(TL;DR) I’ve been playing with the Adonit Jot Script weekend quite a bit and I have to say that this is by far the best stylus I have ever used. I think I can use this to take notes on my tablet.
In a recent post, I discussed my desire for a stylus for my iPad / tablet so that I could take notes on it and finally remove that little bit of paper from my life.
It was around this time that I discovered that Evernote was teaming up with Adonit to create such a stylus. The Jot Script Evernote Edition. I’m not sure if there is any difference between the Evernote Edition and the one being sold by Adonit. I am assuming that the only difference is the Evernote edition has the Evernote logo on it along with the “Evernote Green” stripe on the top.
The tip of the styles is extremely thin compared to other styli I have tried in the past. I would put it just slightly thicker than an actual pen. However, I do not notice this difference at all when using it.
I was interested in trying to figure out how the tip worked on the stylus. When it is turned off, it does not work on any multi-touch device. However, when it is turned on, it works on all my multi-touch devices, including my iPad, Galaxy S3 and even my Apple track pad (to my surprise). My best guess is that the slight press of the pen makes the tip go capacitive and that is why the battery is required.
Now on to the actual use of the stylus. It appears that for now, Penultimate is the only app that supports all the greatness of this stylus. It works with the rest of the iPad, but only as a generic stylus. Pairing the stylus with Penultimate was simple and I was ready to go in a few seconds.
The one thing you have to take care to do properly is to say what your wrist position is. If you choose it wrong, you will mark your pages with a lot of little marks while you write. I would recommend that you pretend to write with the stylus on a piece of paper and take note of your wrist position.
Another thing you really should do is turn off multi-tasking gestures on the iPad. I found that with my wrist on the iPad, I was constantly moving to a different application.
Now on to the actual writing. Using the thinnest pen size in Penultimate is the ideal size for me and it works great! Looking at my handwriting on the tablet versus my notebook, you can only find some subtle differences. I have to work on lifting the pen up a little when I write, but other than that, it is perfect.
Where this whole thing really shines is using the Evernote integration. All notes are searchable (at least it does for me as a Premium user) and is able to search using my horrible handwriting. It makes me question the validity of what my mother always told me…. “penmanship counts”. My handwriting is terrible and Evernote appears to have no problem finding what I wrote. I will attach a few images below to prove it.
I am not sure how the battery life is yet. I am still on my first battery and I have about 2 hours of writing with it. I plan on using this enough to add a few AAA batteries to my bag so I never have to use paper again.
If you are big on writing notes for a meeting, I cannot recommend this enough. This stylus is a game changer.