I’ve must have gone through at least five different pens for iPad during the last couple of years. The Pogo Sketch with it’s flaky foam tip, a cheap Targus stylus that have a tendency to wear out rather quickly, rendering it useless. But when the Pogo Connect stylus by Ten One Design showed up with its pressure sensitive stylus, I knew I needed to get one. So this christmas I gave it to myself as a gift. Yes, I had been a good boy.
The Pogo Connect stylus is a sturdy pen that’s easy to hold. The thickness is a bit bigger than a AAA battery, for the simple reason it uses a single AAA battery for power, but more on that later. The stylus has a button and a LED light. Most applications that support the Pogo Connects pressure sensitivity function uses the button for undo. So when you make a mistake, just press the button for undoing the last action. If you made a lot of mistakes, just keep pushing the button. Naturally the stylus works with all apps, but you don’t get pressure sensitivity on unsupported apps, and the button won’t work.
For supported apps there are hundreds of levels of pressure sensitivity. It uses no moving part so it should last a long time. The replaceable tip uses a magnet to fasten it to the stylus. It fits snuggly so there’s no risk of loosing it. The way the stylus communicates the pressure level to the iPad is through Bluetooth™ Smart, which is incredible power efficient. This means that you need a newer iPad than version 2, because the older iPads doesn’t have Bluetooth™ Low Energy. I don’t use the pen every day, but I’m still on the same battery that came with the stylus. You will easily get months of use with one AAA battery.
The tip of the stylus has a great feel. You don’t need much pressure for it to react. The button is the downside of the pen. I constantly manage to touch the button, undoing the last line of drawing. All apps have a redo function, but it gets annoying after a while.
The apps I use are:
This is a great painting app. It’s amazingly fast, supports high resolution images and uses OpenGL for speeding up the operations. It’s instantaneous on my iPad 3.
Great app for handwritten text and for drawing sketches.
Paper by 53
Great app for doing quick drawings and doodling around.
One app that I wished had support is the note taking app Notability. It’s my favorite app for handwritten text and for illustrations. But it still works without pressure sensitivity and the undo button.
Pogo Connect app
There’s even an app for locating your Pogo Connect if you forgot where you put your pen, but it is almost useless. The pen needs to be connected via Bluetooth to work. I never lose the pen while using it.
I really like this pen. It has a great feel, works great with all apps. The battery life is fantastic. The only snag is the button that I constantly manage to push by mistake, but I can live with that. But it will be interesting to compare it to Wacom’s new Intuos Creative Stylus when it arrives.
- pressure sensitivity
- great battery life
- nice feel to it
- the undo button is to easy to push by mistake