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The thing about Poundland is that I'm forever looking for that "best ever Poundland purchase" moment. These styluses (styli?) comes pretty high up.
In the pack you get two styluses, one intended for tablet use (the size of a standard pen) and a baby one intended for smartphone use.
The larger stylus for the tablet is the same size as a standard pen. It's made of plastic, silver in colour and has a soft rubber tip at the end. There's a clip to keep it in a jacket pocket. Most standard tablet cases have a holder at the edge for a stylus, and this one fits perfectly in mine. The only problem is that the particular case I bought will not close with the stylus in place - this is a case issue (and a bargain-hunting issue), not a stylus one! The stylus works brilliantly with my Kobo. It's easy and comfortable to hold and the tablet responds to it instantly every time. It makes this a brilliant Poundland purchase, particularly as I paid £7.99 for one from Amazon for a gift back in January. Admittedly there is a noticeable difference in weight/feel but in terms of functionality there is nothing to choose between them.
The smaller one appears in the pack only a few inches long, and it's very thin (3-4mm diameter). It has a loop of twine at the end which is attached to a plastic 'plug' which is designed to fit a standard headphone jack on a smartphone. It fits mine nice and securely and is a neat design feature. The other thing about the small stylus I only discovered by accident - it extends - to roughly double its length, so it's about the same as holding a very thin pen. The problem with this stylus, however, is pretty fundamental - it has a tough plastic tip, which for me at least is really unresponsive with my ipod screen. It's angled, and I think you need to get 100% contact between the angled surface of the tip and your screen, which is too much like hard work when you just want to tap a few words in quickly. So despite a clever design, I have discarded this stylus as it's easier to use fingers.
~Styli summed up~
The large stylus is as functional and responsive as other more expensive equivalents, making this an outstanding Poundland buy. Other people may find it easier than me to use the smaller stylus - it depends heavily on the angle you naturally hold a pen in relation to a screen, and if that happens to be the exact angle of the tip then your poundland bargain just doubled in value!
I first bought this about a year ago from the pound shop, for you guessed it a pound, I bought it mostly for my iPad, but until January of this year it sat largely unused in my iPad bag. In January of this year I started to get pains in my hand from using the touchscreen on my iPad and the touchscreens at work. I therefore dug this out to see if it would help.
This is a twin pack which contains one iphone stylus and one iPad stylus, I have tried the iphone stylus on my iPod touch, but to be honest the screens small enough that I normally just use my finger. This review will therefore concentrate on the iPad stylus.
This is about 3 inches long it is a silver colour, I think this is plastic, it has a black pen style clip at the top, and a black rubber tip designed to work with touchscreens. The corresponding iphone stylus is smaller with a small strap.
The packaging is a pink and white card with plastic bubbles holding the styluses in place. On the back of the packaging it says that these are "specially designed with a sensitive rubber tip, providing accuracy and smooth navigation. The rubber tip also prevents scratches, bumps, grease and finger prints on your screen."
I find my iPad stylus to be light and easy to use, the rubber tip works well whether I am dragging across the screen or pressing something on it. If I have one complaint it is that where the plastic ends and the rubber starts it is blunt and if you are dragging across the screen quickly, say playing a game, then you can scratch the screen with the edge of the plastic if you are not careful.
When I originally started using the stylus the rubber tip was quite hard, but within a couple of days of use it goes soft, this is a hollow rubber tip. The black plastic clip is handy for attaching to the back of my iPad's case so I don't lose it, although I still do as mostly I put it down and forget where I've put it :)
My original pen lasted about 5 months before the rubber tip split, I have since bought some more from the pound shop, but long term when I get more time I will probably see if I can find something which is a bit better quality and longer lasting.
In conclusion I like this and while it has it's faults it's easy to use and using it has stopped my hand from hurting. I think it is well worth the pound I paid for it, even without the iphone stylus. It is also available on Amazon for £4.40, and if I had paid that I think I would have been more disappointed with the overall quality of it.