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How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?

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How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?
Samsung truly breathed a second life in the venerable stylus that used to be an indispensable part of smartphones way back in the WinMo era, before Steve Jobs wanted us to only use fingers with the original iPhone.

The Galaxy Note and especially the Note II resurrected the stylus, showing that it can indeed contribute to the finger touch input in a meaningful way, with the numerous adjacent apps like S Note and functions like Air View that made it add value to your smartphone experience, as in that awesome digital painting video.

Now that the Note II has been out for a while, and with the Note customers having more than a year of feedback, we wanted to ask the Note/Note II owners whether the stylus is indeed an indispensable everyday tool, something that simply proves handy now and then, or is it mostly gathering dust in the silo. Checkmark your usage in the poll below, and share in the comments your personal experiences with the second life of the stylus.

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How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?
31.55%
688 votes
(688 votes) I use it all the time for quick notes, sketches, editing, etc.
45.99%
1003 votes
(1003 votes) I whip it out every now and then
22.47%
490 votes
(490 votes) Stylus? What stylus?

2181 votes


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posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:16 29

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Never used it cause i don't have one :P

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:26 25

4. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Lol same 4 me!!
There should have been an option- "I don't have Note smartphone"

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:38 3

40. Twisted247 (Posts: 196; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Or maybe don't vote if you dont own it.

DURRRR

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 19:11 4

45. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


everybody has the right to vote

posted on 15 Dec 2012, 11:37

55. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I voted and I don't even have the freakin' phone!!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 18:26

44. Dr.Phil (Posts: 863; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


"Now that the Note II has been out for a while, and with the Note customers having more than a year of feedback, we wanted to ask the Note/Note II OWNERS whether the stylus is indeed an indispensable everyday tool."

Actually, there should have been an option that said "I didn't read the article and now I'm going to complain there wasn't an option in the poll that wasn't directed at me to begin with" since you seem to have been one of those people.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 01:11

51. kartik4u98 (Posts: 511; Member since: 19 May 2012)


Yeah right..I didn't read the article.
It was my mistake.. !

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:42 6

14. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3740; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I am REALLY enjoying the HTC Droid DNA right now. It's the best smartphone around. I am definitely going to jump on the Samsung Galaxy Note III when it comes out next year.

6.3" 1080p Super AMOLED RGB HD screen will just be EPIC. Also how about 4GB of RAM on that beast!

Let the rumors fly! This time next year I will be using a stylus for sure! lol

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:59 8

17. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


Anything above 6 inch is not a phone anymore.
I would say the note 3 should be between 5.8 to 6 inch max depending on the bezel and how sammy can adjust the size of this monster phablet that I love.
4GB ram is welocme but I would say more likely the note 3 will have 3GB ram.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:46 2

26. PAPINYC (Posts: 2177; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


I agree, though, it would be great to have a voice radio on a 7"+ tablet!!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:58 2

29. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


So you like the DNA?? I was wondering if Verizon customers would buy it or not. I dont have Verizon, but I was wondering if the bettery life on the DNA would be a downside to it??

I dont know what it is about HTC, but they dont supply their phones with sufficient battery life for their phones. I have the Inspire from AT&T and I have to keep a charger cord with me at ALL TIMES lol. Youd think after the lackluster battery issues HTC had with the Inspire (AT&T) and the Thunderbolt (Verizon) that they wouldve learned their lesson by now

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:12 3

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3740; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The HTC Droid DNA is the first phone with great battery life from HTC’s camp. The 1080p SLCD-3 HD screen with the quad-core Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro is VERY, VERY good with battery life. I can get over 3 hours of screen on time & almost 2 days 16 hours on a single charge. That is Wi-Fi at night & 4G from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. That is with regular calls, texting & web browsing.

Now if I watch let’s say 3 Walking Dead episodes back to back & play 1 hour of Temple Run my phone will last 22 hours on a single charge, streaming HD content is WAY more taxing than just straight web browsing.

To me that is GREAT & it's WAY better than I was getting on my rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The HTC Droid DNA is the best smartphone around right now. The BEST phablet around is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. To ME the 2 best Android devices in the world right now are the HTC Droid DNA/J Butterfly & the Samsung Galaxy Note II undisputedly.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:50

39. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 961; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


i agree with what you said about the Note II and im glad that you responded about the DNA because, again, I havent heard any reviews about it from Verizon customers yet.

I stand corrected about the DNA and im glad that you said what you said. I guess the quad-core processor on the DNA makes a difference! I still like the Note II, but Id consider the DNA if there was an AT&T variant

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:32 1

50. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


I was saying hey to this sexy lady while holding my Note 2 and said she liked my gangnum stylus. Woop... woop... woop.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:22 4

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I would love an stilus on a 7" note honestly for a guy with a laptop my Nexus 7 is what I use most of the time

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:58

35. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5527; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


For me, the ability to preview the content of e-mails by hovering the stylus over the e-mail makes the cost of the Note II worth every penny. I don't use the stylus every time I use the Note II, but when I am checking e-mail, the stylus is out before I open the e-mail app.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:22 2

3. wendygarett (unregistered)


I'm not really sure what stylus really means, but one thing I know is that this feature is the first and revolutionary exclusive made only for galaxy note :)

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:30 12

6. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Please tell me this guy is joking?

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:35 4

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


i seriously refrained from saying something this time.... its a bit embarrassing to say the least :(

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:42 3

24. PAPINYC (Posts: 2177; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


A stylus is like that little thing you use as a rectal thermometer except, the one on the Galaxy Note II is removable whereas, yours' is permanently stuck in.

Besides that, my Galaxy Note II's stylus has special powers; I even used it to create my new AvAtAr ☆

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:50 1

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Show off :P

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:30 2

5. techspace (Posts: 515; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


i like nokia's new screen made with synaptics' new technology...........that's the right way to go....who wants a stylus?

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:33 9

7. seesharp88 (Posts: 19; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It does allow for a level of accuracy that cannot come from a finger. For drawing etc

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:40

13. techspace (Posts: 515; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


but that's a very rare occasion........and you can also get the same amount of accuracy on the nokia's new screen, with a car key or stuff like that....you don't need a smart stylus, all you need is something sharp

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:04 3

19. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


There's over 1000 levels of pressure sensitivity when using the S-Pen on the GALAXY Note II, and you get 1 on every other phone except for the ones that use a wacom stylus. Using a key still gives you 1 level of pressure sensitivity.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:05 1

20. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


*Wacom Digitizer

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:16 3

21. akishakoi (Posts: 65; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


do you really actually believe that? 1000 levels of pressure??? come on! our fingers can only even do three (soft. medium, and hard). lols

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 19:34

47. techspace (Posts: 515; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


that's more than enough for any app in the play store
and the user experience should be improved by improving the screen, not the stylus
i have used that on my note and its nothing when compared to the accuracy that we get when we write on the paper with a pen
i can say that having a pen is the worst thing about the note......get the latest smart stylus and try it on you own, you will never say that again

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:23 2

31. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


yeah use a knife to draw on a busy subway with your boring lumia.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:31 1

33. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


...and scare the s**t out of muggers no??

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 19:28

46. techspace (Posts: 515; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


for you kind information, i don't use the lumia.....all i have is the note(1) and the ipad3...i never use the stylus
who wants to carry a pen everywhere?
i didn't say that the lumia's screen is the best...i said that its the right way to go....its a better idea to improve the screen instead of working on making a pen for the old screen

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:34 5

8. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I use it all the time.

Also there's many people here voting even though they don't even have a Note 2 so in the end, the result of this poll won't mean anything.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 13:00

38. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I agree. I use the stylus all the time, if just to see the tool-tips for most of my apps. But, I use it for notes, doodling, and when I don't want to touch the screen with sticky fingers.

As for the poll, at least it brought up the topic. Yet, I wonder how many DNA owners are clicking the last option.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:37 3

10. x88yunkw (Posts: 59; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


I asked all my friends who using note and note 2, and the answer is the most is about 10%.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:39 2

11. aveese (Posts: 14; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


i use it more because my fingers are big and sometimes it blocks my view ahaha

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:40

12. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I never use it on my Note

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:48 4

15. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


This survey is not accurate when combined both galaxy note and galaxy note 2 owners and this is why.

While I used to own a galaxy note 1, I would answer to this as
I whip it out every now and then

Now I own galaxy note 2 and my answer is
I use it all the time for quick notes, sketches, editing, etc.

So combining both note1 and note 2 owners in one survey will have a big margin error depending on who is the real user the note 1 or note 2.

Unreliable survey.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:58 2

34. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Not to mention that there's a lot of trolls who don't even own a GNOTE voting.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:51 4

16. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


i have Note 10.1 and i use it quite often especially while browsing the internet cause its Hover feature allows me to drop down the menus in websites very easily!but i dont know how to draw good so i dont draw with it... sad :(

Love my Note 10.1!

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:02 1

18. OHaZZaR (Posts: 131; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


I use it a lot, Swype with a stylus, is just a whole new way of typing. I use it about 80% of the time, the rest I use offline voice dictation. I've never typed on my keyboard since.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:35 2

22. Hallucinator (Posts: 339; Member since: 24 May 2010)


For those of you who are voting and have never used the note/note 2 Shut up! I have the note 2 and use the s-pen pretty much every day. It is awesome.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:44 1

25. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Exactly. Why do trolls comment on something they don't use/own? I mean you morons make yourself look like idiots that have nothing better to do.

I actually have AT&Ts version of the Note 2. I use my S-Pen all the time, Its easy to use with Swype while typing a text.., Angry Birds, Sketchbook Mobile, etc.

I don't own the iphoney or DNA and I'm not commenting on those. So STFU

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:21 1

23. andro. (Posts: 1935; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I use it the odd time,I use it a lot more often on the note 10.1 though

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 08:57 1

28. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Never use it. Im just in it for the huge screen. If the 6.3 inch rumor is true ill get that too. Still wont use a stylus.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:26 2

32. voxmarc (Posts: 299; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


i hate fingerprint and smudges on my screen so...yeah i used it every time and i love it.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 10:21 1

36. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


I don't have a note 2 but I surely would've liked to use it infront of ifans.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 15:01

41. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


They just make fun of you for your phone being too big.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 10:22

37. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


I don't have a note 2 but I surely would've liked to use it infront of ifans.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 15:12

42. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Then why in the phuck are you commenting on the device if you don't own it? Doesn't that make you look like the phandroid? If you don't own a particular device then why comment about it?

I have the ATT version. Its pretty fn sweet. Iphoney users put their little kids toy away when the Note 2 is around.

The S-Pen is pretty fun to use. I use it with Sketchbook Mobile, Angry Birds, Notes, etc. I use it to compose emails, etc. The Ink Effect when unlocking with your S-Pen is a nifty little feature.

I use Chrome only on my device, its blazing fast even at 4g lte speeds. I had the Infuse 4g before and never got 4g ever. So this is amazing.

Just wondering WHY the US carriers disabled Multi-View on their devices. Seems likes its a Samsung thing and should have been included OTB. But on ATT ill see it by the time the Note 3 comes out.

I appreciate the want to use in front of ifans, but really unless you own one or have used one, please, comment on something you know something about.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 15:32

43. erdpov (Posts: 67; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


I like S-pen on my galaxy note 10.1. I use it to write lectures, sometimes to surf internet, to select some areas of text or screen parts.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 20:05

48. scsa852k (Posts: 273; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Stylus does come in handy on occasion, but honestly I rarely pull it out doing the usual routines with my phone (Making calls, web surfing, twitting, etc.)

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 21:25 1

49. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


I was saying hey to this sexy lady while holding my Note 2 and said she liked my gangnum stylus. Woop... woop... woop. Yup that just happened.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 04:55

52. jsrihari (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


I love the stylus. The greatest thing about it is that i can use the phone outside in the freezing cold and still wear gloves and navigate the phone. Swype texting with the stylus is super fast and accurate. Love my galaxy note 2. Only problem is that sometimes the phone does not detect that the pen is missing when i walk away with the phone. This should be fixed.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 06:46 1

53. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


I often use the stylus to scratch my back and sometimes to clean my ears.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 06:47 1

54. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Lol no was just joking dont own that device.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:09

56. Rockytop (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I have recently purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & I love the phone & I've used the Stylus twice just to checkout the air command applications on my phone. As of now I probably won't use it. But have to say if I was a big user of it & had it out & was fixing to leave & leave my stylus behind I like the fact the phone recognizes your leaving it behind & it sets alarm off to let you know your leaving it behind. Wish I could somehow put this on my car keys since I some morning spend anywhere from 3-5 min. Looking for my keys. So far only thing I found I can do with the stylus is to draw on pictures that can be fun to play with.

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