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 Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)

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7 Comments

1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Awesome! Been lookin for an article like this. Thanks PA. Keep up the good work!

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

90% of People who voted for no on those polls are people who hate samsung and will never buy a samsung in their life...

4. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Agree. Those polls are for bashing Samsung. = 1."In a poll of ours from not too long ago, 35% of respondents indicated that they never actually use it, " How does PA know that most of those voters are not iboys on duty? = 2."...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." What this, that Note 4 is better device than rivals even without S-Pen, makes to the love and need of the Note owners for S-Pen????? Oh yes....iFlex6+ has not Wacom pen function and productivity....Right? DURTY, UGLY iManipulations.

5. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

"........ and will never buy a samsung in their life..." Do not be so sure. Some day soon, many of the same iMorons(not the US patriots, though) will buy Samsung devices , and will behave same zombie way.

3. simpleas

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Im just so eager to get my hands on the Note 4 tomorrow. I use the s-pen daily at work and I can't go back to a phone without one. The only thing is I wish they had an S5 sized Note as well.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Samsung needs to offer better export for S-Note. I don't like making content on my Note 3 or Note 8 and then not being able to use normal PC vector apps like Illustrator to edit the files. If Samsung with their poor data format support wants to help Microsoft sell more phablets/tablets with pen support, they are doing a good job. Unfortunately, Samsung makes too many features like Apple does. Features that have high marketing impact, but as soon as you get past the surface, really aren't very well made. S-Pen is one of these shallow features. It's a handy mouse at times, nice for drawing, but Samsung didn't finish the story. It's a road to nowhere.

7. arobulack

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

I just bought a Note 4 and none of these "freebies" were available, so I'm not sure where you guys got this information from. Unless there's some trick to accessing them?

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