Haven't We Been Here Before?
I have already covered the Jaja stylus in relation to the Pogo Connect in this comparison review. I decided that every device deserves to be reviewed by itself. That's not to say I won't make comparisons, I probably will. But I want you, my readers, to have a complete picture of anything I review so that you can make sound purchasing decisions with confidence in what you're buying.
Appearance, Design, Comfort
As I opened the Jaja's impressively protective box, I noticed right away that the stylus feels just like a normal pen. It's the same basic shape, has a rubber triangular comfort grip (which is great for extended sessions), and its weight gives it a solid feel. Other iPad styluses I've used have been a bit light, which for a pen is bad. Light pens get dropped and damaged because people don't hold them as tightly. In the case of a pressure-sensitive stylus, lighter means using a firmer, cramp-inducing grip, and it also short-circuits the feel of the pressure-sensitivity.
The tips of other styluses are usually firm rubber. The Jaja's innovative Teflon tips give a good, firm feel to painting and note-taking, and there's never a question of whether the device is actually pressing the screen – you can feel it. Pressure sensitivity is easily customized using the Jaja itself, and it doesn't need its own app to get set up.
The stylus is not only comfortable to use, but it feels very natural because of the weight, shape, and flat-nib design. Using it feels just like a pen, something which most of us have done for years. Getting started creating art or taking notes with the Jaja is easy because it feels so familiar.
Functionality and Customization
An especially nice feature of the Jaja is its self-contained pressure calibration system. To set the minimum and maximum pressure, you hold down the top or bottom buttons on the Jaja's body and press as hard or soft as you'd like. It records that setting for minimum or maximum pressure, and there's no need to use yet another app to figure it out. This, in my estimation, puts it well ahead of the Wacom art tablets and their styluses, since it's based on how you want it to feel.
The Jaja communicates with tablets using high frequency sound. The tablet interprets this sound in any app that's compatible with Jaja's pressure sensitivity (like Procreate or Sketchbook Pro). This does mean that the Jaja is subject to sound interference if you're in a particularly noisy environment. However, I tried it in several noisy places: a study table packed with nerds arguing about Anime at Starbucks, near noisy streets, and in my apartment's kitchen while my daughters laying down beats on pots and pans like they're playing a drumset. Not once did I have to adjust the stylus's built-in speaker.
Because the Jaja uses sound instead of Bluetooth, you can use it in while your tablet is in Airplane mode. Not only is this handy for rare occasions like flights and hospital visits, but it can also extend the battery life of your tablet.
I really like using the Jaja not only for painting, but whenever I need a stylus. Because of its nib design, you can see what you're writing a lot easier. So I use it when taking notes, sketching in non-pressure apps, and sometimes even when I've just cleaned my iPad's screen and want it to stay smudge-free just a little longer. It's become my go-to stylus for nearly everything.
The Jaja stylus feels like a pen, works like a brush, and looks like a professional-grade stylus. Whether you want to take your artwork to the next level, or you just really want a stylus that looks impressive and feels familiar, I highly recommend the Jaja.
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