iPad/Tablet Stylus Review Round-Up

I love to draw. I don’t necessarily consider myself an artist or anything like that, but it’s definitely one of my favorite hobbies. Thanks to tablets, drawing on the go has become increasingly simple and thanks to the invention of the capacitive stylus, it’s even easier!

I’ve used every kind of stylus you could imagine at this point and I’ve picked my top 3 to share with you!

#3 – Nomad Play

Using some kind of wizardry, the Nomad Play looks and feels like a giant paintbrush but is actually a stylus! The benefit to this type of stylus is that you experience no friction on the screen. It feels and works great.

The Nomad Play is $20 on Amazon.

#2 – Pogo Sketch Plus

Pogo has been in the stylus market since the original iPhone so it’s hard to beat the OGs when it comes to using a Stylus with your devices. One of their newer models, the Pogo Sketch Plus, is an amazing, thin-form stylus that feels great in the hands. The tip is a sort of rubber and causes a bit of friction but it still works great. It’s one of the office favorites.

You can get the Pogo Sketch for $10 on Amazon.

#1 – Nomad Brush

To this day, the Nomad Brush is the best capacitive stylus I have ever used. It uses a thin form-factor like the Pogo Sketch, but uses a brush tip like the Nomad Play which provides the smooth, zero-friction experience that I’m used to. It’s beautifully designed and works perfectly. It’s a little higher priced than the other 2 but if you’re serious about your stylus use then I personally think you cannot go wrong with the Nomad Brush.

The Nomad Brush will run you $40 on Amazon.

Do you have a favorite stylus that I didn’t suggest? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. says

    I saw a review you did on drawing styluses. I like to draw using Sketchpad Pro on the iPad, and my computer for that matter. Personally, I like the Dagi Stylus on the iPad in Sketchbook. Give it a try, and I think you’ll change your mind.

  2. Greg says

    I am an artist that does mostly digital work at my job, but I have my roots in traditional Illustration. As such one of the things that bugs me most about using wacom tablets and other digital drawing surfaces is the lack of friction. I like friction and I feel it is an important part of the experience. When I draw pencil to paper, it isn’t as smooth as plastic on glass, there is some resistance and I use that to my advantage. It helps smooth out my line work. When I try using a touch screen with a plastic stylus the lack of friction causes all my lines to look rather jittery.

    • Profile photo of Dave Peterson says

      Totally agree with the friction comment, Greg. When I used to play around with Wacom tablets, I used to put a piece of paper between the tablet and the stylus, which gave me a more natural feel and better control.

  3. says

    I’ve been a pretty big fan of the Jot Classic stylus as of late. The round disk takes a little getting used to and it can be “noisy” as it taps against the screen but I love the way it responds and writes.