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Adonit Jot mini stylus review

Adonit’s Jot series of styluses — Jot, Jot Pro, and Jot mini — are the closest you’ll get to a pen-and-paper feel with your iPad.

Because the iPad’s and most other tablets’ screens are designed for touch interaction, most styluses need to make contact with a larger surface area — essentially simulating a finger — for the touchscreen to register the input. The result is usually a very thick stylus tip, which is usable, but not very precise, and often covers what you’re actually writing.

Adonit’s clever solution is to make a conductive disc that is large enough for the screen to register the contact, but is transparent so that you get to see the screen beneath the disc, as well as the strokes you are making with your pen. And so far this is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re using a pen on paper.

Adonit Jot mini

The Adonit Jot mini's precision disc

It means cleaner, more legible handwriting (assuming your normal handwriting is legible in the first place), more accurate strokes, especially when drawing (don’t you just hate not being able to join corners neatly when making diagrams?), more precise annotations when marking up PDFs, etc. (See the short video clip below)

The Jot mini is the “junior” model, being a bit smaller and shorter than the regular Jot and Jot Pro. The shaft is made of aluminum, with a groove cut into the distal end of the shaft to serve as a pen clip of sorts (I wouldn’t recommend using it to clip the Jot mini onto your shirt, though, as it is likely to fall off). A screw-on cover protects the tip and its precision disc when not in use. And it screws onto the rear end of the shaft, making the stylus more comfortable to hold when in use. It also makes you less likely to lose or misplace that previous cap (replacements are $6 apiece).

Adonit Jot mini

With its cap screwed on, the Adonit Jot mini is about as long as an iPhone 4.

It costs more than most styluses ($21.99 on both the Adonit and Amazon stores; roughly Php940), but the build quality is really good, and the ability to write on the iPad’s screen with something that is truly pen-like in look, feel, and function is worth the extra cost, at least for me.

One caveat for those thinking of getting the Adonit Jot mini, or any Jot model: Because you’ll have a disc made of hard plastic regularly gliding across your screen, I’m certain it will eventually leave marks on your screen, so you’d best have some kind of screen protector installed.

The Adonit Jot series of styluses is expected to be available in some Apple Premium Resellers within the month.



Jason de Villa is teacher by day and a geek at all other times of the day. When he’s not teaching, he’s reading and writing about technology, looking for ways technology can help in education. His favorite noodles: Pancit Malabon Express.

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