We recently reported on the release of the new AluPen Digital from Just Mobile. It has a twist out capacitive tip powered by a single AAA battery, which allows it to interact with any capacitive touchscreen device, including iOS and Android phones and tablets.
Just Mobile also sent a unit to try, and I spent a couple hours testing it out on a variety of devices. It performs exactly as advertised, giving precise control for writing, sketching and drawing in any application available on either platform.
The AluPen Digital Makes Sketching a Pleasure
I spent a little bit of time sketching the image of Santorini at the top of the page, and the AluPen made it possible to do things I could never have done with my fingertip alone, or even with a non-powered stylus.
The sketch was done in 53’s Paper app on an iPad Mini, and it used every tool in the basket. Pen, pencil, paintbrush, marker, etc. I combined all of the elements as well as mixing colors, smudging, blending and more. The only drawback is that the pen doesn’t offer pressure sensitivity.
The closest competitor to the AluPen Digital comes from 53 and is designed to work with their Paper app. The 53 Pencil works with the iPad and offers pressure sensitivity but it doesn’t have the thin 1.8mm tip. So it’s a tradeoff.
Bottom line is I really enjoyed using the AluPen Digital and highly recommend it for detailed work. You can pick one up for $49 when they’re released later this month.