iPhone Stylus Review: Adonit Snap Precision Stylus

Adonit, maker of the awesome Dash, one of the best iPhone styluses out there (what I call the Pen to the Apple Pencil), has released another innovative iPhone stylus design called the Snap ($34.99). In keeping with Adonit's unique and clever take on the stylus for iPhone and iPad, the Snap feels like a sleek version of  a carpenter's pencil and is the perfect mobile companion for anyone who needs to keep a writing or drawing implement near an iPhone. The Snap also serves as a handy selfie remote.

During this review, I spent most of my time doodling away in the updated Apple Notes app, drawing with the new Adonit Snap. The overall feel of it is on the small side for my tastes, but I found that my hand never felt strained even after hours of use. I love the shape and feel of carpenter pencils, though they aren't necessarily for precise drawing (they're shaped that way to keep them from rolling away). The shape and magnetic attraction of the Snap to facilitate attaching it to the back of your phone.

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The Snap iPhone stylus does have a pairing procedure (for stylus functions, but also to use the selfie feature), which is a little annoying. The target mobile user being someone that would like to annotate photos on the go. A small button along one side turns on and off the device, and a microUSB at the base allows charging through the supplied USB cable. The kit also comes with a second metal strip for attaching it to other gadgets. The button also serves as a remote shutter control for the iPhone camera app.

I definitely enjoyed using this iPhone and iPad stylus, though maybe not as much as the Dash. I really liked the overall smoothness of the tip applied to the iPad screen. It felt natural using the Snap for tasks like shading, but the accuracy on my iPad was not exact, and I had to correct a bit for the offset. The Notes app also does not seem to have a function for ignoring palm or hand input, so maybe not the best artistic implement going for pure drawing on a tablet. It gets the job done, certainly, but being designed for annotating selfies on an iPhone is the more compelling and obvious use case. With the new iMessage (or Snapchat) features that allow adding text or other artistic flourishes to your images easy, this is a great stylus to have attached to iPhone.

Pros

  • Thin, tag-along iPhone stylus
  • Nice feel and well made

Cons

  • Not good for precise drawing tasks

Final Verdict

I am happy to add the Snap to the family of doodling tools I will use. I like the easy to carry design and superior construction (the snap features a 1.9 mm tip), however it may not be the best pick for more serious drawing pursuits. It provides a great way to keep a stylus to hand on your iPhone or iPad, and the selfie function is a clever add-on. I give it the iPhone Life stamp of approval!

 

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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.