Best S Pen apps and freebies for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Best S Pen apps and freebies for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Not only did Samsung essentially jump-start an entirely new category of phablet devices with the original, 2011 Galaxy Note, but it also popularized stylus input with its S Pen. Samsung's stylus has gone through some significant changes with each successive generation, culminating in the Note 4's ever more polished, ever more functional S Pen implementation.

Using the S Pen, however, is a matter of choice. In a poll of ours from not too long ago, 35% of respondents indicated that they never actually use it, while an even more recent one shows that, at the time of this writing, over 40% of poll takers say they would buy the Note 4 even if it came without the S Pen. While the reasons for which people shun the S Pen are likely complex and depend on personal usage habits, it is also the case that the number of apps that make active use of a stylus is not that high. The number of great stylus apps is even lower. This obviously means that there's a glut for quality S Pen apps (other than the excellent, built-in ones), and so we felt compelled to go for a dig and see what's available out there. The results of our excavation are lined up below for your consideration. Pretty much all of these will work with the S Pen stylus of the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Galaxy Note 8.0, 10.1, and NotePro 12.1.

While at it, if you happen to be thinking of picking the Note 4 (or even older models, like the Galaxy S5), you should also know that Samsung is throwing quite a few gifts your way. Those typically come in the form of free subscriptions to premium services, and a few are actually quite nice to have. For a detailed break-down, make sure you make it to the end of the slideshow.

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Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Samsung TouchWiz UI

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