A stylus is a pen shaped instrument with a round rubber piece that moves effortlessly across touchscreen devices. It is an instrument used to navigate on a phone or tablet. A stylus is used by placing it on the touchscreen surface. Some styluses include a pen incorporating 2 writing instruments into 1 tool.
What is a stylus used for?
A stylus is used with a tablet, smartphone or any device with a touchscreen where you could otherwise use your finger. Compared to using your finger, a stylus provides a smudge-free swiping and clicking experience for use on your phone, tablet or touchscreen device.
How does a stylus work?
Use a stylus by touching it to the touchscreen surface the same as you would use your finger. The stylus serves as the touch point to:
- draw in sketch apps
- write in apps for taking notes
- swipe for navigating within apps
- touch and hold to copy and paste
- tap on screen keyboards to select button choices
- make selections in dropdowns on forms
Why use a stylus instead of your finger?
- A stylus will keep your screen free of fingerprints, not leaving smudge marks from your finger
- A stylus will not scratch your screen
- A stylus has a finer touch point than the tip of your finger providing better precision for small touch points like keys on the keyboard
Are there qualities to look for in stylus?
Yes, if you need a high level of precision in the tip for fine work in sketch and drawing apps you will want to invest in a high quality stylus. However for most popular uses of swiping and tapping the screen any stylus tip generally performs fine.
Do all styluses include pens?
No, you can purchase a stylus that has just the rubber tip and generally looks like a pen. However, stylus pens offer the best of both worlds, including both a pen and stylus in one writing instrument. Further, you can decide if you prefer the stylus in the pen tip or at the end of the pen.