The Griffin iPad stylus is essentially identical to the Boxwave stylus. The only noticeable difference is the clip on the Griffin, which is a bit heavier, and feels more sturdy. Whether or not they are actually the same, the similarity is a good thing. As I noted in my in-depth review of the Boxwave, it is a “solid, durable stylus for a great price.” So is the Griffin.

The Griffin iPad stylus is currently just over $11 on Amazon. That’s a few bucks more than the Boxwave, but I think the clip of the Griffin is better-looking enough that I wouldn’t mind the extra cost. Then again, I’m picky about writing utensils. If you want a lanyard to plug your stylus into your tablet’s microphone jack, get the Boxwave. If you plan to keep your stylus in a bag or pocket, get the Griffin.

Otherwise, my review of the Boxwave applies equally to the Griffin. It is a huge improvement on trying to take notes or draw with a finger, and it should last you a good, long time.


Griffin iPad Stylus
Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Griffin iPad stylus is a huge improvement on trying to take notes or draw with a finger, and it should last you a good, long time.

Overall score: 4 (out of 5)


  1. Blair Matsumoto says:

    have you ever tried the Jot Pro stylus? I use it in on my iPad to grade student essays and take notes with Penultimate. It’s a bit pricey, but writes and feels like a standard ink pen.

    • Sam Glover says:

      I’ve got a review unit on my desk right now!

      Quick preview: so far, I don’t prefer it to the Pogo Sketch+, which is my current favorite cheapo stylus.

  2. Jordan says:

    We paid $10 for a bundle of stylus’s from the Friendly Swede. Is there a good reason to pay $11 for one?

    I’m not saying this to be flip.

    • Sam Glover says:

      Think about a stylus like you think about a pen. If you are perfectly happy with cheap pens, you will probably be perfectly happy with a cheap stylus.

      I like nice pens. Since I use a keyboard for most writing, I don’t write much with a pen. That means I like to write with — and on — something nice when I do. The same goes for taking notes or drawing in my tablet.

      While your cheapo styli will probably be perfectly serviceable, I prefer to get something a little more substantial.

      • Jordan says:

        Which keyboard are you using? I’m probably going to get one this week. Once I have that, I hate to admit it, but my iPad will be a pretty freaking useful device.

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