The Apple Pencil is a high-tech stylus that, as stated by Apple on their official website, "sets the standard for how drawing, note‑taking, and marking up documents should feel — intuitive, precise, and magical." This review will focus on the 1st generation model, listed at a price tag of $99. With a paring/charging end, precise tip, and sleek design, this product is a must-have for frequent iPad users. Let's take a deeper look at this tool, and my personal opinion on it.
What to Remember: The Apple Pencil is not compatible with the iPhone, as the display of iPad is made with a different material. (Source: Business Insider).
My Personal Experience:
My personal experience with the 1st generation Apple Pencil was pretty great. I mainly utilized the pencil to draw on the Notability App, where I'd do math problems. In addition, I used the Apple Pencil to navigate around the apps on iPad. The responsiveness of the tool was smooth and instant. As Apple describes it, the lag was "imperceptible". It felt as if I was genuinely writing/drawing on a real piece of paper, with the ability to undo any mistakes that occurred during use. I never actually owned this tool, as it was provided to me by an educator, but when it was time to return this pencil, I didn't want to give it up.
Was there anything I didn't like about the Apple Pencil?
The functionality of this tool never decreased in quality. However, if you don't take proper care of the removable cap (eraser end), it can get quite dirty. The tip of the stylus can also be easy to lose, but generously, all purchases come with an extra tip for the pencil. As long as you are responsible, there aren't any downsides to buying the Apple Pencil.
Are there other options?
A second generation Apple Pencil was released in late 2018. When comparing the two models, it's clear that the newer product has its functional advantages:
2nd Gen has a "seamless design", with no removable cap on the eraser end.
This means that instead of charging the pencil by using the lightning port, the device attaches magnetically to the side of any iPad model.
2nd Gen has wireless pairing to the iPad, through the same process of connecting the pencil to the side of the iPad.
In terms of physical appearance, 2nd Gen has a "Matte" finish, unlike the "Smooth" finish of 1st Gen.
2nd Gen is listed at a price of $129, while 1st Gen sits at a $99 price tag. I'd personally get the cheaper alternative, as the deal comes with a better value. However, if you're someone that truly enjoys designing or planning your ideas on iPad, then 2nd Gen would be a better fit for you.
My final rating for both of these products would be a solid 9.5/10. I strongly recommend that you try the Apple Pencil for yourself.
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