Styli for iOS devices are becoming as prevalent as case designs, with a variety of styles, colors, shapes and sizes differentiating the available offerings. One of my favorite high-end iOS accessory companies, Just Mobile, has recently upgraded their well-received AluPen to what they're calling the AluPen Pro. Is this new stylus worthy of the Pro name? Read on to find out.
the original AluPen last year and praised it for the solid construction, beveled feel and the balanced weight in my hand. The AluPen Pro delivers the same benefits with the addition of an actual ink pen tip on the opposite end of the stylus. Since the stylus is already modeled after a pen, this improvement was practically expected. Indeed, it would have been even more appreciated if Just Mobile had gone beyond this enhancement with something special. Given the success of the Griffin Stylus+Pen+Laser Pointer
, packing something like a laser pointer, a pen light or some other differentiator would have been a pleasant surprise. As it stands, Just Mobile opted instead to keep the size and weight of their original design intact. It works well, but it would have been nice to see that spark of innovation go above and beyond the norm.
Perhaps in the next iteration, Just Mobile can partner with the Fisher Space Pen
folks to include a pen cartridge that can continuously write in almost any orientation. That said, there are a couple of neat features of the AluPen Pro, including the fact that the pen tip easily retracts with a twist of the barrel tip, and the fact that the package includes a quality sleeve case for the stylus as well as a replacement pen tip and a spare Pelikan ballpoint ink refill.
Overall, the addition of the ink pen tip to the AluPen Pro is a nice update to the original design without losing any of the original's craftsmanship, balanced weight and attractive design. I will be looking forward to seeing what new features that Just Mobile will be able to include in the next iteration of their flagship stylus product.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars