Since getting an iPad Air I wanted to explore the world of drawing apps. My last real drawing experience (on a device) was on the Galaxy Note 2 but, even with its ample screen, I didn’t like the experience. I feel the larger screen on the iPad Air lends itself better to drawing apps (I can’t speak about the Note 10.1). Soon after getting the iPad Air my quest for a good and affordable stylus began. I tried some low-end, cheap models which felt more like running a glue stick over the screen. I tried some mid-range models which were slightly improved but still had a lot of drag and just felt cheap. So, I hit the web again and found a few “higher-end” models (higher-end to me, as their price range was my limit).
There were a variety of companies to choose from, from Wacom to Pogo, but one caught my eye more than the others, the Applydea Maglus. The design is the first thing that grabbed my eye. Shaped like a carpenters pencil, I felt its shape would feel the most comfortable to me as I have issues with round writing utensils. Applydea was kind enough to send me one to review as well as offer the readers of this review a 10% discount which can be had by clicking the link at the end of the review.
The Maglus is solid aluminum and has a decent amount of weight to it. I liked this very much as the heavier weight gives it a more fluid feel when drawing. Making a mark on your device is not as difficult as you don’t have to press down as hard as other styli. The materials it is made of are top notch, the design is beautiful, simple and minimal. The rubber sides serve two purposes, they provide a nice grip so it doesn’t slip out of your fingers and the magnets are housed inside them. The Maglus magnet allows it to be nicely attach to the iPad Air with a smart cover or without. I use the Moshi Versacover on my iPad Air and it works brilliantly with that. The magnet is strong enough that the Maglus stays put but not so strong that it’s difficult to remove.
The tips are replaceable and easy to remove and the stock rubber tips are very nice with less drag than most others I have used. You can also get microfiber tips for this stylus and let me tell you, it is worth it. While the rubber tips are very nice, the microfiber tips completely blow them away! They have much less drag and are a huge improvement over the rubber tips, and, in my opinion, round out the excellence of this stylus. Overall the Maglus is the best stylus I’ve used to date. It has an excellent balance in the hand (though this will be different for everyone), a beautiful design and wonderful build quality. The tips are excellent quality and I highly suggest procuring the microfiber tips as they are an experience into themselves. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an excellent stylus without having to dish out over $50. The Applydea Maglus Stylus will run you $35.99 and if you order through our link below you can pick it up with a 10% discount thanks to the folks at Applydea. The Maglus Stylus gets a solid five stars here. It’s one of the best, if not the best, in its class. Click the Maglus logo below to order and get 10% off!