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When it comes to buying a smart stylus, there are a lot of options available. We rounded up 10 popular smart styluses from Amazon and Best Buy that have a 4-star rating or higher to help you narrow down your options.
1. A smart stylus made just for iPads
The Apple Pencil is one of the most recognizable smart styluses and has a 4.5-star Amazon rating out for 2,249 reviews. It's one of the most expensive smart styluses, but we think it's worth the money, especially if you’re pairing it with an iPad.
The first-generation Apple Pencil was specifically designed to be used with iPads and works with most earlier models. The battery life should last you about 12 hours, but when you’re ready to recharge it, plug it into the bottom of your iPad.
2. A smart stylus that magnetically attaches to the iPad Pro
The Apple Pencil 2 features a new way of switching between tools and cycling through color palettes. When illustrating in an app that’s compatible with the Apple Pencil 2, double tap on the lower section of the pencil to switch back and forth between your current and previous tool. This command also lets you switch between the current tool and the eraser, and it turns the Pencil off.
Additionally, the second-generation smart stylus from Apple was designed with a flat side to help keep the pencil from rolling when placed on a flat surface.
3. A smart stylus that looks a lot like the Apple Pencil
With 4.5 stars from 281 Amazon reviews, the Fine Point Active Smart Digital Pencil from Milemont appears to be a solid choice for an affordable smart stylus.
Its sleek and slim white design is similar to that of the Apple Pencil, but this version from Milemont won't break the bank. The pencil doesn't require a Bluetooth connection and can be used as soon as you take it out of the box and turn it on.
The Milemont Stylus Pen works with most touch screen devices, like the Apple iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro. It is also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 7, Sony Xperia, and others.
4. A smart stylus that works with Microsoft tablets
Microsoft's Surface Pen is also another highly rated option for a smart stylus. At Best Buy, the smart pen has a 4.7-star rating from 3,458 reviews. You can choose from four color options including platinum, burgundy, poppy red, and ice blue.
One feature that differentiates this smart stylus from others in our roundup is that it comes with a rubber eraser on one end, so you can digitally erase any unwanted marks.
The Microsoft Surface Pen runs on an AAAA battery (included with your purchase).
5. A stylus pen that boasts a long battery life
The Stylus Pen from Xiron has a 4.5-star rating out of 851 Amazon customer reviews in part thanks to its long battery life. After 60 minutes of charging, it touts 8 hours of active use and 30 days on standby. The pen, which comes in black, white, pink, and red, can be used with most Apple and Android tablets. It also works with tablets and phones from Samsung, Dell, LG, and Huawei. However, this stylus is not compatible with Windows Systems devices or the iPad Air 2.
6. A smart stylus with an ultra fine tip
The Evach Active Stylus Digital Pen comes with an ultra fine 1.5 millimeter tip, so you can control and refine your writing, doodling, or drawings when using your tablet and stylus together. Earning a 4-star rating from 927 Amazon reviews, this smart stylus offers 8 hours of battery life, and can be charged in less than an hour.
It works with most Apple and Samsung tablets and smartphones; however, it is not compatible with newer iPads (starting with 2018 models) or the iPad Air 2.
7. A smart stylus with interchangeable tips
Wacom's Bamboo Ink Smart Stylus is another great option. It has a 4.3-star rating at Best Buy out of 4,365 reviews. One thing that makes this stylus different than others on our list is that it runs on a AAAA battery, like the Microsoft Surface Pen, instead of being rechargeable. The pencil is compatible with Windows 10 pen-enabled devices, features "ergonomic qualities" to help you comfortably hold and use it, and it comes with three interchangeable tips in soft, medium, and firm.
8. A smart stylus that uses technology similar to the Apple Pencil
Logitech's Crayon Digital Pencil has 4.5 stars from 168 Amazon reviewers. It works with Apple products like the iPad (sixth generation), iPad Air (third generation) and iPad mini (fifth generation).
With this smart pen, you can rest your hand on your tablet while still being able to write and draw. And you can control the thickness of the smart stylus by tilting it back for a thinner mark. The stylus features a power button, so you can turn it off and on without worrying about Bluetooth or syncing it with your tablet.
9. A smart stylus that's compatible with Google Assistant
A smart stylus that works with Google Assistant? That's what sets the Google Pixelbook Pen apart from the pack. Earning a 4.3-star rating from 123 Best Buy reviewers, Google's smart stylus works with the Google Pixelbook. When using the stylus (and even when your notebook is locked), you can record notes and capture sketches using the Google Keep app.
10. A smart stylus that comes with two programmable buttons on the side
Lenovo's Active Pen (a fancy name for a smart stylus) runs on one AAAA battery and works with Lenovo tablets. It comes with a USB pen holder, three replacement tips, and palm rejection technology so you can rest your hand on the screen without making unwanted marks. It also comes with two "quick-access" side buttons that you can program to open your favorite stylus-compatible apps. It’s earned a solid 4-star rating from 604 Amazon reviewers.
Looking for ways you can use your new smart pen? From coloring to note taking, there are plenty of apps that you can use your smart stylus with.
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