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android stylus appsI have to say that the first time I used a stylus with my Android tablet, I realized that I could never go back to using it with just my finger again. A tablet is an ideal vehicle for applications that are stylus-centric. That means big areas of the screen that you can quickly tap for a function, slider windows to flip between functions with ease, and of course the ability to sketch or draw to accomplish a task.

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The thing about a stylus is that it helps you use nearly any app even faster. I don’t know what it is about holding a pen-like object with a smooth rubber end on the display of the tablet, but it just makes everything go so much faster. And in my use of tablets, going faster is really my biggest requirement. I want it to make doing things more convenient and fast, not difficult and laborious. Who wants to struggle trying to deal with tiny little pushbuttons or text fields on a device meant for big button areas and drawing or tapping rather than typing?

The truth is, a tablet can be useful or even fun if you choose apps that make use of what tablets were intended for. Apps that are created with the touch screen in mind, and providing for big large areas to maneuver or focusing on other features that make good use of touch functionality.

6 Android Stylus Apps

I’ve often written about productivity on a tablet, but in all honesty a lot of the greatest apps I’ve found for the tablet are actually games. There’s just something really relaxing about being able to hold a tablet in one hand and a stylus in the other, playing some relaxing game while laying in bed or laying on the couch. It passes the time and relieves a ton of stress – particularly when the game is easier to play using a stylus.

One relaxing Android stylus app that I sometimes play just as sort of a zen meditation when I’m taking a break is an app called Fireworks Touch. This is a simple enough app, but once you start playing it, you’ll experience just how relaxing it is. Basically, you tap an area on the screen, and that launches a firework toward that area of the sky on the screen. Tap all over the screen, and before you know it you’ve lit up the night sky with an pretty impressive fireworks display – complete with sound effects!

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It sounds simple, but you really have to give it a try with your stylus, which lets you launch a multitude of fireworks with machine-gun timing. There’s something oddly hypnotic and soothing about playing the game.

A productivity app that makes fantastic full use of your tablet’s touch screen is MyScript Calculator. This is essentially a calculator app for the tablet, which lets you sketch out mathematical problems quickly, which the app will then solve for you.

So, let’s say you’re in a restaurant with friends and you want to split the lunch bill four ways. You can multiply the bill by a quarter to figure out your portion by quickly scribbling “32.65 X 0.25”.

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MyScript’s text identification algorithm will translate your writing into an actual mathematical equation like you would have normally typed into a calculator keypad. The app then solves the equation and gives you the answer, all in one fluid step.

best apps for stylus android

It is very cool to see this app in action, and even cooler to use it quickly in public to perform calculations that would otherwise take 2 to 3 times longer by having to type into a mobile phone calculator.  The app is very effective at recognizing the text, and it recognizes, translates, and calculates all at once, without the need to press a single button.

With your stylus, not only can you calculate more quickly, but you can also Tweet graphics more quickly as well, by using an app called Tweetch. With Tweetch, you can quickly draw a sketch and then send it off to your Twitter account.

best apps for stylus android

Tweetch is another good example of a seemingly simple app that actually saves you a lot of time when using your tablet. Why waste time typing in a tweet when you can just whip our your stylus, jot a quick sketch that shows exactly how you’re feeling at any given moment, and tweet it out in seconds. You can overcome Twitter’s word limit by using a picture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

As I mentioned earlier, games make for a great way to relax, and games that seem optimized for a stylus even more so. Scramble Touch is one of those games. The point of Scramble Touch is simply to search out and highlight any sequence of letters in a grid that form a word.

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This isn’t your typical crossword grid. You can zig-zag in any direction at all around the grid, so long as  you choose one consecutive letter after another. Once you’re finished, the app shows you your results as well as the words that you missed.

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There’s also the ability to play the game connected with other users that might be playing the network, but personally I have a lot more fun just kicking back and playing it alone. I guarantee that if you play the game with a stylus, which lets you highlight words around the grid much faster, you’ll score much higher.

Another productivity app that I’ve found is very stylus focused is an expense management app called One Touch Expenser. The reason I first started using this app was actually because I would always forget to record expenses until about a week or two after I was finished with some trip or task. By then, it was nearly impossible to recall exactly when I had spent the money and on what. One Touch basically boils expense tracking down to one touch – literally.

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In its simplest form, you can simply open the app and tap the “+ Transaction” button with your stylus.  If you’re out of time and want to just deal with it later, you can put your tablet away. You’re done. Seriously.

What the app does is creates a time marker in your expense log – which you can return to later and fill in the details using the simple forms. The expenses are listed by date, and you can quickly identify the “not entered” items later, and fill in the details.

The forms are very easy to work with using a stylus, and by tapping the summary link. It’s one of the fastest expense tracking apps I’ve ever used.

The final Android stylus app that I’ve found is Google Tasks Organizer. You may not expect it, but this popular Google Tasks apps is extremely touch focused, and the navigation and editing features are all centered around buttons rather than text entry (other than typing the task name of course).

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You can indent tasks to organize sub tasks, and quickly add or delete tasks by tapping the “+” or trash buttons quickly with your stylus. You can quickly fly through entering a series of tasks with your stylus by tapping in the name, tapping the “Create Another” button, and continuing on until you’re done.

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Everything in this task management app is very button-driven, making it unbelievably fast to manage your small tasks, your projects and – well, basically your whole life – with this effective app synced to your Google Task list, and of course your trusty and ever-faithful stylus pen.

A stylus and a tablet. It’s a beautiful thing.

Do you have any Android stylus app that you use which you find are especially effective when using a stylus? What apps do you recommend? Share your own thoughts and ideas in the comments section below!

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  1. Jesus Isidoro López López Lizárdi
    April 8, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    With Siine, you can write preset words and phrases and even and some of your own!

  2. harley
    April 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I used my tablet without a stylus when I first got it, my fat little fingers went everywhere but where they were supposed to. Now I use a stylus only.

  3. Vishal S
    April 5, 2013 at 8:33 am

    evernote is gr8 app for stylus whatver u called s pen or etc it predics and corrects ur writing also wonderful work samsung keep it up

  4. Mattitude
    April 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I'm using the Swype keyboard on my Samsung Galaxy S3, using a stylus with this keyboard makes text input a breeze, it's actually much faster that using my laptop.

    Recently I went to my phone store to get the Galaxy C-pen but was put off by the price tag, €38 for a piece of metal with a rubber tip, so I went to Currys and found a stylus for €8.... so far so good, this one was just a plastic stick with the rubber end but I remembered seeing the same stylus there for €4 before Christmas, so I thought this was also a bit of a rip-off. Later on, in a local Euro store, I found a great aluminium bodied stylus, nice and slim but with the added advantage of also having a good quality ink pen using the same screw-in refill as expensive Cross pens.... I bought 6 of them, 3 silver, 3 black, total cost €6.... I hate being ripped off.

  5. macwitty
    April 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    FreeNote, note everything is my favorite at the moment

  6. Nevzat A
    April 4, 2013 at 6:43 am

    I'm about to have a Galaxy Note, so this article just arrived on time. Many thanks. :)

  7. Saiful Zaree Johar
    April 4, 2013 at 1:04 am

    If I'm using custom rom dor Note 2 (no Touchwiz framework, so S-Pen and related Samsung apps won't work), what apps are recommended to be used to replace S-Note etc? Thanks

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