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.