Quick Review: Pencil (Stylus) by Fifty Three
The first thing to keep in mind is that “Paper” is designed for arts & design, more than taking notes. The “Pencil” very much follows this aesthetic by a design to look very much like a
carpenters pencil, wood exterior and everything. I love the fact that it has an eraser backside, along with being rechargeable by a standard USB-A port (which is hidden inside). It is, however, your standard capacitive stylus, so it’s covered in that soft rubber-like material on both pencil and eraser end. The pencil end does, however, have some sort of pressure sensor built-in.
Overall, it’s a cool design and the tech issues may just be a bad unit. However, the writing experience was unsatisfying to me. It really is designed for artistic purposes with the ability to take notes (like say if you were drawing up a diagram) as a far secondary purpose. Of course the “Paper” app is also limiting when it comes to taking large amounts of notes. The export to PNG (to Evernote) is also not a good format for notes, PDF would have been better. So I’ve quickly chalked this one up as a loss and moved on.