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Adonit Jot Script Review - Read before buying
There are so many stylus options out there that it sometimes becomes difficult to decide on which one to buy. Hopefully by Reading my review on the Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus, you will be able to make a wise and informed decision whether to buy it or not for yourself - after all, it is a pricey option.
I wrote this review based on my own personal experience with the Adonit Jot Script stylus. And for the record, I give the iPad and the stylus intense use as I am a senior designer, a digital strategist and an expert writer. This basically means is that I'm always sketching ideas and taking notes on the go, and that the tools that I use have to be A+ quality and cannot fail on me, ever.
So if you're like me, then you'll know what it means to demand excellent quality and functionality at it's fair price. So without further ado, let's put the Adonit Jot Script to the test.
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Adonit Jot Script review (Jot Script Evernote Edition Stylus)
Adonit made a partnership with Evernote, and created the stylish Jot Script stylus for the iPad..
The first thing to notice is the 1.9mm tip which is much smaller than the average stylus tip, which promises to provide a writing experience similar to a normal ballpoint pen.
To use the Jot Script stylus efficiently, it'll be necessary to switch it on first (obviously), and pair it with your iOS device via Bluetooth. Pairing isn't compulsory, but does ensure greater precision.
By doing just a couple of strokes on the screen, the precision and fluidity of the stylus become evident. The ink flow begins right under the fine tip, and the general feel of writing is just great. The response and acceleration feature is also amazing, for those of you who write and sketch fast.
When it comes to writing with the Jot Script, it is very easy to forget that you're using an electronic device because it feels so natural. Major points won here.
But writing is not everything. Let's put on some glasses and take a closer look.
The tip of the Jot Script, and scratches...
Let's start off by reviewing the tip. The Jot Script is the first stylus in the world using Pixelpoint technology, which is basically 70% smaller than any other stylus tip in the world. This allows for increased precision and control, and accurate lines and strokes. The result is a natural drawing and writing experience, which is absolutely fenomenal for artists and writers.
The thermoplastic polymer resin tip does not scratch the surface of the iPad. I've been using my Jot Script intensely for over 3 months now, and I don't have any scratches due to it's use. I do however recommend you clean your screen every once in a while, so that you don't get dust between it and the tip.
One thing that annoys me about most stylus pens is that the tip is a standard 6mm rubber-like point, and for someone like me who not only writes but also draws with precision on the iPad, the 6mm rubber tip is just awful! The tip is so big, that you can hardly see where it is touching on the screen, and there are always sensitivity issues to deal with.
With Adonit Jot Script's Pixelpoint, and the Bluetooth integration, this is no longer an issue. Thanks to the 1.9mm diameter tip, it is possible to see where the tip touches on the screen, allowing full control over your writings and drawings, and with amazing precision on each touch and stroke.
Will the Jot Script work with screen protectors?
For those of you who use screen protectors, and are asking if the Jot Script works properly, the short answer is yes.
The stylus works perfectly on screens that have a screen protector, without losing sensitivity, also due to the fact that is uses Bluetooth technology to detect where on the screen the tip is being placed down. Because the iOS devices emit a signal forming a grid across the screen, the Jot Script is designed to capture that signal and broadcast it back to the iPad informing the device of it's exact position. Now that's smart technology!
Is the Jot Stylus noisy?
Well, that depends on what you consider as noise.
Of course the Jot Script makes a noise as it touches the screen, and that the frequency will depend on your style of writing and drawing. If you have a cursive writing, you will put the pen down more frequently. Every time it touches the screen, you will hear a tap. There's no way to avoid that. But it is also so insignificant that it cannot be considered an issue. Furthermore, it can only be heard when there is absolutely no noise in the room, making this detail even more insignificant as a decisive buying factor.
Battery life of the Jot Script
The only con that I found with Adonit's Jot Script stylus (and for the sake of making this review as truthful as possible), is that the battery life can be short if you use it intensely. The stylus works with 1 AAA battery, and is supposed to work for 14 hours (pen-on-screen time). For someone who uses the stylus intensely like me, this equates to approximately 2.5 weeks of use with a rechargeable battery. So if you are going to use the stylus intensely, it would be a good idea to keep an extra fully charged battery in the drawer, just in case.
Of course, and because it can't be all bad, the Jot Script powers itself down after 3 minutes of inactivity. It can easily be powered up with the touch of a button on the side of the device.
Also by Adonit, the Jot Pro is also a good option if you don't want to spend too much money on a stylus.
Recommended Apps for the Adonit Jot Script stylus
There are so many writing and drawing apps out there that this could easily become another article, but i'll just keep this part short for the sake of keeping on the topic "Adonit Jot Script Review”.
The Adonit Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus is designed to work with iOS (too bad for Android users). The first app that is highly recommended to use with this stylus is of course Penultimate.
The Penultimate app is especially conceived to work with the Jot Script Evernote Edition, and the stylus just syncyes beautifully with the app. The app is perfect for taking notes, making sketches, making basic drawings etc.. and is designed to be a replacement for the paper notebook. The best thing about Penultimate is that it syncs with Evernote (the best app to take notes on all devices), making your notebooks available from any device, using your Evernote account. There are literally hundreds of features available for Penultimate, and most of them are free.So due to all of it's functionalities, options, precision and reliability, Penultimate wins the Apps for Jot Script review by far.
The second app I also recommend, is the Bamboo Paper, even though it was conceived by Adonit's rival; Wacom. This app is amazing because the response time is faster than Penultimate's, and the white paper occupies the entire screen of the iPad, rather than the page limits and shadows presente in Penultimate. Though this one doesn't sync with any cloud service, it does have the option to sync pages with Evernote, Dropbox email etc… which is also very good in my opinion.
For drawing and sketching, i would recommend Paper by FiftyThree, which is by far the best for drawing and painting on the iPad, and ArtRage which is also pretty complete.
The Jot Script Evernote Edition stylus definitely has the unique style and feel of a high-end ballpoint pen. The ergonomic design with the ribbed grip around the aluminium barrel ensures a very comfortable grip. The ergonomics are perfect, and the weight is just right, feeling super balanced and very very comfortable.
Another important factor that seals the deal, is that the manufacturer (Adonit) has an excellent support team, which will reply to any questions and technical issues within 24 hours. Their service is simply excellent.
Judging from my experience with it, I can clearly say that it is by far the best stylus pen that I've used on the iPad. I am amazed at how amazing the stylus works.
The price is a little bit high I must admit, but if you are reading this Jot Script review to make a decision whether to buy it or not, my recommendation would be to go for it! You won't be disappointed!
This vídeo (above) is a Jot Script review from another user who shows all of the features of this Jot Script Evernote edition stylus.
Other links for reference
- 10 Essential Graphic Design Tools
The Jot Script Evernote edition stylus is a great tool for me as a graphic designer. To see more essential graphic design tools read this great article.
- Briva - Digital Marketing, Brand Management & Publishing
The Digital Marketing, Branding and Editorial Design agency in Rio de Janeiro, where I use the Jot Script Evernote Edition intensively.