Mon, 02 Apr 2012 Just Mobile AluPen review
Chunky aluminium body makes for a comfy fit in almost any hand
- Manufacturer: Just Mobile
- Pros: Nicely tactile feel; responsive rubberised nib; solid and sturdy build; choice of attractive colours; supplied with leather case for storage and travel
- Cons: All-aluminium body gets painfully cold when working in chilly conditions; thickset body makes it unsuitable for iPhone or iPod; not cheap
- Price: £19.95
- Star rating:
The Danish-designed, Taiwan-manufactured AluPen from Just Mobile is an iPad stylus that looks like an oversized, stubby pencil. That’s no bad thing, though: the chunky aluminium body makes for a comfy fit in almost any hand (providing you’re not working in chilly conditions, when it can feel like ice).
Nicely weighted, the nib is of the soft and spongy type that responds well to the iPad’s LED screen. All mark making, and drawing in particular, feels tactile and pleasurable, and at times almost effortless. The AluPen is also a pleasant object to hold and rotate when waiting for those moments of inspiration to arrive.
Build quality is good, and the nib doesn’t look like it will drop off or rot. Just Mobile doesn’t make the cheapest styluses on the market but they are built to last, and likely to survive the life span of an iPad.
Sadly for those hoping to get double or triple use from the AluPen, it’s a tad too chunky for the iPhone or iPod touch. If you want a stylus that will suit all of your iOS devices, look elsewhere.