SMARTPHONE STYLUS:A stylus is a pen shaped instrument with a round rubber piece that moves effortlessly across touchscreen devices. It is an instrument used to navigate on a phone or tablet. A stylus is used by placing it on the touchscreen surface. Some styluses include a pen incorporating 2 writing instruments into 1 tool.


What is stylus why it is used?

In computing, a stylus (or stylus pen) is a small pen-shaped instrument whose tip position on a computer monitor can be detected. It is used to draw, or make selections by tapping.

Types of Smartphone Stylus

Today’s stylus is made of rubber or conductive foam, and is either “active” or “passive” (also known as capacitive). Here’s the difference between the two:

Active Stylus

An active stylus has a tip like a pen and includes internal electronic components. Features include memory, electronic erasers, and pressure sensitivity that allows lighter or heavier lines depending upon how much pressure you apply.

You can rest your palm on the screen without causing interference (this feature’s called “palm rejection”). An active stylus is usually larger than a passive stylus (described below) because of the internal electronic components.

Passive/Capacitive Stylus

Like the active stylus, you can tap or write directly on a screen with a passive stylus (also called a capacitive stylus). But unlike an active stylus, the passive/capacitive stylus doesn’t have touch sensitivity or electronic components. There’s no communication between the stylus and the device.

A passive/capacitive stylus simply conducts the electrical charge from your finger to the screen just like your finger would. You can use a passive/capacitive stylus on any touchscreen that works with your finger.

What Is a Smartphone Stylus Pen?

A stylus is sometimes referred to as a stylus pen, as it’s held like a pen and in the case of an active stylus, often used exactly like one. However, the term “stylus pen” can also refer to a passive/capacitive stylus that incorporates a ballpoint or other ink pen into its design. Sometimes the stylus is on the opposite end of the barrel from the ink pen. Other times the stylus and ink pen are on the same side and the ink pen tip extends through a hole in the stylus.

Can you use a stylus on any smartphone?

A stylus is used with a tablet, smartphone or any device with a touchscreen where you could otherwise use your finger. Compared to using your finger, a stylus provides a smudge-free swiping and clicking experience for use on your phone, tablet or touchscreen device.

Can I use a stylus on my Android phone?

Former Apple boss Steve Jobs famously dismissed the idea of using a stylus with a touchscreen as he unveiled the very first iPhone, but that doesn’t mean there’s a rule against using a stylus with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Can I get a stylus for my phone?

METRO Universal Stylus Pens for Touch Screens – High Sensitivity Capacitive Stylus Fiber Tips 2 in 1 Touch Screen Pen with 8 Extra Replaceable Tips for iPad iPhone and All Other Tablets & Cell Phones. With dual tips and universal features, this pen is fit for a variety of screens and purposes.

What can I use as a pen on my touch screen phone?

Pretty much anything wrapped in foil can work as a stylus. A pencil or pen wrapped in foil is probably the simplest example. Just tear off a piece of foil that is about 3-4 inches long. Then roll it onto the pencil leaving about an inch of foil sticking out past the eraser.

Can I use active stylus on any Android phone?

Capacitive stylus pens work on all touchscreen devices with some exceptions. If your phone or tablet’s screen is cracked or dirty, the stylus might not work as well on the device. There might also be issues if the stylus itself is not working. A missing or worn-out tip may interfere with compatibility.

Do all stylus work on all touch screens?

To recap, resistive touchscreen devices generally work with a stylus, whereas capacitive devices do not. The only time when a capacitive device will work with a stylus is when you are using a capacitive stylus.

How do I choose a stylus?

There are two main types of stylus. Simple, capacitive styluses have rubber tips that replicate the touch of a finger, and can help you navigate the small, fiddly icons on a phone or tablet without costing more than a few pounds, while more sophisticated ‘active’ styluses tend to be better for writing or sketching.