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.

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
I take it out sometimes, like to scribble a quick note, or start a Pen Window
The stylus? Oh, yeah, I showed it off, and it's been grounded since

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)




Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

i don't have Note 3 :-P

2. Finest

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 16, 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 :)

48. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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

49. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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

66. charizzardd

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 24, 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.

3. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

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

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012


13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

LOLOL I'm one of those :D

28. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

32. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nice choice actually.

18. jcdz89

Posts: 78; Member since: Mar 01, 2013

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

30. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 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.

4. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

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

40. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

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

5. MetroPhase

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

haha I have to grab popcorn and Twizzlers for this one

7. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

8. N3Z1droid

Posts: 89; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

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

9. williamdroid

Posts: 125; Member since: Jan 19, 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)

10. cR203

Posts: 209; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

11. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 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

12. KingDingaLing

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 11, 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.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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, Idk. Options, can be good, or bad, but even from my perspective, this seems like a good one for the Note. N5 user.

62. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 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.

15. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

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


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

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

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 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.

39. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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...

25. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 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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