Apple Pencil

The worst feature of the Apple Pencil is that it can only be used on the iPad Pro.

And, maybe, the way you charge it. But Apple gives you an adapter if you want to plug it into a cable and not make it look like your Pencil is trying to mate with your iPad, so I’ll let that pass.

The weight and feel of the Pencil is perfect. It’s well-balanced and the perfect length, just like a Ticonderoga that you’ve just taken out of the box. You can twirl the pen with ease, but it makes you want to hold it. It’s that good.

The writing experience is incredible. Sure, it’s not as good as writing using a fountain pen and parchment paper, but it’s the best digital stylus I’ve ever used. With the high-res screen of the iPad Pro, I found myself wanting to take all of my notes digitally. Depending on the apps you use, this will either work well or be more of a novelty.

I also found that typing and navigating the iPad using the stylus was also quite friendly. The precision of the tip meant that I could easily work my way through Monument Valley 2, which, if you haven’t played it, is the most beautiful game I’ve ever played.

And that’s when my phone buzzed. Someone sent me a text, so naturally, I unlocked my phone to see the message. After adapting my habits to use the stylus as a general input, I found myself hopelessly tapping at my iPhone’s screen. Nothing. The Pencil only works with the iPad Pro — not even the normal iPads.

So we arrive at the feature gap: the Pencil doesn’t work on my phone and the iPad Pro doesn’t have force touch. It’s a weird no-man’s land of input ergonomics. The Pencil is nearly perfect, if it weren’t for the $650-minimum device requirement.

Back to the Apple Store to return the best stylus ever created.

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