The best Apple Pencil alternatives

Product shots of three Apple Pencil alternatives
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It isn't only Apple that makes a top-notch stylus, there are plenty of other brands making pens to use on your iPad for drawing. While we think none of the below quite match up to the Apple Pencil 2, they are perfect for light note-taking, sketching, and rudimentary drawings. 

When putting this list together, we've considered the connectivity (of course we've only included alternatives to the Apple Pencil, which means they need to connect to an iPad), design, pressure levels, and any extra features as well as the price of each model, weighing up the options and using Apple's own devices as a benchmark. 

Beren Neale
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