Tablets and large-screened smartphones are designed for you to use your fingers to navigate menus and screens, type, select, and more. However, a stylus offers better precision, particularly with specific tasks like coloring, jotting down digital notes, or selecting items in a detailed document or spreadsheet. They’re especially useful for those with large hands, fingers, and/or thumbs who find it difficult to manipulate small text on the screen. We’ve rounded up the best universal stylus pens. For those who own a Samsung device, specifically, however, the absolute best option is an S Pen.
Adonit Dash 3
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.
$45 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.
$60 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.
$30 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.
$20 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.
$10 at Amazon
AmazonBasics Stylus for Touchscreen Devices
AmazonBasics has your best value with this stylus that is compatible with all capacitive touchscreen devices and is affordable enough for you to buy a bunch to keep around the house and office.
$7 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
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 difference 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 rounded up many of the most common S Pens available for purchase if you need an extra or replacement one. Keep in mind that a universal stylus will work for the basic tasks on a Samsung tablet or Note series phone, but you wouldn’t get all the smart features that Samsung built into the S Pen. Plus, you wouldn’t be able to neatly store the pen within the device when you’re not using it.
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, we’d recommend the Adonit Dash 3 or the Digiroot Universal Stylus if you like the value of getting a bunch of replacement tips.
However, when it comes to price, especially if you want to buy a stylus for everyone in the family, or one to keep at home, at the office, in your briefcase, your travel bag, and your backpack, it doesn’t get much more affordable than the AmazonBasics universal stylus, which works on virtually any capacitive touchscreen tablet or phone. It doesn’t have as narrow and precise a tip as the others, but it will do the job for basic activities when you want to gave your fingers a break.