By JB Burden
Styluses come in handy whether you’re using a tablet, smartphone, e-reader, or other device with a touchscreen. Some people even carry around their styluses to use on public ATMs or kiosks. A good stylus works on capacitive and resistive screens. Cosmos and Bluecell are two manufacturers that offer inexpensive styluses for smartphones and tablets in a variety of bright colors. These styluses are not the highest quality compared to more expensive stylus pens from Boxware, Griffin, and Pogo. However, they still serve their purpose well, are lightweight and colorful, and clip to a pocket or book.
Cosmos offers a three-piece set for $6.99; the included styluses are aqua, red, and black and include the Cosmos brand name. The colors are attractive and unisex, and the soft tips work on capacitive touchscreens without leaving marks. The only potential issue comes from the tips, which may tear over time. A torn or rough stylus tip could scratch or mark a touchscreen.
Bluecell offers four styluses for $5.99—a better value. There are two pink and two purple pens—the colors are cute but may not appeal to men. The stylus pens can help women with long fingernails tap their capacitive touchscreens with better accuracy.
Overall, these pen sets from Bluecell and Cosmos serve the same purpose. The Cosmos pens have a wider appeal for both men and women, but the the Bluecell styluses come at a better value. We wish both kinds included a headphone jack input that attaches the stylus to a tablet so it doesn’t get lost.
|JB Burden has been reviewing, and researching TVs and Electronics for more than 9 years. His topical “interests” include pixel orbiters, louvered screen filters, and in-plane switching panels… among other things. See more about JB|
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