• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's sketchy...but don't DARE drop it.

    • Written by Edward a S from Los Angeles

    I love the way the pencil works as a drawing tool and it's as good if not better than any Wacom product (5 stars for that). When you bear down it can get confused and flash it's edge shading tool. I got mine in 3 weeks. The cylindrical industrial design promotes breakage as every other #2 pencil in the world is faceted so as not to roll off a desk. No eraser as on Wacom and 53. Lots of changing tools. Mine fell from my pants pocket to the ground (3 feet) and the tip bent and it would not draw properly. I changed the tip and now it works better, but still has sensing issues. Dropping a computer is a rarity, but dropping a pencil is pretty commonplace. Seems too precious for long term everyday use. How can you reinvent a 99 cent pencil into a $99. pencil and have it be this fragile? (2 star deduction.) It falls nose down with all the electronics inside so I was toast. It's also about an inch longer than the average pen so it seems awkward in a shirt pocket, thus flipping out of my side pant pocket. Be careful not to lose the chicklet sized adapter that allows it it be charged by cord. No means of attaching it to the case. Samsung buried theirs in the device. When it works I love it and the software can only get better. Great pencil, just don't drop it..

    4935 of 5367 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cool pencil but 15 sec charge is 1-2 min not 30.

    • Written by William S from Temecula

    Constantly charging this pencil. It is neat and writes well. Love the smooth drawing better than standard rubber tips on other pencils. However I can't seem to have the battery last longer than a few minutes. I leave it plugged in for a minute and get about 3-5 min use out of it. 15 second charge lasts less than 2 min. Way too slippery and is always rolling or sliding off surfaces or pockets. Needs a little lanyard and facets

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No pencil tip replacements

    • Written by Nancy M from Rowley

    Very disappointed in Apple for releasing a product that you cant buy replacement tips for. Just got it less than a month ago and am using the spare replacement tip that was included in the box, the first one only lasted 2 weeks. Apple says they don't sell replacement tips at this time so my options are to purchase a new pencil. Who can afford to do this every couple months?

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Slippery feel of Apple Pencil

    • Written by Wai Kan Victor L from Toronto

    I would like to see two improvements to the Pencil:

    I would like to feel more friction between Apple Pencil and the screen. The current version is slippery. Doesn't feel like using a pencil on paper at all. Microsoft Surface Pen gives much more pleasant and realistic friction.

    Please make the pencil easy to carry together with the iPad.

    38 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil is too smooth

    • Written by David B from Etobicoke

    I purchased the pencil when i bought the Pro because I have found all other devices to be a poor substitute for the finger but writing or doodling with a finger is awkward. I like the new pencil except for the surface of the pencil. It is responsive and a nice weight but I find my fingers slipping down on the much too smooth surface. My solution was a piece of ¼" masking tape around the pen where I grasp it with my fingers. Works but too bad the Apple designers/engineers couldn't have thought of this in the design process. It is quite an over sight on their part. Should have asked for some advice from Pen makers like Parker, Mont Blanc etc.

    47 of 51 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing tool, but flawed

    • Written by Kevin L from Petawawa

    I got the pencil I must say that I love writing and drawing with it. It is by far the best stylus available on any device of any kind, but it always stays connected and if you don't use it all the time the pencil is dead because you forget to charge it and it does not turn off automatically.

    42 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Please give me a place to store it!

    • Written by Scott S from Newton

    I love writing and drawing with the Apple pencil. I carry my iPad Pro, with a keyboard cover and the Apple Pencil with me to most of my meetings, every day. It's the first stylus I've ever been able to use successfully to take handwritten notes in a meeting.

    The problem is where to put it? There's no slot or loop in the iPad or keyboard cover for holding the pencil, so it naturally goes in my pocket between meetings. The problem? The pencil is slick, so it occasionally falls out (once in my car and once in a conference room, so far). When it doesn't fall out, I occasionally forget and leave it in my pocket. Ever wonder if an Apple Pencil will survive a trip through the washer and drier? It won't. last night, I pulled my Apple Pencil out of the drier for the second time in two months. Broken, again. I won't be buying another until I can figure out how to keep it from happening again.

    45 of 51 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great iPad Tool But Has Design Flaw

    • Written by Michael R from Scottsdale

    Having purchased the iPad Pro, I decided to also order the Apple Pencil to go with it so that I can handwrite information during times when I can not type.

    The overall design and concept are great, but Apple made a serious design flaw with regards to the charging system on the pencil.

    Instead of a male Lightening connector hidden under the cap, it should have had a female connector so that charging cords could be plugged directly in instead of relying on a small female to female connector which is very easy to lose and Apple does not appear to sell a replacement (which would probably be $10~$15!!).

    Overall I love the device but the charging system leaves something to be desired especially for business travelers such as myself.

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but only for a few Apps

    • Written by Stewart S from Dunboyne

    Works well for some apps e.g. Apple Notes, but unfortunately until more apps are able to reduce the latency issue, it's pretty much just a very expensive stylus.

    50 of 58 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great pencil but with major flow

    • Written by Marcin B from NEW YORK

    This pencil is really great - it works just as advertised and I like it a lot....but I end up constantly looking for it and misplacing it. I wish it was magnetized to stick to the side of the iPad. My brother got Surface and was braging to me how pen for surface sticks to the side of the tablet. I wish apple pencil would do the same. That's why I'm giving it only 3 out of 5 stars.

    66 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Best bluetooth stylus, needs design updates

    • Written by Austin Z from Tucson

    Works as said, writing has been the best experience on an iPad so far.

    As for the design, like everything else Apple makes, high quality and feels great in the hands.

    Two suggestions, the F/F charging adapter should be built in to the pencil. Second, there should be a removable clip to help secure the pencil, if for any reason, so it doesn't roll off flat surfaces all the time. It should be a multi-piece, modular system that would allow the user to add or take away based on their needs or desire to not lose so many small pieces. Please Apple, if you're going to make the pencil a huge part of the experience, you should think about a case that incorporates storage for a $100 accessory.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love The Pencil But....

    • Written by David O from New Castle

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Has Potential

    • Written by Steven V from Riverside

    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.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good idea poorly executed

    • Written by Martin H from Greenlawn

    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.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Feels Like Plastic on Plastic

    • Written by Jessica F from Palm Coast

    I was very excited to try the Apple Pencil. Sure, it responds well to pressure, and provides a more realistic output. Sure, it has a reasonable battery life, and an excellent way to recharge on the go. Unfortunately, these are the only things Apple seemed to pay attention to. I never expected that the pencil would just feel "bad" to use. It slides across the iPad Pro screen. Slides. It feels like plastic on plastic. No tactile response, no give at all like graphite against paper or even most styli against a screen. This unpleasant sensation of using the Apple Pencil has been more than enough to keep me from preferring it over pen and paper or mouse and MacBook Pro when all things are equal.

    Other issues: The Apple Pencil is too long and too heavy. It has a smooth plastic case that feels hard and uninteresting; there are no gel grips, no color options, and no consideration of tactile enjoyment at all, it seems. There's also no clip, as many have discussed, which means this loves to roll. And there's no casing or cover for the tip, which I discovered was a huge problem the moment I stuck it in a bag with my other pens and pencils. It came out stained with graphite left behind by the pencils. Very attractive. And, of course, the charging port in the back is covered by a tiny cover that would just love to get lost.

    Overall, some of the power of this device is truly incredible: It creates output very similar to a variety of pens, pencils, etc., when paired with proper apps and the iPad Pro. So, three stars for doing these central things and doing them impressively well.

    Minus 2 stars, though, for (1) just being unpleasant and uncomfortable to use, (2) design flaws having to do with weight, length, no cap for the tip, easy-lose cap on the other end, (3) general fragility, (4) aesthetic blahness, and (5) no available replacement tips.

    Save your money until Mac makes a better Apple Pencil.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just OK...perhaps 2.0 will be better...

    • Written by Earl H from Woodstock

    After several months with this device and an iPad Pro it seems like this device could have been a whole lot better. It does have good battery life which is a nice perk. The biggest problem I have faced is it is very expensive for what you get and does not even have a way to fasten it to a shirt pocket or anything else for that matter. It is almost like they were planning for it to be lost quickly. The cap on the top is totally non functional and again a good item to get lost in a hurry. The components seem well designed but the overall function of it as far as day to day use seems to have escaped its engineers. I had to go to a third party to get something to attach it to my iPad Pro. Ridiculous that a almost 100 bucks there is no decent way to keep the iPad Pro and this item together. Seems like for the cost the iPad Pro should have some dock built in for charging and storage in my opinion. Perhaps 2.0 will get it right. My advice to Apple put a clip on it first of all so it does not want to roll off the desk.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Neat, but NOT designed with southpaws in mind.

    • Written by Jacob D from Carrollton

    Pros: Absolutely flawless accuracy. Works well with even a thick gel screen protector, and glides easily over the screen. The pencil itself is simple and intuitive to use and gains a useful charge in about five seconds. It would be nice to have a setting to adjust pressure sensitivity; it responds very well, it just doesn't adapt to those who may be a little heavy/light-handed. The poor neglected Chinese workers (yeah, I said it, do something, Apple) did a fantastic job constructing these things, and it feels very durable and of very high quality. With that said, it is a tad long (a little shorter than your average wooden pencil, I think), which makes it a little ungainly to put in a pocket or something. But an overall fantastic product, and well worth the money, I think.

    Cons: The pencil seems to be capable of much more than it is actually allowed to do in iOS. For instance, you'd think I'd be able to (natively) write this paragraph with my pencil: I cannot. You'd also think Notes would make writing with a pencil more natural, but you essentially have to open up an image in Notes to sketch on, and any words you type would fall before or after the image: you can't simply write over and in between your typed words while note-taking - lame. Lastly, this was obviously not designed for us lefties. All of the convenient buttons and options are still on the right side of the screen, and there's no accessibility option in the settings menu (ie, there are more accessibility settings for blind and deaf (and I mean blind AND deaf, Helen Keller-style) people than for lefties.) And iOS sometimes recognizes a lefty palm as a button-click or stroke of the pencil.

    This product is perfect for those of you, like myself, received your brand new iPad Pro and said, "Well, now what?" Adding the pencil definitely brings the iPad up to pace with its own market price, and makes it an invaluable tool for those looking to make their iPad a part of their daily work/school/home life. Solid 5 out of 7.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Balance, Weight, and Tilt are drawbacks

    • Written by Christopher H from Pflugerville

    Look, if you have an ipad pro, you need this if you are going to sketch with it, period.

    That being said, I'd like to see the next iteration of this device at about 2/3 the weight, and 4/5 the length - this is balanced more like a paint brush than a pen or pencil and drawing with it is a real chore when you're used to a super light tipped mechanical pencil. I have pondered dremeling off the shell to reduce weight but the balance issue would still be there.

    Regarding the tilt, using procreate (the only really fully featured painting application out there, an awesome buy at $5, it seems like the curve is REALLY weighted toward the middle, either it's fully tilting or not tilting much at all. This doesn't feel much like the real thing. Great for quick shading but if you want to play with the weight of the stroke as you make it, you're going to have to use pressure instead, and that's iffy.

    This thing charges super fast, and has a few hours of drawing in it for each charge, I would happily take 2/3 battery life for a lighter pencil.

    I know this is going to sound picky, but if you're trying to draw on this thing with minute detail you'll notice the struggle in your line quality, it just doesn't feel like my stroke. I have considered doing pencil drawing and then using this to paint after doing a pic but it just... it's so close .

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So many problems in design, lost parts, etc..

    • Written by Ron D from Murrieta

    What happened to Apple? Oh yea, Steve Jobs Died, SADLY.

    It's clear to see the trend downward that Apple is taking in the aftermath of Jobs' having passed away.

    The design is amazingly BAD for an Apple Product.
    Magnetic Cover? Mine fell off within 2 days of purchase, and I cannot find it anywhere.
    ONE HUNDRED dollars and no clip for shirt pockets.
    The Pencil itself is WAY too long, and not easily stored anywhere, forget shirt pockets.

    Charging adapter? Another joke, another something to quickly LOSE.
    Plus, it's more likely that users would want to charge the unit with wall charger and not the iPad itself.

    On a positive note, it seems to pair easily and charges very quickly. Accuracy is great, and overall a must-have for iPad Pro.

    Like I said, it works great, costs TOO much and has too many flaws preventing one to truly love it.

    83 of 101 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but could be better

    • Written by David H from Carbost

    I purchased the pencil at the same time as an IpadPro and on taking it home, charged it over night but could not get it to pair or even be recognised. It is impossible to trouble shoot the pencil as there is no way to check if the battery is charged unless it pairs with an iPad! I have 2 Pros and neither would recognise the pencil. I could not determine if the battery was faulty, the bluetooth on the pencil wasn't working, but was able to identify the unit on the About screen in settings - so the lightning connection was ok. After spending 4 hours with Apple Helpdesk doing all the things I had already done, Reboot, update, hard and soft resets etc. etc I was unable to prove what was wrong. In the end I took the pen back to the retailer (a 5 hour round journey) to be told the pencil was faulty - which I had thought immediately but could not prove. The pencil needs an indicator that a. it is charging and b that it is charged without having to connect it to the iPad/phone etc. The new one paired straight away on both units. Had there been indicators it would have saved a lot of time and a long car journey.

    30 of 35 people found this useful