Hello, everybody!So, once again,I changed the subject of today’s video to take into account some recent news,as I told you I would, and if you make it to the end,I’ll talk a bit about the schedule I have in mind for the upcoming weeks.
But for now, let’s concentrate on today’s subject:the comparison between the Adonit Jot Script and the Adonit Jot Touch with Pixelpoint.
Since my video about the new Adonit Jot Touch, you’ve been asking me“what is the best stylus between the Jot Touch and the Jot Script for handwriting on the iPad.
”Until now, it was not really fair for me to answerbecause apps like GoodNotes were still using the old SDK for the previous Jot Touch.
But I’m very pleased to tell you that, after this week’s update,GoodNotes 4.
3 now officially supports the new Jot Touch with Pixelpoint,which makes the real comparison possible.
By the way, that’s actually not the most important feature of this update,which also brings handwriting recognition.
This is a pretty awesome feature so I made a quick video to show you this,it’s like a bonus of today’s video,and you can click on this link on the screen to watch it.
But for now, let’s go back to styluses.
My goal is to help you make your own decision,so I will give you elements of comparison on four major subjects.
First, I will talk about the design, the different features,and the prices of the styluses.
Then, I will focus my attention on the battery.
After that, I’ll have a look at the tips andtalk about how each stylus feels and how much noise it makes.
And finally, I will do some handwriting to show you them in action.
So let’s start by the products themselves.
Obviously, the two devices look very different,and whether you like one more that the other is only a matter of taste.
Let me just tell you that they both give a sense of quality,from the design to the materials that are used.
About the dimensions, they have the same length and width,and even though the Jot Touch feels a bit heavier, the weights are roughly the same.
Their tips are a bit different, but I’ll talk about this in my third section.
Oh, by the way,throughout the video, I will complete this tablewith the most relevant informations.
Blue is something only the Jot Script has,red is something specific to the Jot Touch,and green highlights what they have in common.
You can find a link to this document in the video description.
So, about the different features,the Jot Script has a single button and it’s only to power the device on and off,whereas the Jot Touch has two buttons which can also be used as shortcuts inside an app.
For example, you can use them to undo and redo very quicklywithout having to tap on the screen.
It’s a nice feature that can save you some time, and the developers are free to chose orto let you chose which action you want each button to execute.
In both cases, you have palm rejection,which more generally means an app can tell if you’re using the stylusor something else like a finger as an input on the touchscreen.
Among other things, this allows you to rest your hand on the screenwithout worrying about the marks your palm would otherwise leave on the page.
I know from above can’t see it in the video,but know that I always rest my hand on the screen, so you can see palm rejection in action.
For all this to work, both styluses need two things.
First, an iPad with Bluetooth Low Energy,which is available on all the iPads starting at the third generation, and including the iPad minis.
And second, a compatible app, like GoodNotes, the one I’m using throughout this video.
The list of compatible apps is long and keeps growing,and you can check it out on Adonit’s website, the link is in the video description.
Let me remind you once again that if you’re missing one of those two things,the styluses will still work as regular styluses,but won’t have the special features I mentioned earlier like palm rejection.
The Jot Touch has two additional features.
They are not essential to handwriting but can still make a difference for you,especially if you also plan on using it in a more artistic way.
The first one is pressure sensitivity,so the ability to change the characteristics of the virtual tool you useby putting more or less pressure on the screen.
I’ll show you the effect of pressure sensitivity on handwriting at the end of the video.
The second one is its ability to connect to the Adobe Creative Cloud,allowing you to access files saved to your Creative Cloud,copy and paste between devicesand take advantage of Adobe’s color palette utility called Kuler.
I still plan on showing you these features when I have time to talk about the new Adobe apps.
Let me conclude this section by telling you thatthe Jot Script is available at $75 and comes in a unique model,while the Jot Touch with Pixelpoint is available at $120 and comes in black or white.
These prices are before sales tax and shipping costs, and come from the official Adonit online store.
The styluses might also be available on other websites like Amazon.
Ok, now, let’s focus on the battery.
Both styluses use a technology called Pixelpoint,which allows them to have a very small tip instead of a fat rubber tip,but it also means that they both need power to work.
The Adonit Jot Script uses AAA batteries.
There have been a lot of discussions around this,and what usually comes out is that it’s best to use non-rechargeable lithium batteries,although other types of batteries can also work.
In any case, it means you always need to have a spare battery with youany time you use the Jot Script.
The good thing is,when the Jot Script is out of battery, replacing it with a new one is very fast,so you’re good to go in a matter of seconds, like nothing ever happened.
On the other hand, the Jot Touch has a rechargeable battery,so this time, the thing you need to carry around is the charger.
The good thing is, as shown in my initial review,the charger is very small and incredibly easy to use, as long has you have a powered USB port.
A computer will do, but so will USB ports like the one on an iPhone charger,so if you have one, all you really need is a power socket.
Of course, this time, you need to wait,because you can’t use the stylus while it charges, which will take up to 90 minutes for an empty battery.
In both cases, the LED will glow red to indicate that you need to do something about the battery.
The battery life is really hard to measure, but I would say that in both cases,a full battery will last roughly 10 hours of actually writing something on the screen.
Both styluses, once connected to an app like GoodNotes,will give you an idea of the battery you have left.
I found this approximation to be not really reliable on the Jot Script,but knowing in advance when you’ll be out of battery is not really important in its case anyway.
It’s more accurate and actually useful on the Jot Touch,because since you can recharge even if the battery is not empty,it helps you better anticipate your needs,allowing you to recharge the stylus before it’s out of battery,when you know you don’t have to use it.
Now, let’s move on to the tips.
They are both very small, thanks to the Pixelpoint technology,but the one on the Jot Touch is slightly bigger.
You could think it’s a setback from the Jot Script but on the contrary,I think the tip of the Jot Touch is slightly improved,even though the one on the Jot Script was already great.
It might vary from one device to another,but it looks like the tip on the Jot Touch is better adjusted to the cone that holds it.
As a result, using the Jot Touch feels a bit less mechanical,maybe a bit less intrusive and more natural.
I think this also has an impact on the sound it makes,and the Jot Touch might be a little bit less noisy than the Jot Script.
To be more precise, the sound is different, more damped, with less clicks.
It’s hard to record this, but you can try to hear the difference by yourself:here is the Jot Script……and then the Jot Touch.
I already explained why I don’t think the noise is a problem anyway,and you can click on the thumbnail to watch the clip about the Jot Script,which still applies to the Jot Touch.
I just want to remind you thatthe impression of noise can change dramatically depending on you handwriting.
For example, here is my name, with my real handwriting.
Now my name again, in a different handwriting, with the same stylus.
In both cases, you should never have to change the tip,and the tip shouldn’t scratch the screen.
If you want to use a screen protector, that shouldn't be a problem.
Again, I already explained why I make this statement,and clicking on the thumbnail will bring you to another segmentof the same video I mentioned earlier for more informations about this.
Finally, now is a good time to remind you that neither of those styluses come with a caseor any type of protection, so you’ll have to find a way to transport them safely yourself.
Let’s finish by talking about handwriting.
You’ve already saw a lot of handwriting with both styluses,including close-ups of what’s really happening.
You’re probably more interested in the final result,so I wrote the same text with both styluses in the same conditions.
I don’t specifically try to speed, but I don’t try to make it look beautiful either.
You can find a link to the final document in the video description,which also include the results of the handwriting recognition,plus the same text written with a good old pen and paper,so you can compare with the stylus versions.
Let me just say thatthe Jot Script and the Jot Touch feel completely equivalent on this point.
Thanks to the technology and the SDK they share,they are both equally precise.
The only thing you have to do is to set the angle of your writing posture,which is extremely easy in GoodNotes, and you’re good to go.
The latest SDK even solves the famous wriggling lines problem.
You might know that when you draw lines slowly at an angle around 45°with either of those two styluses, you get these regular unwanted wriggles.
Now, as long as you’re connected to the app, if the SDK is up-to-date,this problem completely disappear, as you can see here.
The only things left are the real movements of my hand.
One side-effect of this is that the styluses felt a bit less responsive after the update,so I think it’s something Adonit should continue to work on.
Anyway, I got used to it after a few days and I don’t think it would be a problem for most people.
One last thing: I told you earlier about pressure sensitivity on the Jot Touch,so I wrote this text a third time after switching pressure sensitivity back on,and I’ve included this in the document.
Well, that’s it for today.
I think now you have all the elements you need to make your own decision,and if you want to know more,don’t forget I have other videos about the Jot Script and the Jot Touch with Pixelpoint specifically.
About what’s next, recently, I received the Rechargeable Apex,my second stylus from a company I still haven't talk to you about called Lynktec,so that will hopefully be the subject of my next video.
You might also know that Apple announced it will hold a special event on September 9,which means we won’t have to wait long for iOS 8 to be publicly available,and when it is, I will try to show you a few nice new features.
And finally, I’m starting to have a lot of different stylusesso I will try to go back to some of themor to compare some of them like I did today in the upcoming months.
You can check out my previous video about the new Adobe Ink & Slide,the next one when it’s out about the Apex and Rechargeable Apex from Lynktecand also today’s bonus video about the handwriting recognition feature in GoodNotes.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more videos like this,and as always, thank you for watching!See you next week, bye bye.