Pogo Stylus for iPhone and iPod touch

Ten One Design
Pogo Stylus for iPhone and iPod touch $14.95

Ever wonder why the iPhone and iPod touch screens need the touch of a finger to work?

The secret word is “capacitive.” iPhone and iPod touch screens are coated with a layer of material that conducts a continuous electrical current across the sensor. The screen works by monitoring the change in electron flow that happens when your finger touches the screen.

A screen that needs a finger’s touch is just fine in sunny California, but here in upstate New York it gets cold. Sometimes it gets really cold. And you can’t use a capacitive screen while wearing gloves - that is, until the Pogo Stylus.

The Pogo Stylus is a 3.5” long brushed aluminum stylus with a spongy tip that uses a proprietary technology to simulate the touch of a finger. It’s great for sketching and for entering text on the iPhone keyboard, and also works on the multi-touch trackpads of the MacBook, MacBook Pro and Macbook Air. Those of us with long fingernails or large fingers will find the Stylus particularly useful.

I’m pleased to report that the Stylus passes the gloves test with flying colors. I tried it out while wearing leather driving gloves and heavy winter gloves (not at the same time!) and it worked flawlessly. This is one very cool item.

The Stylus comes with a plastic travel clip that slides on the back of the iPhone 3G; clips to fit other iPhone and iPod touch models are also available. The Pogo Sketch, also $14.95, is a longer version of the Stylus with a pen-style pocket clip.

– Elsa Travisano

Copyright ©2009 by Elsa Travisano. This review appeared in the February 2009 issue of Newsbreak, the newsletter of MUG ONE - Macintosh User Group of Oneonta, NY.