Adonit Note iPad stylus solidly beats Apple Pencil on price

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Adonit Note
The Adonit Note can do much of what an Apple Pencil offers, for less money.
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There’s a fresh alternative for those who want an active stylus for their iPad, and it’s much more affordable than the Apple Pencil. Adonit Note doesn’t have all the features of its rival, however.

UPDATE: Don’t miss our Adonit Note review.

“The Adonit Note is our most advanced stylus ever that allows users to seamlessly utilize every feature on their tablet intuitively,” promised Andre Bradford, Adonit Sales Director of the Americas.

Simpler than the Apple Pencil

Bluetooth isn’t required for this stylus; just turn it on to begin drawing. Still, the Note does require an internal battery, which lasts for up to 12 hours. Recharging is done through a micro-USB port.

The Adonit Note appears have similar functionality to the Logitech Crayon, another Apple Pencil rival. However, the newer stylus is styled for professionals rather than school kids.

The Crayon also doesn’t use Bluetooth so it lacks pressure sensitivity. It does have tilt detection, though. Details on the Note are still a little sketchy, but it’s possible the same will be true for this similar stylus.

Adonit Note available now for many iPads

This active stylus just launched for a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Note is available in black or gold/champagne on the Adonit website.

It’s compatible with half a dozen recent Apple tablets: the third-generation iPad Air, the fifth-generation iPad mini, the sixth-generation iPad, the 11-inch iPad Pro and the third-generation 12.9 inch iPad Pro. Theses devices must be running iOS 12.2 and above.

For comparison, the Apple Pencil 2 for both the 2018 iPad Pro models is $129, while the version for a range of earlier tablets is $99. The Logitech Crayon is available on Amazon for $49.99.