Best Stylus for Android Phones and Tablets Android Central 2020

Whether you own a tablet or a phablet phone — or you just find a stylus easier on your hands than jamming a finger at the screen — a stylus can come in real handy for a number of reasons. We've rounded up the best universal stylus pens, but if you own a Samsung device, you'll want to opt for an S Pen specifically for your model of S Tab tablet or Galaxy Note phone.

Fine-point stylus: Adonit Dash 3

Staff pick

The Adonit Dash 3 is a universal stylus that can be used with Android tablets and phones. It features a fine-tip point that mimics a paper-like drag.

$37 at Amazon

For the latest Samsung tablets: Samsung Tab S4 S Pen

If your Samsung tablet supports the S Pen, this is the replacement pen you should get. It's a legitimate Samsung S Pen and there's nothing better.

$58 at Amazon

A genuine replacement: Samsung Note 9 S Pen

Replacement Galaxy Note 9 S Pens are available in the four official color configurations and are genuine products straight from Samsung.

$25 at Amazon

For your Note 8: Samsung Note 8 S Pen

Lost or broke your Galaxy Note 8's S Pen? Don't replace your phone until you've tried this replacement S Pen from Samsung.

$19 at Amazon

Keep your Note 5 alive: Samsung Note 5 Renewed S Pen

For those still rocking an Note 5, you can get a renewed replacement S Pen available in black, white, or gold that's backed by Amazon's 90-day guarantee.

$14 at Amazon

Best value: AmazonBasics Executive Sylus (3-pack)

AmazonBasics has your best value if you own multiple tablets and want a reliable stylus to have on you whenever and wherever you need one.

$14 at Amazon

We've got some tips: Digiroot Universal Stylus

The two predominant styles for universal stylus pens are fiber or disc tips. The Digiroot Universal Stylus offers both: three fiber and six discs.

$11 at Amazon

Ergonomic design: Musemee Notier V2

The Musemee Notier sets itself apart from other pens with its ergonomic design — it widens towards the tip to give you a more comfortable grip.

$12 at Amazon

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

If you own a Samsung Galaxy tablet or Note smartphone you'll want to stick with Samsung's own very excellent S Pen, and we've been sure to round up the most common S Pens available. While a universal stylus would work for most uses on a Samsung tablet or Note series phone, you'd be without all the smart features that Samsung built into the S Pen and also won't be able to store the pen within the device.

If you're looking for a stylus that's a jack-of-all-trades and designed to work with Android smartphones and tablets along with any of Apple's offerings, too, we'd recommend the Adonit Dash 3 or the Digiroot Universal Stylus if you like the value of getting a bunch of replacement tips.

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