• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil 5 Stars, Adapter 1 Star

    • Written by Jennifer N S from Union

    I would have rated the Apple Pencil with a 5 had I been able to find a replacement for the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter. The pencil has worked great, holds its charge, charges quickly and I have had very few problems connecting to my ipad, and the problems I have had have been fixed quickly by plugging it in to the tablet...though I did have to forget and relearn device a couple of times at the beginning.

    The problem I have is with the charging adapter. It is so small and easily lost. Once it few into a cup of coffee...just one of those weird freak accidents. Amazingly, it survived that, but somehow it got crushed. I don't know how. It was in the case with my tablet and apple pencil, which were fine, but suddenly this thing was cracked the whole way down one side.

    I spent the total of an hour searching for a replacement on apple's site, then on hold chatting with the world's slowest techy as he basically did the same thing I already did, only to return and tell me he can't find it. The part he found was male to female, not female to female. Not sure what the purpose of THAT is.

    So he said to go to my "local apple store" and see if they have it. Well, I have no "local" apple store. I'm in a very remote area, so how the heck am I supposed to replace this thing? ***Something so easily lost, easily damaged???*** Stupid. It wasted over an hour of my time, then apple paid their guy to waste 40 minutes doing what I did in 20!

    Did I already say stupid??? I hate buying third party replacements because they are never reliable in my experience. They work for a bit, then there's an update and "ERROR. DEVICE NOT SUPPORTED." Buff

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need customisable side button(s)! Make a "Pro Pen"?

    • Written by Melker A from Stockholm

    I know Apple thinks Simplicity is better (no buttons) but as a digital artist I would really want 1-2 extra side buttons like the Wacom or Surface pro pens - that can be customisable in different apps.

    I really want to use the side button to use the eye dropper tool - makes drawing so much faster.

    I have also heard that the full Photoshop is in the making for the iPad - so having customiable buttons on the pen would allow me to fulfill the professional worksflow I had with my Wacom pen.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Niche product over priced Bad design

    • Written by Rahul G from Laurel

    I normally believe that Apple makes some of the best designed products. The Apple Pencil however in my opinion has taken over the lead from the Apple keyboard. The pencils Cap be lost very easily. There is no doubt that you will have close calls with the Cap knocked off and you have to go looking for it. In order to stop the pencil from draining battery you have to turn off the Bluetooth on your iPad which causes you to not have access to other Bluetooth devices. If you listen to your headphones the Apple Pencil will link up and start draining your battery.
    The most egregious design flaw is the charger. It is a rectangular piece of plastic that costs approximately $10 (thats is a super markup) is used to make the pencil draw a charge from a cable.

    If you’re feeling brave you can take the cap off and stick the pencil into the iPad’s charging port at the botoom. This creates a very dangerous situation as any vertical movement can cause either the charging ports to get damaged on the pencils outlet to be damaged.

    Here is what I recommend
    Go to the Apple Store and holding Apple Pencil ask the store clerk to show you how the Apple Pencil is charged on the iPad. Take note of the fact there is no magnetic mount. Too big for your pocket. Using other accessories with the Apple Pencil and Bluetooth is not going to be a good idea as you start having battery drain. If you don’t charge the Apple Pencil, runs out of battery the battery might get damaged and you will be out of luck and will have a $100 probably cost $15 to manufacture. Replacement 70 to 100 bucks.

    The lesson I have learned for the day is that just because a company makes one high-quality product does not imply that the rest of the products match that scale.

    48 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    pretty awesome! but...

    • Written by Daniel N from Denver

    This thing is obviously great for note taking...

    BUT lets talk about the big but... There is a big missing functionality with gestures. Why no ability to swipe up to change apps? At least if the user is capable of understanding the settings and able to change it and allow the function to exist with the pencil. I was able to do this with third party device, but not this one... this would make it so quick to switch between apps and improve multitasking, for students and professionals.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great as long as it is charged

    • Written by Carlos E. K. I from Fort Mill

    I am disappointed with my apple pen because of the battery lifetime. I is always running low on battery and I have to charge it very frequently. I have expected more from a product that is very well paid, if you compare with other in the market. OK, the product works well with the iPad Pro, but the short battery life is annoying.
    I hope I find another option in the market soon and will try it to see, if I can subtitute his one from apple ...
    Another issue is the form of the pencil. As the name says, it is round and as such rolls around my table. There is also no “attaching” device to secure the pensil elsewhere. It is for me a puzzle that a company like apple develops a (supposed to be) high tech product, with the physical performance of a pencil of the 18th century (round, slips everywhere, no covers, noc clips, no nothing).
    Actually, Apple should be thankful for this candid review, as most of its customers seem to be so locked in, that they fail on sound judgment, starting to accept everything Apple offers, without critical mass ...
    Hope this helps. Next time I will ask for compensation, as you do, when you enter an Apple store ...
    Tks

    29 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too big and too heavy

    • Written by George V from Ηράκλειο

    My hand after a while hurts , I find the Pencil to be big and very heavy and quite uncomfortable for those who use it for many hours straight

    24 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Satisfied...kind of

    • Written by Richard P from Georgetown

    With easy setup right out of the box, it’s sleek and simple design may be its own down fall.

    The cap and charging adapter is just annoying and begging to be lost
    Gripping is easy but after awhile it gets uncomfortable
    and if your using it on a table, it just rolls away.
    But it charges fast
    seems like the perfect weight and size of an actual pencil
    and it’s super easy to plug in and start using.
    I use it for drawing that is until today. I hadn’t used it for about two months and today it won’t pair. I’ve tried everything, even support and tricks the internet has to offer. I’m not sure if the iOS is to blame or if it’s just done for.
    For the price, it’s a good pen compared to other pro stylus. However be prepared to replace it.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it but can use some improvements

    • Written by Vanessa S from Burbank

    Love it! Performancewise - it does the job (that’s my 3 stars) but please make it worth the price. iPad Pro users will always buy the Apple Pencil, so you guys dont need to worry about losing buyers, but please think of your customers as well. Again I really love it - and here are my BUTS ———Once you misplace it and it’s battery dies...sigh I can’t find mine since the battery is dead. And I am so angry because right now, I can’t afford to get one. Need to design it in such a way that once it’s not being used, like the iPhone, iPads, and MACBOOKS, power off so batt doesn’t die and put a beep sound and add it to the list of devices that could be found using the Find My app.. For $99, throw in more accessories to it, like a grips in different colors (or better yet, design a textured one for a better grip). Also throw in different color tips and lightning adaptors and the Belkin case with it. Also add more colors and not just white. Rose, grey, gold? Design is cool, sleek, but not practical - it is slippery, will slide on an incline, cap is easily dislodged. Why not a cap that screws on and off and is magnetic at the same time? Also add a clip to it, different colors too, just so that it can be clipped on breast pockets. Hopefully, at least some of these wishes of mine will come true.

    50 of 54 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, needs work

    • Written by Ann-Marie O from Hallett Cove

    Can’t work out how to monitor battery power, just get notification when it is almost flat
    Slides out of the case easily, nearly lost it twice
    Writes lovely, but unfortunately not reliable enough to replace pen and paper

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful idea, wonderful form. Wish it was reliable.

    • Written by Zoe M from TULSA

    The first few days I had the pencil, it was a wonder. It was the ideal stylus I needed for my academic needs. However, right off the bat I realized a few issues. I noticed that there was no efficient way to monitor the battery life of the pencil. And i want to make the note that I think the battery life itself is quite okay, unlike some other users of the pencil. But after about two weeks I noticed some changes for the worse. Suddenly it needed to be re-paired, frequently. In the middle of class every couple minutes or so I would need to plug the pencil in to have it work, and these are valuable seconds I'm losing in the middle of a lecture. And when I'm at home working on something like precalc, it's a little frustrating to have to pause and interrupt the algebraic process to re-pair the pencil, especially if I'm working with a concept I struggle with already. I really want this stylus to be all that it can, it was the perfect technological accessory at first. All in all, it would be sweet if Apple worked on refining the pencil and really making it into the ultimate tool for the ipad pro; into something that could truly enhance and progress the user's experience. It's a great idea, just pretty please make it work right? That would be awesome.

    57 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Probably the best writing instrument for an ipad, but can be better

    • Written by Sean X from Dubai

    Best writing experience on ipad compared to a few other ipad writing instruments i have used earlier.
    Writing feel and response is very close to that on a real paper even when you are writing very fast.
    However it has its flaws.
    For starters you cannot see the battery level for the pencil on the home screen unless it is about to die off.
    You have to go to notifications every time to check the battery status which is inconvenient.
    Secondly you have to replace the pencil tip quite often, may be in less than a month (even without heavy usage) to get a smooth writing.
    considering you can almost get a montblanc pen for the price at which the apple pencil is being sold, i would have expected it to last for quite some time before i need to spend on the pencil tips again.
    Thirdly i have to plug the pencil into the ipad lightening port for about 3 or 5 sec to get it paired with the ipad every time i use it(when you are using it after a brief interval, let’s say an hour or so)
    3 or 5sec may not be a long time, but imagine if you are in the middle of a meeting and want to write down an urgent note of the meeting while your client is taking and you are plugging your pencil into the I pad and waiting for it to connect. That is awkward.
    I would have liked it to connect instantly as soon as my iPad screen is on.
    Last but not the least, you are most likely going to lose the small pencil cap sooner or later.
    It has a weak magnetic connection to hold the cap in place and can come off with the slightest of pull.
    I took my iPad & pencil to a meeting. I didnt even use my iPad and pencil during the meeting, but when I came back, the pencil cap was gone and my Apple pencil looks silly without the cap.

    42 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on Apple!

    • Written by Kay O from Arlington

    Mostly everything you make is far above genius!
    So far, the Apple pen has been a disappointment in some ways.
    1) I prefer my cheapie stylus for most tasks. It fills in solidly and the pen doesn’t.
    2) The pen makes an irritating topping sound when used for keyboard tasks.
    3) My fear is that the pen will either “catch” or break both it and my iPad Pro if inadvertently it should fall while charging. Both devices would be in danger.
    4) The only way to check remaining battery life is with the iPad.

    I need an interchangeable stylus — one that is wider and more flexible.
    I need it to come with and extra charger so I can leave it plugged in to charge while using the iPad.

    You can do better.

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil loses connection

    • Written by John C from Warren

    My Apple Pencil regularly loses its connection to a 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 after the iOS 11 update. Inserting the pencil into the lightning port to reconnect is a decidedly non-Apple kludge. It’s easier than re-pairing, but that’s not saying much about Apple’s storied user-friendliness.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s good, but needs charged frequently

    • Written by Sean C from Akron

    I like the heft of this stylus. It builds momentum in use, which makes it strangely satisfying compared to lighter ones that use a sticky tip and are bad for light pressures. I really dislike charging it, though. I don’t use it constantly, but it needs charged several times a week. The lightning gender changer allows it to be charged with any ios device charger, but if you loose it, you can only charge it with the ipad pro, and it’s so small it’s just a matter of time before it’s lost. The good news is the fear of losing the cap is nonsense. It’s held in place magnetically, so there’s no worry of wearing down any friction points and losing it.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No replacement parts

    • Written by Matthew H from West Saint Paul

    I cannot believe that Apple as of today, still does not provide replacement parts for the pencil, specifically the magnetic cap and the little charger adapter. I guess in the planning department, they do not have cats or small children who get into things...overall it is a nice product, but those are GLARING omissions.

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good enough for 3 stars

    • Written by Sandra A from New York

    The Apple Pencil is a great accessory. It did change the way I use my iPad. I used to use the iPad for movies, mostly. For business, it was mainly my MacBook or iPhone. Now, with the Apple Pencil, I use my iPad for just about anything. I hardly use my MacBook, and the iPhone is used mostly for calls and quick checks of my emails. However, I am giving it 3 stars because I had to buy: cap with a stylus (I didn't want to wear out the tip and the cap is not secure, and falls off rather easily ), a cover and tether for the cap (since it falls off easily), cover and tether for the charging adapter (otherwise, its small and easy, very easy, to lose), cover for the tip, magnetic sleeve (to protect the pen from drops and the magnet for keeping it attached to the iPad (otherwise, you will never find it when needed). The tip unscrews itself . I found this out when the pencil stopped working no matter what I did. The way to pair and charge the pencil and the iPad is to hook it up to the iPad is....ugh....forget the aesthetics of it (ugly), but it can easily break. So, I like the Apple Pencil after having spent extra money on the things that Apple forgot to do. I'm sure it will stop working in a few months, just like the AirPods did (poor and unreliable connection, lot of static). As with any Apple product that I've purchased, it will probably stop working within 6 months. Actually, my MacBook ("the best and most expensive" one so I was told) started to go blank all of a sudden within a WEEK. Apple "Genius Bar" said "let's erase everything and reset to manufacturer setting," as they always do. I know...I'm going off tangent, but the point I'm trying to make is that the Apple Pencil is great after spending extra money to make it useful....Great product for now and when it works. Oh! One last comment, I end up using the stylus (purchased separately from Amazon) more than the tip. Oh! Also, I had to buy Notability and PDF Expert in order for it to be useful for business. Otherwise, Notes is pretty much useless at least for my business needs.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    so close

    • Written by Scott M from Tempe

    The pencil is kinda great but I have a Wacom tablet and it includes a pen that doesn't need to be charged and that has a built in eraser. Going from never having to recharge something to having to do it regularly (and very awkwardly) is annoying.

    I find myself flipping the Pencil often trying to erase with it.

    The little plastic cap that covers the lightning port is begging to be lost.

    It's annoying because there are some things like the tracking and convenience for note taking and design work that are great but it comes up just a bit short in other areas.

    37 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic but MASIVLY flawed

    • Written by Jack P from Chichester

    I absolutely love my Apple Pencil BUT ITS TOO SHARP I have used my Apple Pencil for literally five minutes and I have an admittedly tiny but to me noticeable scratch on my iPad screen which for a 700 pound tablet designed for a 100 pound add on literally designed for each other you would have thought I possible for the most profitable company on the planet to make it so they don’t damage one another.

    36 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good, not sure if it was worth the money for the time.

    • Written by Lucille B from Panama City beach

    I loved this thing, I really did. I wouldn't recommend it if you're a realism artist cause you can make the stroked small and defined enough for that kind of art. But if you are a pop artist than it is a must(???) buy. But for 100 dollars I would expect this thing to last years to come, but it sadly only lasted me about... a year?? It's a good chunk a money for such a... small amount of time. I have to buy a new one and I honestly don't have the money. But I make a good living off my art and I would not want to keep spending 100 dollars every years on this thing.

    29 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ok

    • Written by Robert R from Branford

    Who invented this miraculous achievement. The little parts! The fragility!
    Invent a pencil with less moving parts as the Great little part vacuum finds them...

    25 of 34 people found this useful