Ten One Design Pogo Stylus full review

In 2008, Ten One Design was one of the first companies on the scene with a working stylus for the iPhone, the Pogo Sketch (around £10 online). The company has since released the Sketch's shorter, slimmer sibling, the Pogo Stylus (around £11 online).

I bought a Pogo Sketch within months of its release to do some quick sketching on my iPhone. Though the screen proved a bit too small for serious work, I continued to use the Sketch whenever I needed to doodle something electronically.

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After I got an iPad, I started bringing the stylus everywhere I went, in case I felt like drawing. I've thus had a lot of experience with the Sketch, and I still quite like it for quick and easy pieces – its weight and shape let it fit nicely in your hand.

Both Ten One styluses use a capacitive foam nib (the tip that actually makes contact with the touchscreen) rather than the silicone more-recent models have adopted.

This works to their advantage when navigating smaller links on a Safari page or within an app; however, when drawing or writing, the foam generates more friction against the touchscreen, making it more difficult to keep a steady hand while trying to execute clean lines.

At the same time, the Sketch and Stylus excel at precision work. When zoomed in on your canvas, the relatively smaller radius of their nibs makes it easier to see what you’re working on and what you need to do next.

I like the Pogo Sketch for quick line-drawing sketches, like this roller skating drabble I did last autumn.

The major difference separating the Pogo Sketch and Stylus is the Sketch's longer body is designed for writing and sketching on a touch device or trackpad, while the Stylus is shorter and aimed at the general "I want to use a stylus with my touchscreen device" market.

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The Stylus is just barely long enough to fit comfortably in your hand, much like a well-worn, sharpened pencil – you must hold it almost vertically during use to avoid accidentally brushing against the screen.

In other words, the Stylus is great for browsing apps or tapping on a virtual keyboard, but not so much for drawing.

(Both models provide a way to secure the stylus when not in use: the Sketch sports a traditional pen-style clip; the Stylus includes two clips that attach to your iPhone – one for a bare phone and the other to fit thin cases. The Stylus's iPhone clips can each double as an iPhone stand.)