Passing fads are a common thing in the mobile world. We have seen keyboards go away, for example. We have also moved up to much larger screens, and even things like removable batteries and external storage are on their way out. There is one trend that just refuses to die, though.
I am talking about the stylus, a method of input that just won’t die, no matter how much its popularity suffers. Why is this? And if the stylus won’t die, why won’t we just embrace it and love it? Let’s first go over the downsides of using a stylus and then we can weigh out the pros.
Why you shouldn’t use a stylus
Using a stylus is a bit annoying for those of us who are much more casual users. This is because it’s one more thing you have to worry about. Sure, it may make you a bit more accurate, but you also have to pull it out every time you want to do something.
Oh, and because these things are not usually attached to your device, it’s so easy to lose them. I have lost dozens (literally). I even lost the one that came with my Galaxy Note 2, and that one can be attached to the device!
Also, most styluses are made for larger devices. The tips are usually wider and this makes it a bit cumbersome to use. on smaller screen, as the things you have to tap on are smaller. And some of these third-party styluses can be even wider than your usual ones.
Why you should use a stylus
Now, there is a reason why styluses haven’t completely died. New phones keep coming with them bundled and businesses which make them are still thriving. This is due to the level of functionality a pen/pencil replacement can offer.
There is a whole other level of accuracy you can get with a stylus (assuming you are using the right sized one). It is much easier to do things like drawing and handwriting. I was boss at Draw with Friends, for example; all thanks to that great stylus I was using!
It’s a great tool for creative professionals, that’s for sure. I doubt they will ever stop using their styli and work with their hands, completely. By the way, it’s also great to see no fingerprints on your screen!
The future (and present) of the stylus
So by now we know the stylus is here to stay, unless something major changes in the way we use technology. These accessories are handy and very useful for those who can take advantage of them. Now let’s move into talking about the future of styli.
How will these products look and work in the future? Manufacturers have already been working on styli that do much more than acting as a finger replacement. As it goes with everything mobile, styluses have also started becoming “smart”. It started with something as simple as adding a button to the Galaxy Note pen, which allowed you to perform a variety of functions and shortcuts.
Now we have Bluetooth digitizers that can do a whole lot of things. Some of these styli can detect pressure and even use the back end as an eraser. Hell, you can now even use a brush stylus, if you are more of the painting type. And you can customize these as you please.
Of course, the more tech you add to a stylus, the more hassles that are added. I mean, these often have to connect via Bluetooth and whatnot, but the experience you get from them is amazing.
How do you feel about digitizers?
I am not a huge fan of digitizers, to be honest, but this is because I never gave them great use. I mean, aside from being a boss at Draw with Friends! I am not the type of creative professional that could really take advantage of what a stylus has to offer. My fingers work great for what I do!
One thing I do know for sure, though. Styluses won’t survive if they do nothing more than work as an input tool. These products, like everything else, need their smart features. The manufacturers are doing a great job adapting to the present and future of this niche market, and I can only see things getting better.
Now tell us. How many of you will never give up on the stylus? Do you currently have one you use? Which is your favorite?