Anyone who knows me or has followed some of my blog posts know that I’ve always felt the biggest lacking in the Apple IOS lineup is a good stylus or pen. Fortunately for Apple, there are ingenious companies like BoxWave and Wacom that have created styluses to offer the best pen-like experience to be had on an IOS or Android device. Today, I have in my possession BoxWave‘s latest offering, the BoxWave EverTouch Capacitive Stylus!
The BoxWave EverTouch, is an aluminum tube about the same diameter as your average ball point pen and about an inch shorter; measuring about 5″ in length. The BoxWave EverTouch is longer than both the Wacom Bamboo and Capacitive Stylus, however, the Wacom Bamboo is actually a heavier stylus. The top of both the BoxWave styluses is a loop for a lanyard which is exceptionally useful, since no tablet or phone has a good place to tuck a stylus into it, and something the Wacom Bamboo doesn’t have. The BoxWave EverTouch goes one step further by giving you a little bag with some additional lanyards, two of which lets you plug one end of the lanyard into the headphone jack. The lanyard is long enough to let the pen reach the magnetic side of my Apple SmartCover, and because the BoxWave EverTouch is aluminum, it sticks to the side (very handy!).
The physical specs are nice, but it’s not the looks you buy it for, and it’s the tip of the new stylus that really sets the EverTouch Capacitive Stylus apart from the others. The tip is not your typical rubbery material you would find on most styluses today, it’s actually a material called “FiberMesh™”, and it makes all the difference in the world.
I have been using styluses on my iPad for a long time, and I’ve encountered one major issue with rubber tipped styluses; the tips stick to the surface. The tips don’t stick much, but ever so slightly and therefore don’t glide smoothly across the screen. Often times, it feels like drawing or writing with an eraser. The experience is made worse if you have a Zagg InvisibleShield on your device. The Zagg’s are nice screen protectors, but their surface adds an additional level of tack to the screen, and the rubber material on both the original BoxWave Capacitive Stylus and Wacom Bamboo drag even more on this surface. The FiberMesh™ material on the BoxWave EverTouch is unaffected by the screen material, and glides effortlessly across the bare screen or a Zagg protected screen. The tip is also firmer than the other two, so there’s less mashing of the head and gives the BoxWave EverTouch an excellent feel when used. Frankly, I’m very surprised and impressed with how well the BoxWave EverTouch performs, so I can easily recommend this stylus to anyone who wants a pen experience with an iPad, iPhone or Android device. Below I made a small gallery of images and a video that shows the EverTouch in action. Check them out, and feel free to comment below. Thanks for reading.
UPDATE: My friend Skip pointed out that aluminum has no magnetic properties, so yes, I need to correct my statement above, it’s not the pen that sticks to my smart cover, it’s the metal clip on the pen. Thanks Skip!
- BoxWave: http://www.boxwave.com
- BoxWave EverTouch Capacitive Stylus: http://www.boxwave.com/universal-evertouch-capacitive-stylus/bwpd/mpp/