Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad Deals

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams



July 4, 2011, 6:21 pm

How does this compare to systems such as the HTC Flyer?


July 4, 2011, 7:08 pm

The two are fundamentally different as the Flyer uses an active sensing technology that responds to pressure as well, with the result it's much more accurate. However, the Flyer is still neither pressure sensitive nor accurate enough to be a truly compelling drawing tool, and the hard plastic nib feels overly slippery on the screen. It's better but still not like using a proper professional graphics tablet.


July 5, 2011, 12:53 am

Do the TR team have any insight into why there seems to be so little interest in handwriting recognition? That seems to me to be the most obvious uses for a stylus, but HTC left it out of the Flyer (even though Vision Objects have ported their excellent Myscribe engine to Android), and now Wacom - a long-standing Vision Objects partner - have done the same.


July 5, 2011, 6:10 pm

The spare tips can be found by putting the following part number into the search field of the Wacom website: PSI-A087


July 5, 2011, 7:40 pm

I'll hazard a guess - because typing with an on-screen keyboard is faster and more accurate than handwriting recognition.


July 5, 2011, 8:09 pm

Chris: Everyone's playing up how great the stylus is for taking notes. Surely handwriting recognition is the logical extension of that? Surely searchable notes are useful in a way scrawls-as-jpegs aren't?

In any event, handwriting recognition has come a long way since the days of egg freckles. It'll never be as fast as typing, but the point is that it's useful in a different way - something these manufacturers themselves realise, since they're playing up the notetaking functions of styli.


July 6, 2011, 7:35 pm

Fair enough, I was going to mention that indexing handwritten notes might be a useful application for handwriting recognition, particularly since this doesn't require 100% accuracy.

However, that's very much a secondary application - a 'nice to have', rather than an essential. I suppose many manufacturers reckon they can do without it and not upset the majority of their users.


April 24, 2012, 11:37 pm

I just got the chance to use one today and was impressed. My friend who owns it mentioned that you can have even more control if you remove the metal piece from the tip. The pen tip doesn't fall off and it allows you the ability to hold the stylus at more of an angle.

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