When you become a digital planner, there will be a lot more options, and by extension, decisions, for you to make.You will have the option to type some of your entries, and you can choose from just about any color. Or you can actually write on the planner in the note app. You will probably want a stylus for that, and that's where some major decision making skills come in.
The type of stylus you choose will make a huge difference in how the writing you do in your planner looks. More than likely, you want it to be readable. I scribble far too many things on scraps of paper and can't figure out what they say later. That isn't what we're going for here.
You can pick up a stylus at any store that sells office supplies, for very little money, but they may not be what you want. Many of the styluses I've seen at places like Walmart have a soft rubber tip. This dates back several years, and these guys are still on the market. They are great to tap icons with, but I have not had a great deal of luck writing on a screen with them.
The best stylus for writing will have a narrow or fine point tip. This will give you much more control.
In the above illustration, I used an Apple pencil in the top example. It looks pretty much like my hand writing. The second was done with an Adonit smart-stylus. It's readable, and if I had taken more time with it, I probably could have made it look more like the first one.
The last entry was made using my forefinger. This is not a method I recommend, especially if you want to read it later. I actually did several different takes. I'd write, then erase, then repeat several times. None of the tries were satisfactory.
There are some good fine tip styluses available in stores and online. You can probably find some at a very good price that will work well for you. You don't have to use a smart-stylus. That's up to you.
I bought an Apple Pencil when I ordered my iPad Pro, and for Apple users, this is the ultimate combination. The Apple Pencil feels like a pen or pencil and the way it works with the iPad Pro is mind-boggling. But what if you don't have an iPad Pro? What if you use a different platform entirely?
There are some workable alternatives. Before my iPad Pro, I was using one of the original iPad Air tablets. I worked with two different Adonit smart styluses. One, the Adonit Jot Dash, was about $29. It did not connect to the iPad through bluetooth, but did produce a pretty good result. When I thought I had lost it, I ordered the Adonit Pixel Pressure Stylus, which did connect by Bluetooth, for about $50. I saw some subtle differences between what I could do with it and the Dash, but I'm not sure the difference in price was worth it. I may have found more versatility if I had worked with more apps, but for what I was doing, the first one, I think, worked just as well.
I looked for a list or recommended smart-styluses and found several such lists online, with many different opinons But I'll leave one here as a starting point for you to research what would work for you. But remember, you don't have to spend a fortune, and any fine tip stylus will probably work fine. (But if you do have an iPad Pro...go with the Apple Pencil. Seriously. It's worth it.)
The GoodNotes blog recommends these six:
- Apple Pencil.
- Adonit Pixel.
- Jot Pro.
- Pencil by 53.
- Pogo Connect 2.
- Bamboo Fineline 2.
Several lists included the Adobe Ink and Slide Stylus, but I saw wildly varying prices for it, so I don't know if there is more than one version or if just a big price variance.
Here is a link to all the smart styluses on Amazon.com so you can compare and find the right one for you.
And for those who just want a non techy stylus, here is a link for you.
Most of these, smart or not, will work on Android and Windows tablets, as well as iPads.