How often do you use the S Pen on your Galaxy Note?

How often do you use the S Pen on your Galaxy Note?
The S Pen has been the signature feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series for years, ever since the very first Note launched way back in October, 2011.

But with smartphone becoming faster, input becoming more precise, does Samsung really need the S Pen in 2019?

Here at the office, the opinions are split: some of us love the S Pen, others never use it and would gladly trade it for say a larger battery or some other cool feature.

But what about you? This poll is directed at Samsung Galaxy Note users only: do you use the S Pen and how often?

Are you happy with the S Pen experience? Let us know your experience with the S Pen by voting in the poll and in the comments right below.

How often do you use the S Pen on your Galaxy Note?

Multiple times every day (very often or often)
Sometimes, maybe every other day
Only when I need it (rarely)
I forget it's there (never, or almost never)

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

I had the note 9 for a good 1 month. I used on the first day of purchase and once to click a selfie . Thats it. Returned it for being that tad bit too tall. I honestly don't use the S-pen that much at all. Many people I know though use it on a fairly regular basis ie at least a few times a week.

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Interesting, I am in the same camp, use it very rarely. Have you noticed what those other people are using it most for, is it just hand-writing or drawing, or something else?

23. torr310

Posts: 1705; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I agree it's too tall for me as well. it is also more comfortable using wider screens than narrower screens for sketching/drawing, and most important to me - web browsing.

35. Lisaborgia193771764

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2019

I use my s pen only when i need it (rarely)

3. Rogerlebo

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I always use the S-Pen of my Galaxy Note 9. Doing so, the screen is always clean. Now waiting for the Galaxy Note 10.

5. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

So you just kind of use the S Pen instead of your fingers for... everything?

32. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 970; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I use the pen on my note 9 almost daily, mostly for photo editing (brush tools work perfectly with the pen)

4. Kdk2020

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 27, 2016

Had the Note 9 for about 3 months. Used the S pen a grand total of 4 times. Thankfully am in the pixel camp now

6. maherk

Posts: 7021; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

My sister is a graphic designer, and ever since she bought the Note 2, she refuses to buy any other phone that doesn't have a stylus. She use it for quick editing, or drawing sketches. As for my experience, I would say that I used to use the S-pen the first few days after getting the phone, and then rarely ever use it again, until I got the Note 9, I was taking the Spen out almost every time I was going to take a picture.

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1471; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

My friend has the note 9, she uses the pen mostly to take pics since she loves taking pictures and selfies.

8. CantEvenWin

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

I love my Note 8 and S-Pen. I use it daily for screen grabs because I rarely need everything on my screen captured. I use it for jotting down notes and requests from my boss on the fly. I use the screen off notes with the pin to always on display for shoppings lists or daily tasks I need to get done. I use it to extract text from diagrams and things in pictures I would otherwise have to type out. I love my S-Pen.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Note 3 - I was in the Only when I need it category. Note 4 - Sometimes, maybe every other day. Note 7 - Multiple times every day (for 2 months, then it was sorely missedon my S7E). Note 8 - all the damn time.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I used roughly 20 times a years and 10 of those times is around tax time.

11. TBomb

Posts: 1668; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Never used a Note... but I'd imagine I wouldn't use it all to often. It'd come in handy when doing some sketches or doodling on a snapchat or something I'm sure.... but every day use... probably not.

13. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Everyday S-Pen use: Faster texting via swipe, especially on a flat surface. More accurate copy/paste selections. More accurate photo cropping. More accuracy when moving the cursor position. Just to name a few.

12. legar123

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

I always use the spen on my S10e.

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 597; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

Wah, wah, waaaah...

15. CantEvenWin

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

You're killin' me smalls

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31630; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All the time, addicted to it.

17. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I use it from time to time. Copy/Paste, translation, screen write and most especially making gifs is what I usually use my S pen for.

28. Alter

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Making gifs with the S Pen is underrated.

18. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I don't use the stylus for anything artistic and rarely take selfies, but I do love it for taking notes and navigating desktop versions of certain websites where a fat finger just doesn't work well. The stylus is the only reason I keep getting a new note each year.

19. Limbopope

Posts: 63; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I went from the OnePlus One beta batch in early 2014 to the Note 4 in 2015 and just changed to the Note 9 last month (I want my headphonejack thanks!). Since I changed back in 2015 I don't think i can ever return to non stylus life. I use it mostly for editing photos, screenshots, editing screenshots and copying text. While you can do this with your finger, once you experience the precision of a stylus I don't think there is any comparison afterwards. I also took up sketching and doodling on my phone so that has introduced a whole new hobby for me. I also use the screen off memo feature about once a week. Also I can see myself using the Note 9 camera shutter activation for long exposure manual shots which I've missed since the OnePlus One all those years ago, a feature (Camera 2 api) sorely missed from the Note 4. Although I don't use it every day the spen has now become a part of my tech life in those moments demanding more precision than a mushy finger and I can't see myself ever changing back to a non Note device. Long may it exist!

20. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

I use it all the time. Great for taking notes during calls, screen grabs, text selection etc However, if they get rid of the headphone jack, i think i might be ok going with a non-note device

21. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 624; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

A few times every day for me. I mostly make notes with it in the S Notes app and sometimes if i quickly want to jot down a reminder i pull out the pen and write it down. No unlocking my phone no opening an app it all does it by itself.

22. oldskool50 unregistered

I use mine everyday. My main use is I do floor-plans and I use them to make notations on the photos that I take. I do a lot of street mapping where I also make notations for landmarks. In the car I use it as my input device, so my hands never have to touch the phone while driving. I use it to write out emails and text messages, when I don't feel like typing, which is often wince I type so much on my PC. I also make a log of GIF's from videos I may be watching. he pen comes in handy to start the video playing, while I tap record for the GIF. Very handy for that. I also still add a sketch to Samsung's Pen-Up and I have SketchBook Pro where I have a collections of line arts I do daily.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31630; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love sketch book, and I use Pin up too.

24. bonedatt

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 23, 2019

The S-Pen is the reason I buy a Note, so of course I use it all the time.

26. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

I use it always with google handwriting keyboard that converts your writing into text, when taking notes, and writing long text or an email,it is very nice as compare against stock keyboard when I have to write fast, but the only downside is its thin body, not a so convenient to hold as you would write more than an hour with, but overall I love it.

27. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I just used for taking calls, texting, gaming, video playing and photography.... don’t need my hand haha.

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