Since 2010, some artists approached to drawing on an iPad. Initially, this process consisted of drawing with a felt tip that emulates the capacitive touch on the screen. To most people who want to touch with a pen-like instrument or do simple things such a note taking, these styli were the only way to go. For most artists, drawing on the iPad wasn't a great option since it didn't support features like pressure sensitivity. A device such as the Wacom Cintiq is specifically designed for that task, capable of reading 2,000 levels of pressure sensitivity. (Now they have Cintiq Windows tablets specifically for drawing, but they're incredibly expensive) The iPad also didn't have palm rejection built into the hardware, so every time you pressed your palm on the screen, it would register a touch. Devices like the Cintiq will only register drawing with the Stylus and nothing else.
Naturally, software, such as SketchBook Pro, ArtRage Pro and Procreate were created to harness the creativity of artists. Of course, you could still create great art once you got a hang of the tools, but the stylus still remained crummy for anything serious.
Enter, Adonit. Back in 2011, they started a Kickstarter for the Jot, a whole new way to write and draw on the iPad. Instead of a large, inaccurate felt tip, it had a circular disc on the top that allowed you to draw much more accurately. The Jot model was improved with the Jot Touch Pro and soon a model that featured Bluetooth arrived in 2012 . It was not without its issues. Battery life issues, SDK problems and disc problems turned off many people. In 2013, Jot introduced the Jot Touch 4, that improved on the flawed original, with increased sensitivity, Bluetooth 4.0 for better battery life and better pairing. Still, there were some issues such as palm rejection, but it's a solid device.
Adonit's latest drawing stylus is departure from their beginnings. First off, there's no disc or cap! The Stylus uses "Pixelpoint" technology that according to the company brings a "whole new level of precision to the stylus." This is also their first stylus to integrate with the "Adobe Creative Cloud", specifically for the apps "Sketch" and "Line". I'll be honest, I am not really sold on this "Creative Cloud" nonsense and thankfully you don't need to use Adobe products to use this stylus. Programs that aren't entrenched into the Adobe creative monopoly such as Procreate are fortunately still supported. The majority of this review will be focused on using the Jot Touch Pixelpoint with this app.
Upon receiving the stylus from Amazon, the first thing I noticed once I opened it up is that the stylus is bigger than previous Jot Touch models. Compared to my Jot Touch 4, it's a much heavier feel. It feels almost weird to see a Adonit Jot Touch without a top. I almost went looking for a top, but none to be found.
Pairing the device was a snap. Watch out Procreate users, you will need to make a small adjustment based on your drawing style. For example, if you draw left handed in Portrait mode, you need to let Procreate know about that in the settings. Drawing in comparison to the Jot Touch 4 was quite different. The heavier, thicker size will take getting used to. Not to mention, the tip makes a lot of noise. The highly-touted Pixelpoint is accurate...for the most part. It seems to do a lot more strokes than my old Jot Touch 4. Occasionally, I may need to press down directly in order for it to work accurately. Maybe it's a program issue with Procreate or me.
When using the stylus, I STRONGLY recommend using a screen protector like the Moshi iVisor XT and NOT something like the Zagg InvisibleShield! Not only it's hard to apply on, but it's rather thin; making it unsuitable for protection (Adonit even doesn't recommend it themselves!) I'm very satisfied the Moshi iVisor since it's easy to apply and protects the screen very well. Having used it for my previous iPad, it didn't give me a single scratch. However, it remains to be seen if the Pixelpoint tip will cause long term damage to the screen since the tip takes a little more pressure to draw.
The Pixelpoint tip is not replaceable. Adonit says it's designed to last up to 100 kilometers or 62 miles. At this time, it remains to be seen this stylus will last the test of time. Only time will tell. Battery life on this device is shorter than the Jot Touch 4; Only 11 hours on a full charge. I recall the Touch 4 having much more longer life. I guess the new technology has some tradeoffs. It will take about 90 minutes to fully charge on it's specialized USB Charger.
The stylus may have a few drawbacks, but the good outweighs the bad. The only major drawback that may prevent people from purchasing this stylus is that costs $119.99 USD, a $30 premium from the Jot Touch 4 (that's still available). I don't recommend upgrading if you already have a 4 already, but if you're a first timer to bluetooth styluses, it would be a good choice, especially if you plan on using it with the Adobe iPad drawing apps.