Fri, 30 Mar 2012 iChic Gear Phantomus review
Stylus boasts the weight, shape and feel of a typical ball-point pen
- Manufacturer: iChic Gear
- Pros: Performs well; reasonably priced; decent build quality; novelty design should appeal to the target audience
- Cons: Rubberised nib feels a little too soft; barrel has no give or padding; looks may restrict users to just the young
- Price: £12.50
- Star rating:
Available in boy-friendly blue or girl-friendly pink, iChic Gear’s Phantomus comes with a one-eyed, smiley ghost head, which is detachable and can be used to protect the soft rubberised nib when not in use. iChic claims it has the weight, shape and feel of a typical felt-tip pen, so will be familiar to any child new to using an iPad and stylus.
The Phantomus has a smooth, straight barrel, which is quite comfortable to use despite the lack of a padded grip. The nib, while a touch too soft for our tastes, has a nice bounce and responds pretty well – it’s a good choice for digital drawing and painting. The Phantomus also works fine as a gaming stylus. The slimline design doesn’t distract from or obscure gameplay.
Build is okay: the rubberised tip is secure and the slimline body fairly solid, which is important when you consider how easily children’s toys can be broken when your back turns.