When Apple first unveilled the iPad, Steve Jobs went to great lengths to demonstrate how, unlike any other tablet on the market, the iPad did not require an easy-to-lose stylus. Yet, many users wanted to use their iPad to replace their paper notebooks. As apps such as Evernote, Noteshelf, Procreate and Photoshop Touch allowed users to create handwritten notes, drawings and store them in the cloud, a flurry of iPad compatible styli flooded the market.
The majority of these styli use a large rubber-like compound, about the size of a pencil eraser, on the tip of the stylus. The result was a low-resolution stylus which does not mimic the look and feel of an actual pen or pencil. Adonit entered the market with their Jot line, which used a small clear disk permitting a more accurate, high-resolution stylus, but did not really reproduce the feel of an old-school ink pen.
Enter the Jot Script Evernote Edition, Adonit’s latest creation. This stylus is different from any other on the market in several key areas: it weighs and feels very much like a quality ink pen, it has a 1.9mm high resolution tip that grants the user a great deal of control, and it actually works quite well. Adonit infused “Pixel Point” technology into this stylus which results in a very accurate, pleasant, pen and paper like feel when writing on the iPad.
The Jot Script is the size of a standard pen and is made entirely of aluminum. At this time, the pen only comes as the co-branded, “Evernote” edition trimmed in Evernote green. It is powered by a single AAA battery and is turned on using a small, flush button about two-thirds down the barrel. Adonit recommends using Evernote’s “Penultimate” app with the Jot Script. After changing a few accessibility settings on the iPad, the Jot Script is ready to go.
Most users will follow Adonit’s suggestion and start their Jot Script experience on Penultimate. Unfortunately, the app is terrible and results in a very dissatisfying experience. On Penultimate, the handwriting strokes lag perceptibly, making it difficult to write at a normal speed. The accuracy is terrible and the app often drops letters. However, with any of a number of alternate apps, such as Noteshelf, the Jot Script is an absolute pleasure to use. In Noteshelf, the Jot Script permits the user to quickly make notes, sketches and the like. The sensation of using the Jot Script with this app is remarkably similar to pencil and paper. The stylus is highly accurate, discriminates accurately between your hand (which you can rest on the screen) and the tip of the stylus. When used with good software, the Adonit Jot Script is a very satisfying, high-quality product.
There are a few minor quibbles: The power switch is flush with the barrel and very difficult to find by touch alone without looking at the pen. Some texture would be nice. The pen powers off if not used within two minutes in order to conserve battery power. Unfortunately, there is no way to adjust the time-out length which can be annoying during long meetings. Battery life is a bit short at around 6 hours, so carry some extras.
Overall, if you are looking for a high-quality, accurate stylus to take notes or make sketches on your iPad, take a close look at the Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition.