ZooGue recently gave away 50,000 of their $14.99 styli for free to anybody willing to pay the modest $3.99 shipping price. I took advantage of this offer and thought I might as well share my thoughts on the stylus.
The earlier touchscreen devices required styli, but screen technology has improved and modern touchscreens are now primarily operated using fingers. Many users equate using a stylus to going back to the Stone Age because of this. Those people are just hurting themselves though. While I don’t think a stylus is the easiest way to do everything on a tablet, it is beneficial in some situations.
There are two main tasks that a stylus can perform much better than a finger – drawing and writing. Humans have been raised to use pens and pencils to complete these tasks and a stylus is basically a pen that can interact with touchscreens instead of paper.
Aside from a stylus being more comfortable, it allows for more precise input without blocking the view of the screen. The surface area on the stylus is much smaller than the average fingertip. This allows for more exact input. It still is not the exact pixel that you are trying to touch. You can see a quick test I did below trying to touch the center of a target a couple of times. The image clearly shows that I was much more accurate with the stylus because the dots are all touching. The finger test had gaps that were several pixels wide.
ZooGue’s stylus is not limited to digital interfaces. The stylus is actually a pen with half a sphere at the top capable of interacting with capacitive screens. I have found from setting the stylus down on the tablet that the majority of the body will interact with the screen too. Beware of this when working on your tablet. Twisting the pen will cause the pen to extend out of the bottom of the pen. The quality is mediocre, but it is hard to complain about an extra feature. I could see it coming in handy for people who carry it around with their tablet. My one gripe with the pen is sometimes I either forget that the tip is exposed or it opens while I am using it and I mark my palm.
ZooGue makes an aesthetically pleasing stylus with a built in pen. It works well on tablets, but not nearly as well as the S-Pen does on the Galaxy Note line. Those styli use a digitizer that allows even more precise input and pressure sensitivity. The S-Pen unfortunately will not work with any Galaxy Tab because the hardware does not support it. ZooGue’s stylus is about as good as it gets for the Galaxy Tab line. You can purchase it for $14.99 plus $3.99 shipping and handling from ZooGue.com. If that price is not appealing to you, then check out this significantly cheaper option.