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May 29, 2010

Pogo Sketch Stylus for the iPad

A member of the family got caught up in the Apple iPad frenzy and I have been serving as technical consultant. I must admit that the iPad is rather addictive although I find many of its Apple-isms rather strange and despite my general dislike for touch screens. However, there are times when using fingers really will not do with iPad apps – primarily the art apps like Brushes. For these you need the rather more precise drawing capability of stylus if you want to avoid the finger-painting look. Of course, any old stylus will not work because the iPad uses a capacitive touch screen.

I did some looking around for a manufactured iPad stylus because the build-it-yourself instructions I found on the Web seemed rather dubious and it was easy to narrow it down to the Pogo family of styluses probably because the market is still new. Anyway, we ended up with the Pogo Sketch Stylus

which is a bit longer at 5.2 inches than the Pogo Iphone Stylus which also works but is only 3.5 inches long.

Using the Pogo stylus works great and is quite an improvement. In fact, I tend to use the stylus for basic navigation and even typing on the screen keyboard. However, if you want to completely replace the use of fingers you will need two of them to emulate the multi-touch gestures which require two fingers and thereby two styluses.

Posted at 9:51 pm. Filed under Apple, Brands, Companies, Internet Tablet, iPad, Notebook, Pogo

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November 8, 2005

Nokia 770 Internet tablet available in Europe

Tom Krazit has the story at InfoWorld:

The Linux-based tablet announced by Nokia Corp. a few months ago can now be ordered from various Nokia Web sites in Europe for about €350 (US$413.35), Nokia announced Monday.

Nokia first announced the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet in May. The device comes with an integrated Wi-Fi chip for browsing the Internet and runs an operating system called Internet Tablet 2005, which is based on Linux and incorporates several open-source applications.

The 770 is a bit of a departure for Nokia, the world’s largest mobile phone vendor. It is much smaller than Tablet PCs that use Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, but like those devices it is designed to be used with a stylus and comes with handwriting recognition software.

More details at the Nokia specs page (flash demo here) and a press release indicates it will start shipping the USA in about a week.

As far as reviews go, jkOnTheRun, MobileBurn,, and Howard Chui all have given it a test drive. Bear in mind that the reviews are for pre-preproduction models, so various glitches (mostly software) may well have been ironed out in the shipping models.

That being said, it’s generally well received aside from the nagging question of exactly what the intended purpose is. It’s not a cell phone and doesn’t really have a full set of PIM/PDA software but the competent Linux software application suite makes it a nice portable web surfer if you can find a Wi-Fi connection, which means a commercial hotspot or to my mind, around the house. (In fairness, a Bluetooth cell phone connection works as well.) There’s no keyboard so you’ll have to use the handwriting recognition or onscreen “keyboard,” but none of the viewers felt it was a note taking device. If I were to sum it up, it’s seems to me that it is an “Internet player” which at about $400 may well find some takers. It’s also a first step for Open Source in the tablet arena. The Open Source 770 community site is

Posted at 10:47 am. Filed under Internet Tablet, Linux, Nokia, Notebook, Operating Systems, Tablet PC

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