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The oStylus Dot is the most unique iPad stylus I have ever used — and one of the more expensive. Instead of the standard foam or rubber tip, it has a small steel “dot” that swivels between two titanium hinges mounted in a slender aluminum shaft. The original oStylus is even more unique-looking, with an O-shaped tip that lets you see the line you are drawing.
The oStylus is meant for drawing and painting; the Dot is meant to be better for writing. So, how does it do?
At $37.50 (available from the manufacturer), the oStylus Dot is one of the more expensive stylus options. It is made from aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel, with a thin vinyl film on the “dot” to protect your screen. The high-quality materials help explain the high price tag.
I suppose your willingness to pay $37.50 for an iPad stylus probably depends on how you feel about buying nice pens. Because $37.50 will get you a decent pen, but it’s nowhere near what it takes to get a Montblanc.
For what you get, though, I think $37.50 is just a bit too high. It’s a nice stylus, and well built, but it won’t blow you away. I think it should cost a latte or two less, but maybe I’m just picking nits.
The long handle of the oStylus Dot, coupled with the hinged Dot itself, makes it feel more like a paintbrush than the pencil it is supposed to replicate. Pencils have points. This has a swiveling pad.
Apparently, the Dot is as small as it is possible to make an iPad stylus tip. Since it has to lie flat on the screen, though, it feels larger than most. I think the rounder tips of the Boxwave and Pogo Sketch+ make them feel smaller, even the diameter of the Dot and the the Sketch+ are exactly the same.
Writing with the oStylus Dot
The original oStylus is a strange-looking stylus meant primarily for artists because it is great for sketching and painting, but a bit unwieldy for writing. The oStylus Dot is still pretty strange-looking, but the smaller tip is supposed to make it a better choice for writing.
The swiveling tip is actually quite easy to get used to, but keeping it flat on the screen can still be a challenge. The more you lift the stylus and put it back down, the more likely you will get some skips and errors from not placing the tip just so.
The oStylus Dot may have been designed for writing, but it’s much better for drawing and painting apps. When writing, the swiveling tip causes far too many skips and errors. It’s serviceable, but definitely not a better stylus for writing than the Boxwave.
I also found it nearly impossible to hold the oStylus like a pencil for writing. Because of the way it is constructed, you have to hold it more like a pencil you are using for sketching, i.e., fairly high up on the shaft. And while it really is very good for sketching, I found it less-than-perfect for writing.
Who should buy the oStylus Dot?
But if you are interested in taking notes, try the Boxwave, which is also costs about 1/4th as much.
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .
Summary: If you are looking for a stylus for drawing, sketching, or painting, the oStylus is a good choice.
- Price: 2
- Design: 4
- Performance: 3
Overall rating: 3 (out of 5)