Apen A3 Bluetooth for Smartphone

by Mark R

I have reviewed pens that can interact with computers before, and I had a chance to try out the A3 Smart Pen from Apen. I’m going to share with you the pros and cons.

I’ll start with the cons. Fist of all, the unit that clips onto the paper that you see here has a fragile clip. It broke off on the first try, and I only tried to clip it to a thin magazine.

The Apen A3 advertises that it can interact with one’s smart phone screen in realtime. I will have to say that I have used two of these pens, and I wasn’t able to get it to connect with the Bluetooth on my Droid X, even though the A3 says it is compatible with Android OS 2.1 or above. In Apen’s defense, I have had problems connecting with devices before.

However, I will have to admit as a device that can clip to a piece of paper, and then download the images onto a computer, this is probably the most accurate that I have tried so far. It can also store up to 100 pages wirelessly before you have to download them to a computer. Another handy feature is the Apen A3 can be used on a mouse with the computer. You can actually draw and see your results in realtime.

Also included in the Apen package is Photo Sketcher software which allows the user to draw on images, and then share them on Facebook or Flickr.

I will have to admit that I had some problems with the Apen A3, but if you can afford it, I will recommend it. It costs about $129.95 and is available here.

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