Review: Proporta Quillit Stylus – why you might want to consider a stylus for your iPad

quillit 3-in-1 stylus coffeeI’ve been taking a look at the Proporta Quillit 3-in-1 stylus, which combines a capacitive stylus, resistive stylus and regular black pen. Now immediately you’ll wonder why we’re reviewing a stylus – after all with the advent of the capacitive screen, they’re dead right? Well not quite.

The Quillit is a nice modern pen style stylus with a good weight and feeling of quality to it. At one end is you turn the barrel one direction to reveal a resistive stylus ‘nib’ and the other direction reveals the black pen tip. Turn the whole device on end and the top section rotating barrel brings out the capacitive ‘brush’ tip.

proporta quillit 3-in-1 stylusUsing your finger is great, its convenient and its always with you, but it has a coupe of drawbacks, and these drawback make a stylus quite an acceptable alternative.

Size

A finger is attached to a hand, and if like most people you use your index finger to point and touch the screen of your device, you quite often find the rest of your hand is somewhat in the way of your view. So you end up holding your hand or your device, or both, at a funny angle so you can see what you’re doing. Less of an issue with email, but for anyone that has an App supporting handwritten notes or artistic colouring holding a stylus and having your hand completely out of the way makes things much easier.

Screen ‘oil’

example of dirty ipad screen Even those with the cleanest hands produce body oil, its naturel and keeps our skin from drying out. This oil collects on the screen of your device leading to smudges on the screen that in some lighting conditions make it hard to see the display properly, and can also be a security weakness.

Apps

Looking at the iPhone and iPad there are some great Apps to make the best use of a stylus. For work use there’s the Bamboo Paper App or Penultimate both of which allow for notes to be taken in handwriting style on a variety of ‘paper styles’ e.g. lined, graph or blank and then share them via email, add to your photos, or print them.

penultimate quillit drawing sample

For lighter, fun, use there’s a number of colouring Apps available, especially for kids, like the excellent Crayola Color Studio App or the Color Me HD iPad Coloring Book.

crayola colorstudio hd app

The Quillit 3-in-1 stylus is available from Proporta for £24.95

Written By: Rob Gordon

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