iChic Gear Phantomus
iChic Gear, www.ichicgear.com
Performs well; reasonably priced; decent build quality; novelty design should appeal to the target audience
Rubberised nib feels a little too soft; barrel has no give or padding; looks may restrict users to just the young
Available in boy-friendly blue or girl-friendly pink, iChic Gear’s Phantomus comes with a one-eyed, smiley ghost head, which is detachable and can be used to protect the soft rubberised nib when not in use. iChic claims it has the weight, shape and feel of a typical felt-tip pen, so will be familiar to any child new to using an iPad and stylus.
The Phantomus has a smooth, straight barrel, which is quite comfortable to use despite the lack of a padded grip. The nib, while a touch too soft for our tastes, has a nice bounce and responds pretty well – it’s a good choice for digital drawing and painting. The Phantomus also works fine as a gaming stylus. The slimline design doesn’t distract from or obscure gameplay.
Build is okay: the rubberised tip is secure and the slimline body fairly solid, which is important when you consider how easily children’s toys can be broken when your back turns.
Macworld Australia Buying Advice
The Phantomus is one novelty iPad stylus that isn’t fit for the bin after a day or two of play. While its appeal may be limited to the young, the reasonably priced, fairly solidly built Phantomus isn’t a bad choice for just about anyone.