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Thumb Extender Stylus To Help You Use Giant Phones With One Hand

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It’s an undeniable trend: smartphone screen sizes are getting bigger. And while bigger is better, those of us with shorter thumbs may beg to differ, as one-handed use of these larger devices becomes almost impossible. Thanko, Japanese retailers of many oddball gadgets, are selling these thumb-extending styli that look stupid, but do allow you to reach the upper corners of your screen that were previously too far. We’re not sure why it needs to be shaped like a thumb, but as long as it gets the job done we suppose some people might not mind the indignity. Good luck getting your hands on one, however. Even though it’s cheap at 1,480 yen (or roughly $15), we don’t believe Thanko will ship directly stateside. Those of you who are more motivated might want to look into a service like White Rabbit Express.

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Nano Nails Turns Your Finger Into a Stylus

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Ever wished you could make do without a stylus when you’re doodling or creating digital works of art on your phone or tablet? Granted, there are a lot of styluses already available on the market, from pens to wearable ones that look like the sharper cousins of thimbles. However, if none of these are to your liking, then you’ll be happy to hear about Nano Nails, the smartphone manicure that basically puts the stylus on your fingernails.

Nano Nails are gray-colored nail extensions that can be applied to bare fingernails with adhesive tabs or with nail glue. Once in place, users will be able to tap, draw, and manipulate smartphone and tablet screens with ease. The more fashionable ones can opt to paint over the nails with polish, but of course it should steer clear of the Nano Nails’ capacitive tip.

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Elektra Nails Are Styluses That You Can Wear On Your Fingertips

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If you’re looking for a stylus that’s as compact as they come, then look no further than Elektra Nails. These are styluses that you can wear on your very own fingers. They’re actually shaped like fake fingernails, only they’ve got capacitive tips instead of being all sharp and pointy so you can tap, write, and doodle on your smartphone or tablet’s screen easily.

They come in a neutral color, which makes them appropriate for use by both men and women. The latter group of users will be happy to know that the nails are easily customizable, as the surface can be painted over with nail polish.

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Credit-Card Sized Stylus Is Easy To Carry

By David Ponce

We often talk about styluses for touch based devices here, mostly the iPhone and its ilk; turns out there are situations where they’re desired, despite Steve Jobs’ reported hate of them. Now, most of these solutions always involve some kind of compromise when it comes to bulk and portability. Just think of the Ozaki iCoat Finger Case, or the MicroStylus, which tucked into your headphone jack. Nice try, but we really prefer the Cipher, pictured above. It’s a credit-card sized and shaped piece of plastic with a capacitive area. This turns it into a stylus which you can use with any touch-sensitive device. Just keep it in your wallet with all your cards.

We’re not sure when or if it’ll ever come out of the Quirky labs, but if it does, its projected price is $4.

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MicroStylus Tucks Away In Your Headphone Jack

By David Ponce

So the company OMGPOP, makers of Draw Something, was bought by Zynga for $20 million a while back. You might have heard, it was all over. Anyway, the point is that Draw Something is darn popular, dethroning the almighty Angry Birds for a while. And now everyone is realizing that drawing stuff on your iPhone with the tip of your finger is one of the hardest things ever. So you might want a stylus, but hey, where you gonna carry that? In your pocket like a caveman? The MicroStylus is just the thing for you. It’s so small, it goes right into the headphone jack that most smartphones have, doubling as a dust cap. Machined from aircraft grade aluminum, its small capacitive tip adds much needed precision. You won’t be able to produce a Van Gogh with it, but you wouldn’t be able to do that anyway even with fancier instruments, so don’t be so picky.

It’s also cheap: $10.

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