Compatible with a huge range of iOS devices1, Adonit’s Pixel Bluetooth-enabled iOS stylus delivered on its promise of unparalleled precision, better tip drag and pressure sensitivity for comfortable and accurate drawing. I tested with my iPad Air 2.
I compared the Adonit Pixel stylus to the Pogo Connect 2 and Adonit’s own previous top model, the Adonit Jot Touch.
The Adonit Pixel has the looks of a luxury pen. It has a brushed aluminium body — mine was a black version, but it looks more like a very slightly brownish, very dark grey — and an elegantly sleek design. The buttons are more recessed than they are on the Jot Touch, which adds to the feeling of having a real pencil or marker in your hand. There are two LEDs on the barrel, so you can always see whether the Pixel is charged and/or connected, regardless of how you hold it.
The Pixel comes with a built-in grip sensor. This activates the stylus as soon as you pick it up after it has first been turned on. The Pixel’s battery has more stamina than the Jot Touch used to have and it’s far superior to the Pogo Connect 2’s reliance on a skimpy AAA cell. The Pixel turns itself off after a while to save battery power.
The Pixel has an improved 1.9mm tip. In contrast to the Jot Touch, it creates a more precise drag. It’s also more responsive than the Jot Touch. I’m not in favour of calling any stylus’ behaviour “paper-like” as I don’t believe you are ever going to succeed in creating a paper “feel” on a glass surface, but I must admit that Pixel has superior tactile characteristics when compared to the other styluses. The Pogo Connect 2 has a rubber feel, which is of course due to its rubber tip. When replacing that tip with one of the brush tips, the Pogo becomes quite a good art brush, but that’s still far from a pencil or a marker. The Pixel comes close to a marker.
The Pixel is pressure sensitive with 2048 levels of sensitivity. This is enough to get the variations in both the touch and the resulting stroke on your iPad that are required for art work. It also has palm rejection, but although it’s better at it than the Jot Touch was and the Pogo Connect 2 still is, it’s not always dependable. How good it is, seems to depend on the app you’re using.
Although the Pixel is thinner and lacks the rubberised grip of the Jot Touch, it also feels more comfortable to draw with for extended periods of time. That’s enough reason for me to declare the Adonit Pixel to be the best stylus for an iPad currently on the market. It costs $74.99.
- iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 12.9. ↩