CareAce Survey: How useful is a stylus for your smartphone?

Posted on Jul 12 2012 - 5:07pm by Brian

How useful is a stylus for your smartphone? Well that depends, which type of smart phone do you have?

In our latest survey, we polled our readers regarding the usefulness of the stylus–essentially a pen for your digital device display. Before capacitive touchscreen displays became common place (think back to the early days of Palm devices), you may recall the use of stylii as the input tool of choice on the less precise resistive touchscreens. Now stylii are back with a vengeance, allowing users precise control over elements on their display.

Capacitive stylii have made their way onto the main stream market and can be found in all shapes and sizes, as they are a simple add-on that can be used with any device. Unfortunately, capacitive stylii will never quite give that true pen-on-paper type feeling due to the nature of how the stylus interacts with the touchscreen. To overcome this issue, Samsung included a digitizer as well capacitive touchscreen into the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note’s Wacom digitizer + stylus combo allows for unparalleled control and accuracy which can produce quite astonishing works of art:

With all that said, we come back to the question of whether or not a stylus is indeed useful for a phone? In the case of the Galaxy Note’s spacious 5.3-inch display and precise Wacom digitizer, the answer is yes. However it looks like a majority of typical smartphone users find that they can do just fine without a stylus. I find that as a Galaxy S II user for the most part, that I do not find myself needing a stylus. When using the Galaxy Note though, the stylus is not only an excellent tool for note taking and diagramming, but also for dominating sketches in words with friends.

What do you guys think? For devices with large touchscreens and extra body space to store a stylus, would you like to have a stylus? Comment us below!

3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jermain July 16, 2012 at 9:45 am -

    I think that the stylus is a great addition to a tablet, but may be difficult to use on a phone

  2. Hansoo July 16, 2012 at 9:42 am -

    @Roger, are you mentioning this product? http://compare.ebay.com/like/220986164490?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar
    If you have any other suggestion, please let me know.
    Thank you.

  3. Roger July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am -

    Yes. I have a Galaxy Note and use the stylus quite a bit. I’m thinking of investing in a pen/stylus combo that I can clip on to my pocket.

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