updated 05:33 pm EDT, Sat November 2, 2013
Adonit's new iPad stylus aims for precision
Some of us here at MacNN like to do a fair bit of scribbling and sketching, and that's not the easiest thing on the iPad, given Apple's eschewal of native stylus support in iOS. Fortunately, there is no shortage of companies making iOS-compatible styluses for the jotters among us. Adonit is one of those companies, with a whole range of styluses for the iPad, and the Jot Script Evernote Edition is their latest release. We're taking a look at the Jot Script, and we've collected our first impressions here ahead of a fuller review in the near future.
The new Jot Script is built to complement an iPad, with a body composed of aluminum, stainless steel, and plastic. The overall look is pleasing, as the Script borrows Evernote's gray and green color palette to produce a surprisingly professional-looking pen. Both companies' logos and names adorn the top end of the stylus, and that is a welcome addition, as they break up the solid gray look with a tasteful white.
The main draw of the accessory is supposed to be its comparatively thin tip, which should allow for better precision in jotting down notes. We'll explore the effectiveness of the pen tip in our full review, but suffice it to say for now that it largely delivers as promised. In our early tests, we're getting thin lines that mostly match what one would expect from such a tip.
We do have issues with the Script's overall form factor. Put plainly, the stylus is a bit on the chubby side, likely due in no small part to its reliance on a AAA battery for power. It was definitely too thick to fit into the pen holder on the Logitech Keyboard Folio for our iPad mini, and that will likely be the case for other iPad cases. Adonit does make its own Jot Tote add-on where the Script can fit nicely, but requires an additional $50 on top of the Script's price.
For all of Adonit's positioning of the Script as a pen for the digital age, we were also surprised that the company neglected to put any sort of pocket clip or hook on the device. Instead, the Script is a smooth cylinder, meaning it will have to go into a bag if one wants to take it along. Nor is the device magnetized, so one will definitely have to keep an eye on it when carrying it about.
There are a few other areas to explore with regard to Adonit's new stylus. As the name implies, it pairs with Evernote's iOS apps -- specifically Penultimate - in order to best realize its fine-point aspirations. Unfortunately, fine function is not guaranteed when it comes to Bluetooth-enabled styluses, so there is also the question of just how well the device works. We'll look into those and other issues very soon with an in-depth review.