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Why is the 'Stylus' missing from iDevices & Smartphones? | A 'stylus' is very useful to me. (ie. Handwriting Recognition, Drawing, Notes, etc.) I know of Steve Job's anti-stylus diatribe, but why did the rest of the industry follow like sheep?

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asked Aug 15 '10 at 17:47

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edited Aug 18 '10 at 20:13

because they seem to not need one, I use a friends iPod touch and it seems responsive enough

(Sep 23 '10 at 05:36) Tim Fontana Tim%20Fontana's gravatar image

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Because most new devices like that are not the same kind of touch screen. These are heat sensitive, not pressure sensitive, like the Nintendo DSi.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 17:53

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I know the difference in hardware, but I'm asking why the trend away from including a stylus in iDevices & Smartphones?!

(Aug 15 '10 at 18:37) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image
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@Cateye Productions smartphones and idevices do not have heat sensitive touchscreens..they are capacitive touchscreens...they do not react to heat in any way

(Aug 18 '10 at 20:21) SJP SJP's gravatar image
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They're not heat sensitive! They are capitative ... electricity on the surface of your skin makes them work. Do your homework first.

(Sep 22 '10 at 16:52) djmoore711 djmoore711's gravatar image

I have a stylus that I purchased for my iPod touch - they are available...and cheap!

answered Aug 15 '10 at 18:39

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I own a PogoSketch, but that doesn't have the precision or handwriting capabilities.

(Aug 15 '10 at 18:43) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Because they don't need them. Touch based is better than using a stylus. Also capacitive touch screens (iPhone, iPad and newer smart phones) feel better. Resistive touchscreen need pressure applies to them.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 18:39

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I think it is because it makes things simpler and appeal more to the consumers. I'm like you and prefer to use a stylus when I can because it makes navigation more exact.

You can't really do multi touch things with a single stylus, at least easily. So things like pinch to zoom and that kind of stuff won't work well.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 19:19

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I think it is because it makes things simpler and appeal more to the consumers. I'm like you and prefer to use a stylus when I can because it makes navigation more exact.

You can't really do multi touch things with a single stylus, at least easily. So things like pinch to zoom and that kind of stuff won't work well.

answered Aug 15 '10 at 19:19

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You can use a stylus with the iPhone or iPad, you know. You just need one that works with a capacitive touch screen -- http://www.tenonedesign.com/sketch.php. I love my Pogo Sketch stylus with my iPad. alt text

answered Aug 18 '10 at 21:10

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edited Aug 18 '10 at 21:12

its simple.. people are lazy and plus they keep losing their styluses..

answered Aug 19 '10 at 13:33

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I personally find a stylus to be better. When a UI is designed around a stylus, you get a lot more usable screen space. When it is designed around finger friendly elements, you get oversized buttons and everything else, leaving very little space for user content.

For example on my older windows mobile device, the UI is completely designed around a stylus. The screen is 3.7 inches, If you had to use your finger to navigate, you will get frustrated very quickly.

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Also wanted to add, using a finger = smudges

answered Aug 19 '10 at 14:59

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With a Stylus you can break,lose them and easily scratch the phone surface, on the other hand you can do a lot more than with your finger, you can do more precises work.

answered Aug 21 '10 at 20:32

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I don't want a stylus for my iPod touch. I think it would be useless.

answered Sep 22 '10 at 22:12

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