• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Three Stupids

    The electronics of the Pencil is a very worthwhile aid for using the iPad Pro 9.7. However, the slippery surface, the begging-to-be-lost Lightning adapter, and most especially the concept of plugging the Pencil into the iPad to be charged - making it stick out in a clumsy, unstable and easily damaged fashion - are three incredibly stupid design fails. I have mine wrapped in tape for grip and another piece of tape holds the adapter to my iPad case. Stupid stupid stupid - I'm just surprised they could not do better.

    33 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea poorly executed

    Works well, but not properly thought out. Why change the charge method for this one device? Especially since it is so easily damaged. Leave the pencil with the standard lightning connector and supply a male-male adapter. That way, at least when you lose the adapter you can still use any Apple USB cord to charge it fully. And that way you could make the adapter flexible so you don't trash your pencil AND your iPad when it slips off your lap while it's plugged in.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I like it

    I have to say there are a lot of reviews on here that aren't even relevant to the Pencil. Didn't anyone's parents teach them to take care of their things, especially the expensive things? BTW I have a case for an old iPad that the iPad Pro 9.7 fits in with just enough room to store the Pencil, too. I keep the Pencil in it SO I DON'T LOSE IT. Back to how the Pencil performs, I have used it to sketch, color, take notes, etc., etc., etc. It's performed well in every instance. It doesn't interface as well as it could with every app but that is something developers need to work on. The only complaint I have (which is why I can't give it 5 stars) is what another reviewer mentioned. It can be distracting for those around you when your taking notes and it's clicking on the face of the iPad. A quieter option would be good.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Has Potential

    My opinion is a bit biased. However, this is only due to the fact that I've owned a surface pro before and I liked how they made their pen a part of thir experience instead of an option.

    Because this leaves out true integration of the both the Apple iPAD Pro and the pencil. Apple has separated the two and they truly do feel separated.

    Now. The Apple Pencil is amazing. Great for drawing, writing and stylus. Although, if you're getting this pencil and you only plan on using it as a stylus then you're wasting your money. Thats beneath its true potential. Again, the pencil is amazing but I would love to have a spot to put it. Clipped or any variation of getting it to stay with my iPad Pro would be a huge plus.
    The fact that it has to be charged doesn't bug me too much considering the tech it uses. However, the fact that I have to plug it in to get it to pair each time is silly to me. I do turn off my Bluetooth to save power at certain times but having to plug it in each time seems awkward.
    I am excited to see how many other apps I will be able to use with the pencil. It is definitely different so it might just take some getting used to.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sensitivity with some design flaws

    I've been taking notes for classes digitally for a few years now, and I have tried all kinds of writing tools to get the "pencil" feel. The I bought the iPad Pro 9.7 and pencil, and honestly it's the first time it's possible to take notes like a real pencil. I use goodnotes with it and love it. It's very responsive with practically zero lag. I write very small and the Apple Pencil allows me to write small and legibly.

    Ok now the design flaws. You have to keep Bluetooth on in order for the pencil to stay constantly linked. I turn it off to conserve battery and in order to use it, once I turn Bluetooth back on I have to insert the pencil for a few seconds. I wish it had a power button and maybe a small LED light set to let me know how much power is left instead of looking at notifications on my iPad to see the battery level.

    I also think for how much it cost apple could have designed it like other tablet pencils to hold the adapter and extra tip. I also wish it wasn't so smooth and it had some grip around the bottoms.

    Besides my opinionated design flaws, I do really like it for taking notes. It's honestly really good with the pro tablets for what it is designed for.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow just wow

    As soon as you get over the crazy price that seems unreasonable, but once you use it you can't help but think wow how did Apple get something some so right just. Hopefully Apple will bring out the highly requested replacement tips and ends maybe even some grips or a pen clip would be nice

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly marries right-brain notetaking with left-brain OCD

    Studies have shown we're much better learners, listeners, and thinkers when we're writing by hand, and I'm no exception. This stylus is the perfect conduit for my right-brain preference for old-school, handwritten notes that look like they jumped straight out of my brain and onto the page, with arrows and circles and underlines and text of all sizes going in all directions, and my left-brain need for organized notes I can access at any time without having to drag notebooks around with me everywhere (not to mention storing all of the old ones). I also love the feel - it sits in my hand more like a fountain pen than a cheap piece of plastic, and I love the precision tip. Of course, it's only as good as the apps you use it with, or your ability to keep track of it, but that's not the pencil's fault.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple pencil and sketching

    I use the Apple Pencil for sketching in Paper 53 where it works very well throughout with one minor irritation; after a month's admittedly constant use I've noticed it becoming 'sticky'. Cleaning the screen with screen-wipes is not effective, but a mild nail polish remover is, making the tip glide over the glass as it did when new. By the way, the replacement tip made no difference, so it seems to be a build-up of finger prints on the glass...

    A second observation is that in the other app I use constantly, Adobe Draw, I revert to a normal micro-fibre stylus, as the Apple Pencil varies the line weight when I don't want it to, making lines and text unpredictable.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    I absolutely love using this pencil. I am an avid handwritten note taker and have been using traditional styluses for years. NO COMPARISON. The way this pencil interacts with the iPad Pro is amazing. No lag whatsoever, and unlike other styluses I don't end up with random palm marks on the page. The writing is very precise and clean. Also, it charges up fast and keeps a charge for quite a while. As for the bluetooth connection, it works perfectly. When I walk back in my office in the morning with my iPad, I pick up the pencil and start writing. It's flawless. If you go into airplane mode or turn off bluetooth you do have to plug the pencil into the iPad for one second (big deal!). I do have 3 suggestions for Apple: 1. Create a quieter, interchangeable tip for note taking. The current one makes a tapping/clicking sound when scribbling notes and it would be great to have a quieter option when in meetings. 2. Shorten it up. It's longer than any other writing instrument in my office by about 1". A little shorter would be better. 3. Add a removable pocket clip. Not only would it add convenience for toting it around, but it would prevent it from rolling off surfaces which seems to be a common complaint. Suggestions 1 and 3 would be nice aftermarket add-ons for the pencil (hint, hint!). Overall, highly recommended.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I DON't understand why people are complaining about this item

    AMAZING product! I just got it and I love it so much! I was able to rewrite my notes without my handwriting looking different or messy like other stylus pens. The reaction time is GREAT and to all those who are complaining about losing parts, please buy a pencil case and be grateful. Product is definitely worth the price.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The only Stylis out there

    The pencil is amazing! The ability to sketch and shade in such a way that you are always using a sharpened pencil is great!. The charge lasts for a long time and is convenient to carry. I wish they would of had this years ago, I love sketching and coloring with this thing, it is great for both work and play.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best stylus ever.

    This is the most accurate stylus ever. Period.
    Don't give a product a bad review because you "don't draw or sketch." That's like giving a car a bad review because you don't know how to drive.
    Don't give a product a bad review because you lost it. It's not Apple's fault that you're not careful with your possessions.
    If you use this stylus for its intended purpose, and are mature enough not to lose things, it's the best you can get.

    15 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Wait

    I was disappointed that the Apple Pencil wasn't available when I purchased my IPad Pro but it was worth the wait. The only negatives about it don't have to do with how it works but how the top is prone to getting lost when you have to charge it and there isn't a convenient way to store your pencil. I think Apple should have incorporated a way to store the pencil with their case.. I am sure the second generation release will correct this. I don't mind not having an eraser option built in especially since other stylus's that I have used the eraser feature was lacking and I find the undo feature or menu options works just fine. I hope future iPhones will be able to use this pencil.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love The Pencil But....

    I love the pencil but it is definitely a bit pricy and I can't believe there isn't some sort of compatible case/carrying device. No attachment feature to the Apple case and not use friendly case.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    best ever

    it makes life so much easier.just got it and paired it to my iPad pro

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not ready for prime time

    The function of the pencil is great, BUT...
    1. It is too long and does not fit in my pocket
    2. It is too slick and my fingers slide down it or become tired trying to hold on to it
    3. The cap is too small and will get lost
    4. The charging adaptor is too small and will get lost
    5. I do not know of any way to tell when the pencil is fully charged-no lights, no beep, no signals.
    6. I do not know of a way to tell when the pencil needs charging.
    7. The price is too great to deal with these practical matters.
    8. It doesn't work with anything else that I own that comes from Apple.
    9. I believe there are other options that are smaller, less expensive and just as precise that will serve my needs.
    10. I do not paint or draw, so the applicable benefits in this area are not needed.

    Therefore, the lack of value exceed the benefits for me.

    45 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Steve is rolling over in his grave

    I loved this device for about 5 minutes. Then it lost it's Bluetooth connection. And after recharging and reconnecting about 100 times my patience wore thin. Support asked me to provide the serial number which I was told is printed on the Lightning connector. Really?? I could have sworn it wasn't there at all, but after using a 10x magnifying glass I could barely read the smallest, faintest numbers I've ever seen on any consumer device. Support also suggested I reset my network settings, which did nothing. At one point I thought I had lost that ridiculous male-to-male Lighting adaptor, which would have rendered the device useless. Losing the stupid little white end cap would just be annoying since it's just a dust cover, but without the equally small and more easily lost Lightning adaptor you're screwed.

    I cannot believe Steve would not have allowed this thing to go to market. It is an technology advance but severely lacking in the common-sense practically that Steve insisted on.

    60 of 80 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING

    Pretty chill. You dont have to sharpen it.

    13 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely device but so impractical really

    I woukd rate it 5 stars if the designers had considered what happens when you aren't actually using it. The weight on 1 side is nice when you put it down and it stays there but if there is any kind of slope it'll just roll away.

    As others have said the magnetic lightning cover is just being too be lost...should have been a screwtop.

    No clip for it so it's bound to get lost...even cheap normal pens have clips so why on earth did apple not consider that?

    Lovely to use, crisp and quick...

    Far far too expensive...

    44 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute best out there

    The incredible precision and accuracy of this pencil is outstanding and exceeds all expectations.

    11 of 16 people found this useful