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Adonit Jot Touch: A Poor Effort At A Stylus

One of the areas where the iPad really struggles to compete with other tablets is as a note taking device. Android devotees can choose from two sizes of Galaxy Note tablet, both of which work brilliantly well. Windows advocates on the other hand have a wider selection of manufacturers and technologies, with different active pen support at all pricing levels.

For the iPad it's been the capacitive stylus or nothing. Writing with a sausage hardly matches up to the full active tablet experience, even if iPad software developers have managed to bring the best tools to the game.

There has been a recent attempt to move note taking on the iPad forward, using powered stylii that leverage Bluetooth 4 LE and fine point tips to improve the writing experience. The Adonit Jot Touch With PixelPoint is one such device.

I came to the Jot Touch with high hopes. This seemed like the ideal tool for note takers, bringing the iPad's software together with a writing tool worthy of the name. That illusion was swiftly shattered.

The Jot Touch with PixelPoint works with selected pieces of software that have implemented the software tools to utilise its key features, to whit: palm rejection, pressure sensitivity, button control and precision.

Even for the best of those applications that I tried the Jot Touch's performance was terrible.

I tried the following apps: Adonit's own Forge app, Penultimate from Evernote, GoodNotes and Smart Note. All but Smart Note are recommended on Adonit's site. Performance in all is nothing short of terrible.

I found palm rejection to perform woefully in each application. In Penultimate I found a huge discrepancy between the stylus tip position and the on screen representation of the position, and in all applications the Jot Touch failed to register between 10% and 20% of all pen strokes. Even Adonit's own Forge app struggled with the relationship between stylus and page.

In fact I found that I could achieve almost identical performance from the Jot Touch when used in Bamboo Paper and OneNote. That is to say that the stylus performed as a standard sausage stylus without any of the functional enhancements offered. As these apps are unsupported that's not surprising. The truth is that it demonstrates no real value in the recommended software or the features claimed for the stylus.

For note takers the Jot Touch is an expensive waste of money. Delivering none of the claimed precision or palm rejection. For this reason I highly recommend that you avoid this stylus, at least until Adonit and/or the app developers deliver a much improved package.

A very disappointing product.