it will not color. I am thinking of returning to the store as I think my 5 year old will loose interest in it fast. Had I know it would have been like this I would not have wated our mone on it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very Dissapointing

    Posted
    ArmyMomma
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    One of the most disappointing purcushes made this holdays season. Thought we would be save because I have all Griffin products but I must say that this one is a FAIL! After 20 mins of jut trying to get the battery in and set I then had to fight it with my iPad. I ended up having to uplocked the app using my finger and then press down with bothh my hands on the marker to get it to work. I can tell you my kids were NOT going to be doing that with my iPad! They got packaged upi and returned the next morning.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Hard to use...

    Posted
    BlueCayman
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The solution is really neat. The graphics and concept really sit well with young children. However, the execution of the pen is less than useful. It takes quite a bit of pressure for the pen to register on the screen. For a child, it's challenging to make this work. At this point, the pen is collecting dust and the app is unused. It's too bad you couldn't just use your finger or regular stylus to make the app work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money!

    Posted
    paigem4
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this stylus for my 4 year old daughter for Christmas. Once I got batteries in it and got it connected to the iPad, the thing wouldn't even color. We have a Zagg Shield on our iPad for protection from whatever she can do to harm it. The stylus never had a chance. You had to press really hard on the screen. I had to press so hard for it to work that the screen changed colors. I took it back the next day!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!

    Posted
    Jasperpants

    I rushed out and picked this up at the weekend. What a disappointment. The pen whirrs constantly. You have to press really hard on the iPad screen to get it to register which is a worry especially if there is any dust on the screen. The software looks nice but it's not responsive and you get lots of breaks in the line when you are drawing. Very very poor. I'm returning it today.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    A Waste of Money

    Posted
    WinterMix
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I agree with all the other bad reviews! This was a Christmas gift for my 6 year old. Very disappointing. The pen just does not work well at all. I tried the product before I showed by daughter but I had to press down so hard to get it to color that my hand was all red. The concept is great and if the pen and program worked it would be excellent. Everyone who bought this should go get a refund and if you haven't bought it - DONT!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    Posted
    Alana03
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this for my 8yr old daughter, and hoped it would work as a stylus for me. We got the app for it and colored a few pics. You have to use heavy pressure for it to work, and it had a lot of lag. It was slow, you couldn't color fast at all. I returned it. I haven't tried a real stylus yet to compare it to so I'm not sure if I would have the same issues with one of those.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cool Idea

    Posted
    SarahJC

    Cool idea, but didn't work in practice. I bought this item with the expectation that my 6 year old daughter would be able to color and draw pictures in the car on my iPad. In order for my iPad to register the stylus, I had to press so hard, it made my hand hurt. I also let my daughter try it - in case there was a trick that she could find - and unfortunately, it just didn't work. I ended up returning this the next day.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Product does not work

    Posted
    Concordia

    Purchased for my 6 year old grandchild to use with iPad2. Stylus fell apart when installing battery. Wrapped a rubber band around to hold the battery in. Program does not work despite recent update of 1/16/12. Program times out as soon as the screen is touched. Nothing about the item works as advertised. I plan to return the item to Best Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great Concept, Poor Execution

    Posted
    FLbob

    Was very excited to pick it up for my 3 year old, but it has already been returned. Requires too much force for the app to respond, and was laggy too. Was difficult for me to use, and my 3 year old became quickly disappointed too. Not sure how this made it out of the testing phase. Great concept, poor execution.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Could have been awesome

    Posted
    mfm43

    This would have been a great app and accessory for the iPad if it had worked properly. It did not consistently color where you touched on the screen. It was not user friendly and when it comes to kids frustration comes all too quickly. It was difficult to change colors. And overall was just a big disappointment. Save the money for a great high priced app instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible product...

    Posted
    BSWilson74
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The amount of pressure my daughter must put on the ipad to make the pen work is scary! I have always told her to be gentle with the ipad but the only way for her to be able to get a color to appear on the screen is to mash the pen on the screen. Neat concept if it worked! Do not buy...it is a waste of money. Buy a stylus and get kid mode for your eye pad and let your kid draw.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing in Every Way - Flunky Product

    Posted
    ColorStudioSucks

    Pen is disappointing in every way, for both adults and children. Misleading considering that crayola should be catered to be easy to use for children, my 4 year old couldn't get going with this thing. Too much pressure seems to be the key to get this to work but will either break the screen or give the user early arthritis. Definitely not something I would recommend to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend