The Best iPad Styluses [Best Of]

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You only need look at a child's drawing to know why you need a stylus.

“If you see a stylus they failed.” That might be everybody’s favorite Steve Jobs quote about touch screens, but the fact is the finger is terrible at both drawing and writing — just look at your kid’s scrawlings up on the refrigerator door if you don’t believe me.

If you want to make pictures and words that the rest of the world can recognize as such, you need a little help. Luckily, iPad accessory makers also ignored Jobs’ complaints and set out to fill the world with wonderful iPad pens. Here are the best you can buy.

The Great New Alupen Pro Stylus Also Writes On Paper [Review]

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The Alupen Pro: Thinner, healthier and pen-ier than its fat predecessor Photo Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)
The Alupen Pro: Thinner, healthier and pen-ier than its fat predecessor Photo Charlie Sorrel (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

I was a big fan of the Alupen when it launched — so much so that I went out and bought my own. It was chunky, looked like a metal pencil and felt pretty good in my big hands. Then came the Wacom Bamboo stylus and our love affair was over.

Now, though, the newer skinnier, cleverer Alupen Pro has got me two-timing the svelte Bamboo. Why? Because it has a biro built in.

Wacom’s New Bamboo Duo Adds A Traditional Ballpoint To The iPad’s Best Stylus

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Wacom's terrific Bamboo stylus now comes with a built-in ballpoint for traditional note-taking.
Wacom's terrific Bamboo stylus now comes with a built-in ballpoint for traditional note-taking.

We firmly believe that Wacom’s Bamboo stylus is one of the best styluses money can buy for the iPad, but that was until this thing came along. The Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo mixes a traditional ballpoint pen with Wacom’s famous iPad stylus to bring you the best of both worlds, whether you’re sketching a hobbit in Draw Something, or jotting down a phone number on an old envelope.

iZen Bamboo, The iPad Keyboard For Hippies

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The iZen Bamboo Keyboard really, really looks like an Apple Bluetooth keyboard with a bunch of bamboo caps stuck on top to the existing keys. And oddly enough, there’s nothing in the Kickstarter description to say otherwise.

There are a few telltale clues, though. This keyboard has iPad-specific keys that mimic the home button, search and slideshow functions, and comes with a li-ion battery.