Joy Factory's Monet stylus is worth the money

The stylus is the mousepad of today. You don't really need one, and you can probably get one for free or very little money, but once you've tried a genuinely well designed one, you won't want to do without it. Such is the case with the artfully named and designed Monet stylus from The Joy Factory.

From the metallic exterior, to the long, tapered design, to the bulbous tip, the Monet looks like an artist's tool. So to test it out, I put one in the hands of a true artist, namely my neighbor who is an painter but also an engineer. She had complained about trying to handwritten notes and even when I gave her a run of the mill stylus, she wasn't happy. Now, she loves the Monet stylus. And in addition to handwriting, she can use it for creating digital artwork using apps like ArtRage!

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The Monet can even help with gaming, as the slim, extended design means you can see more of the screen, as your hand and fingers aren't obstructing important elements.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, he said it came with the perfect stylus... your finger. But the reality is, there are instances, like handwriting, art creation and even gaming, where a stylus makes a difference, and a great stylus, like the Monet, makes all the difference in the world.

The Joy Factory offers the Monet stylus in metallic green, pink, or black and a thicker combination pen and stylus called the DaVinci!

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.