Accessory Review: Just Mobile AluPen Pro (and giveaway)

Category: Pen/Stylus
Model: AluPen Pro
Price: $39.95
Seller: Just Mobile
Requirements: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

TiP Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary

The AluPen Pro is a stylus and pen combined. Crafted out of aluminum and featuring a unique 6 sided design, it is the perfect pen for the modern age. Maybe now you can now use up all those sticky notes you have piled up, collecting dust.

Review

The AluPen Pro is easily my new favorite writing implement. I always keep a pen on me because there is always something I need to jot down, but more often, I just  need something to doodle with. As an artist, the pen I keep in my pocket must be one that never lets me down, feels right in the hand, and looks good. I am happy to report that the AluPen Pro has replaced my previous pocket pen. 

Looking at the design, Just Mobile has created something truly beautiful. The tip is a standard cone shape that can separate from the rest of the pen to replace the ink; twisting it one way extends the pen tip and twisting it the other way will unscrew it. Moving up along the pen, the cone smoothly transforms into a 6-sided body. On one of the sides, “Just | Mobile” is printed in a grey, slightly darker than the aluminum. I find this to be very modern and almost futuristic. At the other end, the black rubber tip is neatly integrated into the pen. The stylus is perfectly balanced and feels great in the hand. The sides align perfectly with your fingers when using the stylus end making it an extension of the  human hand. The AluPen also comes with a genuine leather case stamped with their branding that you can quickly slide your pen in and out of. I think that the black leather contrasts nicely with the silver aluminum and creates an overall elegant feel.

The quality of the ink is pretty important, considering it is half of the pen. I have to say that I am a little disappointed with it. The ink is a Pelikan ballpoint cartridge, but it is nothing special. The pen rights without any skips, but it is not as smooth as some gel-ink pens. It is great for writing quick notes and some classroom doodles, but don’t expect a high-quality fine tip pen.

The stylus end however, is perfect. The tip is rubbery instead of the sponge material some other styluses have. My iPod is able to recognize even the lightest touch and because the tip is smaller than my finger, I can do things more accurately. I use it to sketch on the iPad as well as the iPod touch because it makes drawing digitally feel more natural. More recently I have found it to be particularly convenient with the game Draw Something, which I’m sure you have heard of.

It is really amazing how the stylus works. A touchscreen creates a minute electrostatic charge; for it to register input, something like your finger must absorb said charge. What the stylus does is conduct that charge through the aluminum and the rubber to your finger, disrupting the charge. This allows the stylus to be light and the tip to be smaller for more precise inputs.

Overall, I am thoroughly pleased with the AluPen Pro stylus. It takes care of all my drawing needs as well as my touchscreen endeavors so I can go straight from doodling on paper to sketching a final version in SketchBook on the iPad. If functionality was not enough, this thing looks great. I have even already gotten a few remarks on its unique design. I would highly recommend it to any artist looking to go digital because it beats a finger any day.

Gallery

[photo-gallery]http://www.todaysiphone.com/gallery/alupen-pro/[/photo-gallery]

Giveaway: 

The generous folks over at Just Mobile also gave us a stylus to give away. (Huge thanks to them.) All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to comment below – on this page – or by commenting on the post on our Facebook page, telling us why you should win.

1. Entries will be counted from today (April 8th) until 11:59 Pacific on Monday night (9th).

2. The winner will be chosen using Random.org, and will be announced on Tuesday, April 10th, and will be notified by Cam Bunton via a direct message on Facebook. (Please check our inboxes on Tuesday!)

3. For various reasons, entrants must be 18 or over and residents of mainland US, or Canada.

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  • madra

    After ploughing through a zillion reviews for a zillion stylii, I bought two of these AluPens, about three months ago, to accompany a pair of new iPads for the missus and me. I wanted a stylus which was chunky, solid and not likely to fall apart after a couple of months –as seems to be a bit of an occupational hazard with these gadgets, judging by the reviews I read. Well, up ’til a couple of weeks ago, I was delighted with my purchase. The AluPen feels solid, well-made and built to last. Appearances, however, can be deceptive and, I noticed lately that my AluPen was starting to feel like it was dragging slightly on my iPad screen and was becoming less responsive. I actually mistakenly blamed a few recent apps I had downloaded, when I found gaps in what I was writing or drawing were suddenly appearing. But on swapping my AluPen for the missus’s one, I found that it was in fact the stylus that was at fault, not the apps. I should point out that the AluPen has been well looked after: always kept in its pouch when not in use and there is no visible damage to the tip. It’s just not working properly any more. Anyway, I sent the manufacturers a polite email, to the support address given on their website, asking if they could give me an address to send the stylus back for repair or replacement. A fortnight later, I hadn’t even received the courtesy of a reply. I sent a follow-up email, a week after that and that one was completely ignored also. So, although I can’t say that the AluPen is complete rubbish –the missus’s one continues to work perfectly– I do think a failure rate of 50% is pretty poor for what is quite an expensive item, when you consider these things must cost pennies to manufacture [The AluPen was £18 when I bought mine]. My main gripe though is with their non-existent Customer Service. A company which completely ignores customers who have a problem with their product certainly will not be getting my repeat business. You’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the risk to give them your custom, in the first place.