The Pixel works like any basic stylus, but its truly unique features kick in once you connect it to your device via Bluetooth 4.0. That enables features like palm rejection, offset correction, and shortcut buttons, which can trigger actions like undo, redo, and erase. The tip of the Pixel is 1.9mm, and adds a certain amount of traction to create a “paper-like drag” when you draw with it on a tablet or smartphone.
Unfortunately, Adonit’s Bluetooth-required features are only compatible with a handful of apps. The company has updated the SDK to make it easier for developers to integrate Pixel features into their apps, but right now you’re limited to a little more than 20 apps to choose from. Thankfully, these encompass some of the best available, including Astropad, Procreate, Photoshop Sketch, and Penultimate.
A neat grip sensor activates the stylus when you pick it up, and when you put it down, the Pixel becomes inactive to prevent unnecessary battery consumption. The stylus also has 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity, for increased accuracy.
The Adonit Pixel works best when connected to Apple’s iPad, but it also works with a wide variety of Apple devices ranging from the iPhone 4s to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The stylus is charged via a USB cable, and an LED indicates when your tool is about to die or when it’s fully charged.