Over the past few days, I have been getting used to my new iPad and a big part of that has been Paper, the beautiful drawing and sketching app for iPad. Because I knew I would be using Paper a lot, I took the chance to buy myself a stylus and since I'd heard so many good things about Wacom's Bamboo and as it was suggested by FiftyThree, the maker of Paper, I was happy to do so. This is my review of the Bamboo.
The design of the Bamboo is very important. It is, after all, something you could use every day so you have to be happy with the way it looks and feels. Despite initially being startled by the size of it, I have come to love the design of the stylus. The shaft has a rubbery coating which makes it just grippy enough for regular use. At the top of the stylus, the metal appears printed with the Bamboo logo. Here, there is a removable clip. With it on, the Bamboo is practical and ready to be pinned to your iPad: without, it has a sleek, minimal form.
The tip of the stylus is made up of a capacitive rubber ball. The ball is quite thick, relative to a regular pen or pencil, but is accurate nonetheless. It is securely held in the stylus by a metal part. It is, however, removable and can be replaced with another tip reasonably cheaply; a set of two replacements costs a few pounds (and a few more dollars).
My experience with the Wacom Bamboo has been predominantly positive. When drawing up quick sketches and ideas it performed very well and was accurate enough to write. I did find it hard to write anything a normal size though. For that reason I would recommend the Bamboo for sketching and drawing rather than serious note taking. For now, on a tablet at least, the on-screen keyboard is the best for that, in my opinion.
When actually drawing with the stylus, I found it to be very good. It was very responsive and was easily detected by the display. It did not once fail to draw as I wished.
Below are a few things I created with the Bamboo. Note that my drawing skills may be culpable rather than the stylus for any bad drawings.
So, if you are looking for a good stylus for drawing and diagramming, and not as much writing, I definitely recommend the Bamboo. Overall am really enjoying using the Bamboo and will continue to use it with Paper on my new iPad, until the tip wears.
You may also be interested in Oliur's experience with the Just Mobile AluPen.
Or, if you're interested in Paper for iPad, check out our huge collection of wonderful works: Made with Paper.