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Old 09-09-2020, 06:54 PM   #1
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Stylus for old Samsung tablet and Redmi Note phone

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Have a Redmi Note and a Samsung old tablet.
Thinking of getting a stylus for it. But I heard that the stylus may not work on both. Is that correct ?
How do I select the right stylus ?

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Old 11-09-2020, 09:22 AM   #2
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Look for capacitive stylus. Something like this should work for most touchscreen devices. But do note that there's no pressure sentivity.


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Old 11-09-2020, 11:03 AM   #3
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Capacitive pen, active pen (with battery), universal stylus, apple pen. How to choose which is for tablets, which for touch screen laptop?
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Old 13-09-2020, 04:50 PM   #4
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Capacitive pen, active pen (with battery), universal stylus, apple pen. How to choose which is for tablets, which for touch screen laptop?
You need to know the type of technology your touch screen uses... for laptops, the two main technologies are: Wacom Active ES protocol and Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP). A good stylus for laptops would be the Bamboo Ink - works on both types of screens.

Apple uses its own proprietary standards so whatever you get for Apple, it must be compatible with this proprietary standard. Some stylus may include multiple compatibility.

Samsung also uses its own proprietary standards like Apple.

Both Apple and Samsung stylus just like those for the laptops are what are known as active stylus. This means that the stylus must be powered. Hence the stylus contains batteries that can be charged or contains batteries which can be replaced. We see wireless charging possible for the Apple Pencil and the Samsung S-Pen whereas for laptops stylus they are either slotted back into the laptop for charging or they unscrew for battery replacement. These active stylus tend to be quite expensive as they come with many features, including buttons that call up special functions like erase or copy or whatever, and include pressure and tilt sensitivity.

Capacitive stylus are those which behave like your finger. They don't need to be powered, they are much less accurate, sensitive and don't have pressure and tilt sensitivity. They can be as cheap as $2-3 each like those you buy from some SLS shops, and up to $40-50 for better quality ones. They also tend to have a disc at the tip to help with accuracy. These are sometimes called universal stylus cos they can be used for any touch screen regardless of the underlying technology. They cannot access any of the special functions like the stylus with the relevant technology.

The gold standard for third party stylus is from Wacom (who also manufactures drawing screens, stylus and is responsible for many touch screens) and a cheaper alternative is Adonit. There are many other brands and I think a quite search on Amazon.sg would help you suss out the different options...

Hope this helps!
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