What is a Stylus?

Pogo Stylus for iPhone
Pogo Stylus for iPhone. Ten One Design


A stylus is a writing utensil that is typically long and stiff, like a ballpoint pen.

In relation to a smartphone or tablet, a stylus is a small stick used to enter information or write on the touch screen of a phone.

Many smartphones include a stylus. The stylus usually slides into a slot built into the smartphone for that purpose. Some touch-screen phones, such as the iPhone, do not include a stylus, but you can purchase one separately.

Tablets also offer stylus options. One example is the Apple Pencil for the iPad, which can even perform some of the same functions a fingertip can.

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