A few years back, every self-respecting touchscreen smartphone sported a stylus – that is a pen-like device used for selecting and tapping on the devices’ displays.
We remember the Sony Ericsson P800, the for-runner of sorts to the modern touchscreen smartphone. We remember the excellent P1i and those from other manufacturers such as HTC.
Then came along the iPhone and touchscreen smartphones never remained the same. For the first time, here was a deviuce that did not necesarilly require a stylus for usage. A finger was sufficient.
Of course, that came at a price. We lost handwriting recognition when we threw away the stylus. We lost some measure of accuracy once the onscreen item is small in size.
But it felt great to do away with that ugly, wieldy stylus! And every touchscreen manufacturer seemed to join the bandwagon to get rid of the stylus on their devices.
But is the idea of using a stylus on a smartphone without any merits whatsoever? Is the stylus really that bad – afterall we are used to using pens in everyday scenarios. Even some iPhone users have had to purchase a stylus eventually for use (God forbid!) with their Cuppertino toys. Perhaps the sylus is not such a black sheep?
- Tell us if you have ever used any stylus-based device
- Tell us if you have used any of the newer no-stylus device
- Tell us what you think are the pros and cons of both sides
- Then tell us what (or what combination, if possible) you would prefer
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.