• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the pen, adapter doesn't work

    The pen is lovely, works well, and charges SUPER fast through the ipad with no more than a 1% drop in the ipad's battery. However, it won't charge on anything other than an ipad, iphone (any actual apple device with a lightning adapter female port). The adapter it comes with to charge it through a cable, doesn't work for my pencil, I only charge it through the Ipad. It charges very fast, in less than 20 minutes. I really wish the adapter worked because you can't charge the ipad and the pencil at the same time otherwise. Other than this, the tips are worn down pretty quickly if you plan to use it daily (ie. school) In about a month I am already seeing small connectivity issues, I use the pencil for about 5/7 hours a day and they only provide one extra pencil tip through original purchase. Get the notability app, it's fabulous with the pencil.

    14 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing, but not compatible with ALL artists...

    The Apple Pencil is crazy good. If you press light, your strokes come out light. It moves smoothly and never lags. 10/10 recommend for artists that use their HANDS. Confused as to why i’m only saying artists that use their hands? Well, you’re reading a review of an artist that uses her MOUTH. My parents, siblings, and I have had to create multiple sleeve inventions to make the pencil water-proof (because of my spit obviously). Even though some of these sleeves worked, the pencil isn’t able to withstand the pressure of my mouth. And I guess you can say, “well then bite lighter on the pencil,” I’ve heard that multiple times. The thing is, when your brain is flowing with a constant art flow, you’re not going to pay attention to the pressure that you’re holding the pencil. In almost a year that i’ve had my iPad Pro, I have gone through at least four Apple Pencils. I’m just putting this out there for future inventions Apple probably will create, but who knows if they will actually be reading this! All in all, though, I’m glad the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil were created because I don’t think my art life would get to where it’s at now. I still have tons of things to learn and improve on, and I’m glad that I chose to be an Apple user throughout my journey.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but improvements needed

    The Apple pen works wonderfully. I love it, but lacks some of the design details that Apple is famous for.
    1. Plugging the pen into the iPad for a quick charge is a disaster waiting to happen. It doesn’t sit flat and puts pressure on the connector. Bumping it will snap it in two.
    2. It’s too easy to lose the little cap & charger adapter.
    3. The pen rolls away too easily & needs some texture, (i.e. knurling) for tactile feedback
    4. The pen is significantly longer than “regular” pens so it tends to not fit in your shirt pocket or other pencil holders
    Some of this may sound like nitpicking, but Apple is famous for thinking about these little details and making you go, “that’s clever” whenever you use one of their products. It just seems that the same thought did not go into the pen.

    35 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    The precision, connectivity, and battery life of this product is excellent. A few things need to be changed in order for this to be a five star product.
    First of all, the glossy coating is awful. It becomes slippery after using for a while and I had to go out and buy a grip for the pencil after one day of using it without one. Furthermore, the round shape, while elegant, is not intuitive. With a delicate electronic pencil, a shape that would prevent it from rolling off of your work surface would be ideal (thumbs up to Griffin for tachling both of these problems with their triangle-shaped grip).
    Although these problems were remedied with the grip I purchased from Griffin, for $99, I expect a product that has no need for accessories.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing concept!

    I love the Apple Pencil as it helped me with writing notes for college and drawing during my free time. The pressure sensitive tip also works tremendously. I just don’t get why they removed the ‘3D Touch’ feature throughout the OS in iOS 11. Otherwise, it is an amazing product. As I haven’t gotten a case yet, I use the original box as one.

    Overall, I want to give 5 stars, however I just can’t find the reason to.

    9 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaws

    The pen works well with my iPad Pro 10.5. However, I really do not like the design of the cap on the end since it attaches to the pen magnetically and the magnetic isn't very strong. I'm afraid it's going to get knocked off and lost. Also if you are trying to pull your pen out of a pen case or something the cap comes off by then pen doesn't come out since the cap doesn't attach well. Also, it's hard having such a tiny lightening adapter be so necessary for charging the pen. I'm also afraid of losing the adapter. It also seems that the pen doesn't have long of a battery life. I wish that the pen would light up and show you how much battery you have left on it. It was nice of apple to include another pen tip in the packaging.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great drawing tool

    It feels like a real pencil! The only drawback about this is that the tip is so hard. If apple could make different tips to would be more useful. For drawing, and writing, this is the best tool on the market!

    22 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It’s Magical!!

    The Apple Pencil is the best thing to have happened for me & digital art! The Pencil is phenomenal with the apps that link up with it. Though with all the benefits that I love about the tool there are two things I hate about it and hope get changed with the new generation of the Pencil that is in the works. The issues I have with the Pencil are physical; one is color: I desire a black variant or even grey, but then there’s the texture. The Pencil is so glossy it’s annoying and I wish there was a matte variant.

    Only one thing has beaten the Pencil in annoying glossiness and that is the Nintendo New 3DS XL/LL and that thing is a grease and finger print magnetic street corner professional! Thankfully the Pencil is not as bad as that.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, needs some improvement

    The apple pencil works seamlessly with the iPad Pro. I use it for my digital art and love how fast it reacts. I have a couple complaints, though. The battery life is abysmal. I can only use it for a few hours before it needs to be charged. It charges fast, but when you have to stop for 30 minutes to charge your pencil, it really disrupts progress...especially when you're in the zone. Anyone who makes art will understand what I'm talking about. Secondly, I really dislike the tiny adapter piece required to charge the phone with a lightning cable. Why is it needed? Why wasn't the pencil designed to plug straight into the lightning cable? I understand it needs its current design to plug into the iPad to charge, but I rarely ever charge my pencil this way.

    20 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    good

    It works great for everything I've used so far, except for PDFs. optimise the pencil in PDF's please, as you can't scroll with one finger, and my hand often accidentally hits the slides on the right side of the screen

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Case and No Logo

    Not sure what is going on at Apple these days. The stylus itself seems very nice. However it ships in a box with a spare tip, an adapter, and an eraser that pops off revealing a plug used to charge the device. But wow. All three of these tiny little items can get lost very easily. For this kind of money, it seems silly to not include a plastic pencil case in which the pencil and doo-dads can be stored. Makes the experience feel cheap. I took everything out, looked at the items, and immediately wanted a case in which they could be stored.

    Also, and this is a problem with the Air Pods too, there is no Apple Logo on your pencil! Even the cheapest No. 2 pencil has some flair on it with a logo or a name!

    Fit and finish don't seem to matter anymore at Apple. Steve Jobs would not have permitted this sort of laziness.

    52 of 81 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good stylus, bad charging

    I like the pencil as a stylus, it feels ok in the hand and I find document annotation to be pretty successful. It'll never mimic writing, of course, because paper has obvious differences in quality. Writing for long periods is tiring, because of the weight of the stylus and the hardness of the iPad surface. But the pencil's interaction with the iPad never gives me problems.

    Except, that is, when the Pencil loses its charge. I've never successfully charged this thing overnight, and it always needs to be connected to the iPad - if I just leave it stationed in an adapter on a wall outlet, it'll be at its same level when I wake up. I always have to insert it into the iPad to wake it up. It's not a huge deal - the thing charges in a few minutes - but it's a minor and persistent annoyance. Apple always wants its users to adapt to its products, and not the other way around. I don't have any love for this thing.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but could be improved!

    First off, let me say I love this Pencil!
    I've owned it for nearly seventeen months and have used it nearly every day. It's been dropped more than a few times and it stilll works perfectly fine. I've had to replace my tip three times, which I don't think is too bad after so much use. I ordered the replacement tips directly from Apple one afternoon and was very surprised that they arrived by FedEx the very next day!!
    There are a few minor things that I think could be improved; I do think the Pencil is a little too smooth, it could use some sort of texture for better grip. Its a bit top heavy, like not balanced correctly. The tips become loose when using the Pencil for long periods.
    I cannot wait for iOS11 and all the new things I'll be able to do with my Pencil! This is the best accessory!! I wish it worked with my phone too!

    31 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Issue with tip getting loose but otherwise a great tool

    I have had my Apple Pencil and iPad Pro 12" for about two weeks now, and I love both. Recently the pencil would stop working with the iPad despite pairing and charging. I solved my problem when I noticed that the tip had become loose; uncrewing it and screwing it back on restored full functionality of the pencil.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Slippery? The Fix.

    The Apple Store employee was quick to admit that one of the pencil's biggest flaws is the lack of grip. My simple solution is 3/8th heat shrink. I cut a piece that shorter than the shaft of the unit and applied with low heat. Start in the middle and work your way out. Be careful not apply direct heat to either tip.

    34 of 61 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great

    It took a while to get used to this pencil. It felt too heavy, the barrel felt too slippery, and the tip had little friction with my iPad Pro 9.7. These problems have gone away. I've been using it to draw almost every day, and love it. It makes lovely lines when I use it with the app Procreate. It is so well suited to how I draw, that it is hard to go back to pen and paper.
    The small pieces: I keep the original box on my desk, and put the pieces in there when I take the cap off to charge it, replace a tip, etc. I have been frightened a couple times when I went to erase, forgetting it was not a pencil with an eraser on the end, to find I had not replaced the cap after charging and was headed towards the surface of the iPad with a sharp exposed charger! But I stopped myself in time. I did scratch the surface of the iPad another way: simply using the pencil properly, but a tiny grain of sand or something was on the tip. I have been more careful about cleaning the screen and pencil since.
    The tip is one reason I took off a star. At times the tip becomes loose just through regular use, and it stops working. You have to go through this and that to figure out why, and finally tighten the tip. Worst, I was drawing along happily when the pencil began to skip. And I found out why they include an extra tip. They wear out! I see from old reviews that tips were not available at first. Now they are-at $17-$20 for a pack of 4!!
    That's expensive. If you don't have a supply on hand, your pencil will be useless.
    Also, my iPad Pro 9.7 is an awful battery hog. So I turn off bluetooth when I am not using it. Every time you turn off bluetooth then turn it on again you have to pair the pencil again by inserting it into the charging port. This is a little lame. The pencil fits very tightly into the port. I am afraid it will wear out the charging port on my iPad Pro. I may just start leaving bluetooth on. But the same thing happens when you turn the iPad off for the day, so you have to insert it every day anyway.
    So, a beautiful wonderful device, but it needs some improvement.

    35 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly useful

    My mom bought me the Apple Pencil along with the iPad Pro for Christmas and I wasn't sure if I would even use it but it works amazingly with apps like photoshop fix, and nebo. I love that it ignores my wrist and it's so precise. The battery life lasts me days and chargers extremely quickly. I've seen other reviews about not being able to purchase tips... yes you can purchase tips. They're cheap. The only thing I wish my Apple Pencil did that it doesn't is erase if I turn it upside down.
    Totally recommend those two apps though one is a free app for fixing photos with amazing detail and the other is a great note taking app that converts to text.
    If you don't want to edit, draw or write you don't need the Pencil.

    25 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    My Apple Pencil Review

    I think the Apple Pencil IS A GREAT drawing tool!! I think Apple needs to work on making it thinner. But the preformace is GREAT!
    I think Apple should give an replacement option if it is lost or stolen or broken





    22 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pencil for iPhone

    Love the pencil for procreate on the iPad Pro.
    Make it work on the iPhone!

    19 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Tool for Artists

    Having years of experience with Intuos Pro tablets, I was looking for something more portable, as well as the ability to draw directly on screen, like the Cintiq and related devices. Portability was also a major consideration. When looking at options, I was intrigued by the iPad Pro, with its stable of apps such as Procreate and Illustrator Draw.

    Staring out, the pen is quite natural to use. Granted, with the barrel being smooth, the feel is different from most ink pens and stylus options I'm used to, but I got over this quickly. Handling and touch sensitivity are great, and I find the experience to be pretty natural.

    As other users have noted, it may feel a bit unnatural to draw on the bare glass of the iPad. An easy way to deal with this are some of the screen protectors/cases available. I use the Otterbox Defender case, and find that the screen cover gives a bit of tooth, which does help with drawing precision. Another benefit of the Otterbox is that there's an integrated Pencil holder in the cover.

    37 of 42 people found this useful