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Treo Stylus | Palm Pen Stylus Review

As I’ve previously noted (see Saved By My Treo Pen Stylus) there are some occasions where the digital input capabilities of your Treo are not quite enough and you need to physically put pen to paper for a signature, to jot a note or hand someone your telephone number for example.

Treo 680 Pen Stylus

It is precisely for such occasions that Palm has now released its Pen Stylus pack for the Treo 680 and forthcoming Treo 750 (due within the next couple of weeks). 

Although the form-factor of Treo 680 and 750 appear to be identical there are some very minor differences.  In this particular instance the fitting of the stylus and therefore the end of the stylus itself (image on the right) are slightly different and Palm therefore includes both three Treo 680 and three Treo 750 styli bodies in this pack (see top image).

Each of the Pen Styli consist of three parts (above) with (from left to right) the black plastic stylus body, the actual pen in a stainless steel tip and finally the pen cap with the black plastic stylus nib.  When presented as one piece there is virtually no difference in the look of the Pen Stylus and the original plain stylus that comes with the Treo 680/750. 

My only complaint is that I find both the original Treo 680/750 stylus (no pen) and this new Pen Stylus to be just a little bit too light (weighing only 3 grams) compared to the heavier (6 grams) Solid Stylus for the Treo 650/700.  Additionally, because the main body of the Pen Stylus is in plastic it inevitably bends a little when you are writing which begs me to ask why Palm did not 1) make the body a little heavier and 2) make the entire Pen Stylus in stainless steel instead of just the tips.

Leaving both of these small details aside there is no doubt that I am extremely impressed and pleased by the overall build quality of this new Pen Stylus and I have therefore ‘upgraded’ both my Treo 680 and Treo 750v with these.

Treonauts always pen with style

Posted by Andrew on January 3, 2007 at 09:24 AM

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by Edulabbe | Jan 3, 2007 10:29:35 AM

I think that Palm tried by any means to reduce the Treo 680's weight.
I don't mind the plastic body. The stylus feels quite comfortable.
Just one doubt... Is only the graphite stylus available?
I have the copper Treo 680... As with the seidio's replacement battery, it seems that people with non-graphite Treos are going to be more patient with accessories...

by Wanderer | Jan 3, 2007 10:55:29 AM

I read somewhere (cannot remember where, I read everything I could get my hands on when the 680 was announced :-) ) that the top part of the stylus is plastic, because a full metal stylus would interfere with the all-internal antenna.

I don't know if this is really the case or not, but if it so, I wonder what to think of getting a metal case for Treo 680. I suppose it would interfere with the reception even more.

by Andrew | Jan 3, 2007 12:26:09 PM

i would say the reason it is plastic is that the canal is not perfectly straight so the stylus needs to be plastic in order to bend a little. due to how crampt the device is with internals

by SJ | Jan 3, 2007 7:18:57 PM

I'm with Andrew 100% that it really nice to have some weight on the stylus. For some reason I keep thinking the Stylus on the Treo 680 doesn't have a good touch and feel on the screen. I'm probably imagining this, but the Treo 680 stylus does not seem very accurate on the screen - I have calibrated my screen several times, but it's not always the perfect click. If I use my Treo 650 Stylus the results are much better. I may be sounding like a dimbulb - how can a different stylus affect your input - but it's true :)

by Russ | Jan 4, 2007 2:59:18 AM

I much prefer the stylus/pen design that's currently available on this site for the 650 which has two improvements:
1. Pull the cap off rather than screw it off
2. Park the cap on the other end rather than park it in your lips while you jot your note.

I hope something like this is developed for the 680.

by Russ | Jan 4, 2007 3:05:16 AM

The stylus referenced above is made by SmartPhone Experts, available at this URL:

It looks like they've got one for the 700, but nothing for the 680 or 750 yet.

by John | Jan 4, 2007 2:45:39 PM

I had a stylus that that being referenced for my old 600...The type where the pen is under the end and not the nib. This proved disasterous.

On one occassion, I dropped my Treo and the force of the shock sent the cap flying but left the stylus inside of the device. Attempts to extract the stylus with needle-nose simply ripped the ball-point section off. I had to send it to Palm for extraction.

I should have learned my lesson, but didn't. After replacing the stylus with a similar model I found myself in the same predicament (stylus stuck inside the device) a few months later. Due to repeated use of the pen portion, the cap became too loose to pull the whole stylus out. I went to write a note and the stylus has been in that Treo ever since.

I definitely do not recommend this design.

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