The Bamboo Stylus is a capacitive stylus that looks like an ordinary pen, with a little clip on the end so you can hook it to your breast pocket (no pocket protector required, har har). But don't worry if that isn't the look you're going for, because the clip is removeable. The Bamboo Stylus is designed for the iPad, but we also tried it on a few Android tablets and it worked just as well. It's 12 cm long and weighs 18 grammes, and the body is metal with a thin rubber lining for comfort.
The ballpoint is made of soft rubber and you can feel a solid protuberance behind that seems to simulate a second tip.
This finely finished stylus comes in five colours: white, green, orange, pink and blue. There's also a "Duo" version with an actual ballpoint pen tip on the other end. The Bamboo Paper app for iOS products is available for free from the Apple App Store (see below and inset).
The Bamboo Stylus fits perfectly in your hand, and the weight is calibrated just right to give you that feeling that you're holding a quality instrument without weighing a ton. However, it may be a tad large for people with extra-small hands. The Griffin Stylus, in comparison, seem more universally sized.
The Bamboo Stylus is effective for both writing and drawing. But you should note that the hard tip beneath the soft rubber surface does taking a certain getting-used-to. The rubber surface is what your tablet recognises; the hard tip is only there for feel and precision. So, basically, for a completely intuitive experience you have to pretend that the hard tip isn't even there.
The Bamboo Stylus is great for all uses and users, from beginners to experts. Graphic designers and budding Picassos alike will get what they need out of this stylus, once they get the feel for it.
- Ideal weight
- Effective contact point
- Works on the fly / A handy weapon for frantic writers and drawers
- Bamboo Paper app is extensive and enjoyable
- Removeable clip
- Still lacks precision: the tip under the rubber is deceptive
- May be a tad large for some users
There was no way Wacom was going to come out with a shoddy stylus. The Bamboo Stylus doesn't have perfect precision yet, but it's certainly sufficient for any activity, whether it's navigating on an Android or iOS tablet or expressing your creativity in the Bamboo Paper app (iOS only).