In a world of already saturated markets, there comes a mass market ploy of selling various different types of stylus to go with various different types of touchscreen phone. Anyone owning a Nintendo DS may be quite familiar with the functions of a stylus compared with using your fingers on a touchscreen, and I am familiar with this only through having difficulties with my latest phone.
It took me a good few months to realise that my phone already came with a stylus, and by this point I had acquired a set of Sony Ericsson (SE) styluses (if that is, indeed, the plural!). Technically, these are designed to go with particular SE phones, but ultimately, if you have a touchscreen phone, they will work just as well.
These ones in particular come in a pack of three, and at near enough the £15 mark in terms of price, you'd need them to be good. It's amazing how expensive they roll in at, but then something is only worth as much as someone is prepared to pay for it, so the saying goes, and this one is a decent performer on the market, particularly as an individual stylus can cost around the £10 mark depending on where you get and which one takes your fancy.
In terms of functioning, this stylus nestles very nicely in your hand. It has a bit of a hook on the base of it, designed so that if you are indeed using it for an SE phone, it can slot in and then you use this hook to get it out again. Be careful when getting your phone, as some SE phones will have the hole, but not the stylus itself.
Using it, it feels just like holding a small, thin pen or pencil, but it feels rather appropriate given the size of the screen you're using it on. The tip is narrow enough to be very accurate on screen, and I suppose this is the main point of function, when it comes to giving it a thumbs up or down. I find the accuracy very good indeed, and have never had a problem. Also, the shaft of the stylus tapers towards the nib, which means you don't have to peer round your own hand to make sure you're being accurate or not. I know that some stylus designs, including that for the DS, are thicker towards the nib, and this occasionally means I'm not tapping where I thought I was.
However, it's not too hard either, which allays fears of screen damage with over zealous tapping. There seems to be a good balance between sensitivity and durability with this model of stylus, and that, combined with the fact that it has good accuracy when tapping, means that I'd happily recommend it. Of course, if you are buying it for another phone and not an SE phone, you may encounter storage issues that outweigh the justification of the cost in the first place, but the trick is to first choose a phone that already comes with a stylus, then to look after it (when you find it!) and not lose it. This prevents having to buy these in the first place.
If you do find yourself needing to buy one, then you can do worse than this stylus. I recommend this pack of three, especially if you're prone to losing yours. It works very well, feels good in your hand, and is reliable. It may be costly, but the market for these is just so. Recommended.
I never took a liking to these touch screen pens at first just because it's something else you have to keep with a device, until I got a Nintendo DS, it took a while to get use to this plastic pen but after a very short time I was moving around the DS like a pro.
When I was out in curry's looking around at the gadgets I saw this pen titled "Sony Ericson ISP-80" I was intrigued because I had bought a Sony Ericsson Vivaz (it never came with a pen, I found that weird) but I wasn't going to use the pen anyway so it was no loss to me.
I asked one of the staff if I could have a look at one and he took one out for me and showed me and I was navigating around my Vivaz like I had always had one, so clearly these pens don't take long to get use too.
The Sony Ericson ISP-80 has a black tip with a black backend and solid silver in the middle, and funny enough it resembles a pen, when holding it you feel its light weight and at the same time the perfect balance there is to using this, the tip is a sturdy bit of plastic that doesn't leave a mark on the screen or any fear of cracking the screen.
They come in a pack of three looking very elegent and the silver and black keeps into style with Sony Ericssons usual colour scheme.
This pen is not just working on Sony Ericsson products, it also works on any touch screen, whether it be an itouch, DS or Smart phones, this little bit of plastic is versatile.
I personally think it doesn't matter where you buy these from whether it is from sonny itself or another brand, but they all do the same job and they all work on every other type of touch screens, so its not just limited to one brand.
You can buy the Sony Ericson ISP-80 from Amazon for £14.99 for a packet of three
Do I like them? Yes, would I buy one? No, and here's why.
As good as these pens are they would be a nightmare to carry around because you could miss-place it or anything, and it being so small and light and lets face it I don't think it would take a lot to break this little thing would it.
And the price is none too pleasing, considering all your really doing is taping a plastic pen on a screen.
I've had these stylus for a while and I actually find them very helpful, so thought I'd review!
Although they're designed for the Sony Ericsson, I have used this both with Nintendo DS and other touch screen phones.
They are a good size which means when trying to select something it is clear what you are clicking on and therefore the correct thing is always selected. They are a good length in that they are short enough to have control over them, but long enough to hold comfortably and use.
The shape of the tip is something I particularly like - it is shaped in such way that it is always very accurate and easy to use. Also, it does not scratch or mark the screen of your beloved touch screen product!
I see these advertised really quite expensive - a quick google shows they're usually over £10. Personally, these were given to me by a friend because I always lose my stylus.
I think they're good and I like to use them, but not to the point that I would pay so much for them. Cheaper brand stylus work just as well and don't come with the hefty price tag! After all, it is just a stick of plastic!