updated 02:01 am EDT, Sun September 30, 2012
Applydea magnetic Maglus stylus opens up possibilities for iPad users
Although Apple chose to avoid the utilization of stylus technology for the iPad, a significant number of iPad users are still interested in using a stylus for productivity or content creation. Indeed, a large third-party market for stylus accessory makers has sprung up around the iPad. This is a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Samsung, which is aiming to leverage this space in the market with its Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets with native stylus support. Applydea hopes to offer a native-like stylus experience for iPad users with the Maglus.
Our MacNN review of the Adonit Jot Touch pressure-sensitive stylus suggests that it is indeed possible. However, as we highlighted in our review, although it offers maximum precision for an iPad stylus, it has limited app support and requires very deliberate motions for it to work effectively. Having used the tablet-specific S Pen available for the Galaxy Note series, iPad users would be looking for a stylus that feels as though it is was made specifically to accompany it too.
The Applydea Maglus is perhaps the best all-round stylus solution for the iPad that we have yet had the pleasure to use. In fact it has been so popular, that it has sold out of its initial production run and we had to wait for the second production run before we had the opportunity to put it through its paces. We have been using it for the past month and have found that we are quite prepared to carry it around for regular use with our iPad.
The Maglus gets its name from a mashup of 'magnetic' and 'stylus.' Its magnetic capability is part of the reason why it is so much fun to use. Obviously, as the iPad was not built with stylus use in mind, it does not have a have to store one on-board. Applydea's magnetic solution is a great idea and one that takes a lot of the pain out of carrying the Maglus around with you. It can attach to the Apple Smart Cover or any other surface that is magnetized, like the back portion of our Belkin iPad rear protective cover.
Using the Maglus is where it ultimately shines the most. Even though it has a somewhat large capacitive nub on the end, it is still capable of a certain degree of detail and precision, but perhaps not enough for really fine control. It is helped by how well-weighted Applydea have made it; it takes the 'hard work' out that can accompany other stylus' in trying to get a capacitive stylus to reproduce strokes on the iPad display. The Maglus is almost effortless in the way it works making it great fun to use, while value adding to the iPad experience.
From a hand-written note taking perspective a couple of great iPad apps that work well with the Maglus are Penultimate ($0.99, App Store) and Notes Plus ($7.99, App Store. Notes Plus also has an excellent hand-writing recognition function available as an in-app purchase for users looking to take natural hand-written notes and convert them to text. Graphic artists will appreciate using the Maglus stylus with apps such as Paper by 53 (Free, App Store) and Art Set ($0.99, App Store, among many others.
At the time of writing, Applydea has sold out of its second production run of the Maglus and has a new model with removable tip system up for pre-order at €25 plus shipping. We certainly recommend iPad users looking for a stylus to give the Maglus a look - it provides a surprisingly effective stylus experience on the iPad that few probably suspected was possible on a device that does not support a stylus natively.