Spent a while researching styli. Almost got an Alupen and a Cosmonaut, but decided against them after I got my current 2 sets of New Trent Arcadia
mesh fiber tipped styli (black and white, clickpen style).
The plastic parts around the tip can be easily removed. Not entirely sure of their function yet, but perhaps they prevent the tip from deforming too much when in use.
To add, I also went with a screen protector because bare glass is SO good at collecting smudges and dirt, and after 2 days of use, the screen starts looking yellow-gray and lacks clarity. So the screen protector I went with is a 2-pack of Tech Armor clear sheets
. Installation was pretty seamless, no bubbles if applying gradually from top to bottom. Screen is crystal clear - can't tell anything is on. The surface is fairly hard, but a tiiiiny bit squeaky, BUT it is very good at not getting cloudy and dirty now. And as advertised, stylus sensitivity appears to be fine over it.
Back to fiber-tipped styli, in my case New Trent Arcadia. So my first 2-pack was pretty good, but the white stylus was significantly mushier than the black one and did not register as well. Have to tap harder to register contact, and writing is easier with the black stylus (in my case). But overall, these styli + screen protector = perpetually clear screen, pretty easy navigation, selecting, and typing, and overall pretty convenient. No stylus squeaking on the screen protector. Before this change, I was wiping the screen every half a day =/
I thought Cosmonaut would be good for tap-selecting, but some recent Amazon reviews indicate that it can get worse with time, and also some individual units require significant pressure for contact to register. So mesh-tipped styli seem like the best option in terms of not leaving marks on the screen, wearing out slower, and being smooth to glide.
My next stylus to try will probably be one of the iFaradays. AMPen Hybrid was also on my list, but some reviews say that the mesh around the tip stars fraying quickly, and that the tip squeaks against some screens, so I decided to hold off. Anyone else here with stylus + screen protector experience?Edited by ElevenEleven - 1/25/13 at 10:40am