We’ve reviewed more than a few capacitive styluses for iPad & iPhone and touchscreens, and they’ve never been all that impressive. While some of them have been very nice, they have all lacked accuracy. Instead of a fine tip, like a pen, they have large round tips. This makes it hard to accurately register touch in a given spot. The contact point on these styli needs to be large to register as a touch. Fortunately, oStylus has come up with a solution for this dilemma. They created a stylus that has a donut shaped contact point. The small hole in the center of the donut is the actual area that registers as a touch. This is especially helpful while you’re drawing because you can see the exact point you’re going to start drawing on.
The other very nice aspect of oStylus is that the donut contact point swivels. This means you can use your oStylus at an angle without sacrificing good contact. oStylus is crafted from stainless steel, titanium, and solid aluminum. The contact donut has a thin white vinyl sticker over it to prevent scratching. oStylus comes with two extra vinyl stickers. The design is minimalistic looking, but elegant and actually quite comfortable. It’s designed after a pencil, so it’s long and skinny, though a bit heavier and smoother then a pencil. It works very well for drawing. The only issue I had was that it didn’t always register an individual tap.
oStylus works on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy, all Android phones, and any other capacitive touch screen. The oStylus was originally selling for $75, but is now selling $37.50 from oStylus.com. The website currently says that oStylus has a six-week back order. $37.50 is pretty pricey, but it is one of the most accurate styluses we’ve used. If you do a lot of touchscreen sketching, then the oStylus may pay for itself.
The Good: Swivels, good accuracy with donut hole, comfortable
The Bad: Misses occasional individual tap, a bit pricey