Best iPad stylus: Pogo Connect

I’ve been using this stylus like crazy and I am in love! It’s a touch sensitive stylus for drawing and painting on the iPad which works incredibly well. Because of its touch-sensitive capabilities, this is the first stylus that allows me to think of the iPad as tool for serious illustration. I love my Wacom tablet, but using this is a completely different and, in some ways, a much more direct way to connect to my work… especially once I’d found the right drawing app. I suggest Procreate, which is designed to take advantage of the Pogo Connect.

Having said this, the Pogo stylus has a couple drawbacks. For example, the setup of the pen is unclear. This confused me and a number of other Amazon reviewers who expressed their frustration at never getting it working. Stick with it! Follow the directions… it does work and it works well!

Secondly, the build of the stylus is sorta cheap. During the first usage of my Pogo Connect, I pressed the (flimsy) plastic button into the hollow body. Arg! How infuriating! And I am not the first to have had this problem. With no button, the stylus was unusable.

The Pogo Connect is an awesome tool. Now that I have it, I’m unable to live without it! But I’ll always press that button with a feather touch! -- Robyn Miller

Pogo Connect $62


  1. I’m reading that review and asking myself, “How much did this person get paid for writing this?”
    Those are some pretty serious drawbacks for such an “Awesome” stylus.

  2. “who expressed their frustration at never getting it working. Stick with it! Follow the directions… it does work and it works well!” Well, that’s just fine.

    For something the form of which is like a pencil but that requires one to “follow the directions” and to persevere in the face of persistent frustration, I’d consider this not exactly an unqualified success. I’ve been using my early release unit and it has been more disappointing than liberating. The build quality is borderline for an $80 device. But the accuracy and sensitivity of the unit on applications like Paper53 and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, etc. is unsatisfying. Even my 6-year old ultimately prefers her finger to this tool. I cannot recommend it.

    1. Thanks for the link, I’m in the same boat but that’s literally the first review of the MS Surface Pro that answered any of the questions I cared about.

      I often get the impression that most tablet PC manufacturers either A) aren’t aware of or B) doesn’t care to pursue the market for visual artists who want a solid digital sketchpad.

  3. I’ve always lusted after the Wacom Cintiq line… I’ve been watching the reviews on the Pogo Connect and I’ve been hesitant. Still on the fence after reading this. The Surface sounds interesting for artwork, but it’s not in the cards for me, at least for the foreseeable future.

  4. Yeah, I’m looking for a stylus that’s useful for writing. That means a fine point, responsive to small rapidly changing movements using minor motor skills vs. broad brush strokes. I prefer writing with a fine or ultra fine point pen and these styli feel like using a crayon or a fat marker. 

  5. I’ve got the Hex Jaja stylus, and it’s pretty good. With the current technology, I know nothing’s really going to replace my real-world setup (Platinum Carbon Desk Pen and water-brushes filled with diluted Winsor & Newton inks), and the Jaja *definitely* doesn’t work for me when it comes to handwriting (these things just can’t capture fine curves at speed like a real pen).

    All that said, the Jaja gives me the best experience I’ve ever had with a computer when trying to retouch my scanned drawings. In Procreate or Photoshop Touch, it feel like I’m using a real eraser, and for the first time I’m able to fix lines and have them look like the ones on paper. This is after trying to use various versions of the consumer-end Wacom tablets through the years.

    Another plus of the Jaja is that it uses one of those mechanical pencil/clear plastic disc tips, which gives a far more precise point than these sponge-on-a-pen deals, which always feel to me like using a crayon. I moved on from crayons a long time ago.

    The Cintiq sounds nice, but the price is just way too high for me as someone who only occasionally draws for clients. So take the convenience of the iPad (I’m using a Mini), add a Jaja, and you’ve got a reasonable portable studio.

  6. I decided to try the Pogo Connect because it seemed functional, no-frills, and intuitive. The fact that the tip is magnetized and removable hints strongly at the possibility of interchangeable tips at some point in the future. Like Robyn, I’m a die-hard Wacom fan who was looking for a tool that might turn my iPad into a portable sketchbook.

    So far, I’m pretty happy with the stylus. It seems clear to me, though, that this is a young product that will have to improve over time. My pen fell apart when I pressed the button too hard, but it was extremely easy to fit back together. It’s funny, but I appreciate having that level of control over gadgets that I own.

    Also, this isn’t entirely relevant, but I don’t love any of the currently available painting apps. I’m holding my breath for the day when APS gives us a fully-functional version for tablets.

    Long story short, this is a great front-runner into the field of pressure-sensitive stylii for iPads. If you’re looking for “the Wacom experience,” wait for improvements in the field. If you want a good stylus that’s backed by a creative, responsive company, buy the Pogo Connect.

  7. Umm, that price is steep.  I will stick with other means or a Wacom unless I find something that is a “must have”.

  8. I lust after the Cintaq as well, but I buy used Motion tablets that are effectively the same thing on an xp or ubuntu operating system.  Full wacom pen control on the screen for under $300!

  9. Nice, uh, review?. After such a glowing expose, I will continue to stick with my Adonit Jot Flip, soon to switch to their touch sensitive stylus, the Jot Touch 4.

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