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How often do you use the S Pen stylus of your Galaxy Note 3?

How often do you use the S Pen stylus of your Galaxy Note 3?
Samsung brought the stylus in vogue again, resurrecting something 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 our smartphones.

With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung improved significantly on the winning S Pen formula, by introducing better pressure sensitivity, new features, and centralized Air Command navigation wheel. In addition, there are now much more applications in the Play Store, tailored specifically to take advantage of Samsung's S Pen stylus.

The Note 3 has been out on the market for about six months now, that's why we want to probe its owners about the frequency of their S Pen stylus usage again. We are curious to learn 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 next iteration of the S Pen stylus.

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How often do you use the S Pen stylus of your Samsung Galaxy Note 3? (2014)
Using it all the time now for drawing, handwriting, clipping, annotating, or simply doodling 22.34% (631 votes) (631 votes)
I take it out sometimes, like to scribble a quick note, or start a Pen Window 42.37% (1197 votes) (1197 votes)
The stylus? Oh, yeah, I showed it off, and it's been grounded since 35.29% (997 votes) (997 votes)

2825 votes

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posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:16 26

1. ABDULGHAFOOR (Posts: 104; Member since: 04 May 2012)

i don't have Note 3 :-P

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:18 6

2. Finest (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)

Actually having to own a note 2 i never used it :D i just happen to took it out when we bought it and that's all i can recall :)

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 17:47 2

48. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Believe me pal, u dont know wat u r missin out on.
The S-Pen is an excellent device paired with an equally excellent smartphone...especially on the Note 3....n i owned a Note 2 before so yeah on the Note 2 as well.

I am into management and constantly on the move....i cant even begin to tell you how useful it is for taking detailed notes, quick memos, sketching ideas and collaboration along with multi tasking

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 19:13

49. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

He not missing much I have a note 3 and I do not use mines, its just our personal preference, I am glad they did this poll, it shows not many people use it, which was my point. When the 1520 launch every Samsung fan made a big deal about the pen, but just like the poll show not everyone use it like that, so its not a huge deal, but for you it may be a huge deal, so its good Samsung give people option, maybe the next Lumia 1520 will give people options with a pen for people like you who need one

posted on 24 Sep 2014, 11:05

66. charizzardd (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2014)

hmm, I would read the poll as the opposite actually. 2/3 of those polled actually use their s-pen at least casually (22% all the time and 42% casually or occasionally). The minority is the one group who never uses it.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:21 38

3. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)

I have a feeling that people who don't actually have any note device are the ones voting lol.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:26

6. tech2 (Posts: 3487; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:46 7

13. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

LOLOL I'm one of those :D

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 11:52 6

28. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

I wanted to be as well but I decided not to corrupt the voting!

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 12:28

32. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Nice choice actually.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 10:19 4

18. jcdz89 (Posts: 78; Member since: 01 Mar 2013)

I think u r correct.. Well I'm a note 3 user & I usually use the styles. It has some useful applications.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 12:12

30. imran86 (Posts: 178; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)

I am one of those too but my brother has it and he often lets me use it and the thing i use the most is the S pen on it.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:23 8

4. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

The stylus? Oh, yeah, I showed it off, and it's been grounded since

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 14:44 2

40. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)

Sadly you wish to have one right?? Troll..

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:25

5. MetroPhase (Posts: 12; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

haha I have to grab popcorn and Twizzlers for this one

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:27

7. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I think many would say that they lost it and haven' replaced it.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:31

8. N3Z1droid (Posts: 89; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)

take phone call from my Z1 then sometimes write some important note with Note 3, oh well for now i am satisfied... :P

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:37 4

9. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

To be completely honest, i almost never used it on the Note 2.
But now i cant go a day without it. Be it to doodle randomly, to cropping images, to copy and pasting while in Multi Window, and even for playing TicTacToe with my 6 year old baby sister.

The One Max tempted me very much. (And please, no spec wars. It performs nicely)

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:37 4

10. cR203 (Posts: 204; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)

I just recently traded my galaxy mega for octa core note 3 variant. As a college student I use my s pen daily. Even on my note 2 and 1 I used the s pen pretty often. I like the s pen and the features surrounding it.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:42 3

11. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

I miss having a stylus. I used to use the one on my HTC Freeze, I meant Fuze. Honestly, if HTC re-released the Fuze with a larger screen, and running android; I would buy it again. I don't care that it was thick. It felt awesome in my hand.

I didn't vote since I do not have the Note 3, but if I had one, I would probably use it. By the way, seriously, I miss my Fuze. haha

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:44 1

12. KingDingaLing (Posts: 324; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

I rarely use it myself. I do a little photo editing and what not. But to be completely honest, I think i know about 10% of what the pen is actually capable of doing. I should probably do more research on youtube or something. This phone has a ton of features and capabilities and I think I hardly scratch the surface of what it can do.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:54

14. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

I think that speaks volumes about the note3 an its owners.
They feel satisfied enough using the note without it, but as an option.
I'd probably be the same, leaving it docked most of the time unless I was sitting at a desk,
Options, can be good, or bad, but even from my perspective, this seems like a good one for the Note.

N5 user.

posted on 09 Mar 2014, 07:32

62. ECPirate37 (Posts: 220; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)

I haven't looked up for the note 3, but usually there are videos or articles for "Top tricks for _____ (insert phone)" And it won't tell you everything, but it will tell you like 5-7 things that you might not know your phone does.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:59 1

15. antonioli (Posts: 200; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)

Does anyone use it? Ok, 5.7" is amazing, but to use a pen?

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 10:17 5

16. CHEFJEFF (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Sep 2009)

I had a Note2 but never used the stylus, just wanted a big ass phone.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 10:19 1

17. isprobi (Posts: 696; Member since: 30 May 2011)

My wife and I both have Note 1 and both of us rarely (a few times in a year( use the pen. Which is why I just updated to a Sony Xperia Z Ultra instead of a Note 3.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 14:18

39. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

The Stylus in the Note 1 "can't be compared with the Note 3's Stylus"! O.o

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 10:23 3

19. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Wow... This is actually a little sad. Here you have this awesome productivity tool that is pretty much the defining part of the Note line, and it is neglected. I think it's the line between people looking for a productivity/business tool, and looking for a fun toy.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 10:57

22. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

And that's exactly why it's dumb that people put the 1520 down for not having a stylus... Most of these phablets are purchased by the average consumer who uses them for media consumption,, not productivity.. It's really no big deal, and I'd rather have my 4hhac mics then a stylus... Nevertheless, it's cool that Samsung offers their Phablet with a pen... I really think that companies should offer at least two phablets.. One that focuses on media consumption, and one for productivity.. After all, who wants to pay for features that they don't use.....
In other words, we shouldn't be closed minded, and strictly defining a phablet as a productivity device...

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 11:29 1

25. jellmoo (Posts: 2035; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Oh absolutely, there are different audiences for devices. I would be all over a 1520 if it had a stylus (and similar software perks like the S Pen), but that's because I'm looking for a productivity device. If somebody is looking for more of a consumption/fun device, then more power to them.

For the Note 3 in particular though, the S Pen is amazing and I feel a little sad that it doesn't get the love.

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