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Best stylus for Android phones and tablets 2022

The best tablets and large-screened smartphones are designed for your fingers to navigate menus and screens, type, select, and more. But you can also use the best stylus for Android phones and tablets to do all of the above. A stylus offers better precision, particularly with tasks like coloring, jotting down digital notes, or selecting items in a detailed document. They're beneficial for those with large hands, fingers, and/or thumbs who find it difficult to manipulate small text on the screen. The absolute best option for a Samsung Galaxy device is an S Pen Pro, but if you're looking for an alternative or have another tablet brand or smartphone, there are alternatives worth considering, too.

Scribble away with these clever and comfy styli

There's a big difference between a stylus and an S Pen

The best stylus for Android runs the gamut of options and features. If you own a Samsung Galaxy tablet, smartphone, laptop, or even the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, you'll want to stick with Samsung's own very excellent S Pen Pro.

Keep in mind that a universal stylus will work for the basic tasks on a Samsung mobile device, too, but you wouldn't get all the smart features that Samsung built into the S Pen Pro. If you're using the Galaxy Tab S8 series, the S Pen that came with your Android tablet is in fact the best one to use. There are no replacements available for the Tab S8 S Pen yet though, so you should be careful with it for now.

If you're looking for a stylus that's a jack-of-all-trades and designed to work with Android tablets and smartphones from other brands, along with any of Apple's offerings, we'd recommend the Adonit Dash 4 or the KECOW Active Stylus Pen if you like the value of getting a bunch of replacement tips. The KECOW option works as an active and a capacitive stylus, so if you run out of charge you can just flip it and continue writing.

When it comes to price, especially if you want to buy a stylus for everyone in the family or to have one handy everywhere you go, the homEdge Stylus Pen Set can't be beaten. You get 20 styli for a super-low price, enough to share. And they are compatible with any device that has a capacitive touch screen. The only trade-off is accuracy, but that's what you get at this price.

Namerah Saud Fatmi is a freelance writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.

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