The Crayola iMarker looks just like a real marker, minus the healthy solvent smell
Kids love the iPad. They love to jab their sticky little fingers at its screen, they love to drool over its elegant glass and aluminum curves and they love to drop it onto floors, hard tiles and soft carpet alike. Clearly, they should be kept away from my iPad.
But if you have kids, and you’re willing to let them use your $500+ tablet for such dubious reasons as “education” and “development,” then you might like to spend yet more money on the Crayola iMarker (made by Griffin). It’s a $30 stylus for kids which differentiates itself from other chunky styluses by looking like an actual Crayola marker, and by costing double the price.
Thus equipped, your offspring can attack your iPad and record their scrawlings. A free companion app, called the Crayola Color Studio HD, allows them to do all the usual things kids do with crayons: coloring messily over the lines, drawing pictures of mommy so poor that they’d be a fight-worthy insult if done by an adult, and making machine-gun noises with their mouths while they draw trails of bullets raining down on “mommy’s” head.
Or they could, were the app not so crashy. The App Store reviews say that the Color Studio HD crashes on launch, and when it does work, it lacks “sensitivity”, which causes the user to press harder on the screen than they should, even though doing so makes no difference.
Luckily, there are all kinds of excellent drawing and painting apps for the iPad which can be bought separately.
So why buy the Crayola iMarker in pace of something like the Alupen? Because it’s plastic, so when your progeny drops the thing onto the glass screen of the iPad, it won’t crack it. Available now, online or from Best Buy.