Nov 17, 2014
It’s cool to rock styli again.
But beyond cool, can it be useful? Accurate? How about affordable?
Could the GoSmart 200 Stylus bring all these traits to the table?
The review unit GoSmart sent us looked nice in the silver finish; it also sport a black cover, such that it looks like a dual-colored pen. The finish on the silver has just a hint of polish, but not too much, lest one mistake it for tween writing instrument. It feels quite comfortable in hand, and altogether, it looks and feels professional, at home on the lapel of a doctor or in the jeans of a brash venture capitalist. For kicks, it is possible to get this unit with red, white or blue covers.
If one does mistake this for an executive pen, he or she might be excused if the top is on. Removing said top reveals the intricate nib, a metallic, coiled affair that opens into a round end piece that makes the actual contact with the screen. The coil allows for an allowance of give, and angles the flat circle for a “natural” motion on the screen. It’s a bit atypical when looked at the first time, but I’d be lying if I did not find it at least a little cute and intriguing.
But in this game, looks aren’t everything, and we were quite eager to try out on a host of touchscreen devices. It lived up to its promise when we put it through the paces as the main means of input. On our Samsung Note 4, the GoSmart Stylus proved to be a surprisingly worthy alternative to the stock unit. When oriented correctly, it mimicked a finger quite capably. It works on gesture keyboards, and even did okay as a handwriting tool.
I have to admit the unique nib gives me pause, especially with regards to long-term durability. Also, before use, I found it prudent to ensure the end was angled right, as the input is off when the end isn’t flat on the screen. To be fair, there are replacement pieces for the former concern, and with regards to the second, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the unit.
I haven’t yet made the permanent shift to styli as my primary mode of smartdevice interaction, but tools like the GoSmart Stylus make it easy to incorporate it into my workflow. At $19.99, it’s easy to give it a shot.