I suggest to every beginner that you go down to your local music store and buy one of each pick to check them out. You will learn what you do and don't like, and what you are looking for.
Where Obtained: bottom of the washing machine
It's a pick, and it has sort of textured grippies...
I don't wear them out too quickly...
I love this pick as I do the Jazz III for their small size and their thickness. Where the Stubby stands out is the short life span of the point -- great when you need a pick for super fast shred. this pick will increase your speed after it has been worn down. Plus it provides less pick noise when attacking the string.
Where Obtained: Beyond the Postmodern Divide
This pick is similar in concept to the celebrated Jazz III model: small overall size, sharp point, thick. It differs in the construction material leading to three things: (a) less durability (b) less pick noise on steel strings and (c) depending upon technique, a faster pick attack and increased speed
Poor durability. This, however, is why I buy them (so maybe I should rate it high?). I really like the fact that the tips wear down quickly. I use the Jazz III for regular picking (they are very durable) and I use the Stubby (worn down) for the super secret "Bofa Picking" -- after trying one for a while I increased my speed by probably 10%. The pick just literally glides over the strings...it is really weird feeling