How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?

How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?
Samsung truly breathed a second life in the venerable stylus 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 the original iPhone.

The Galaxy Note and especially the Note II resurrected the stylus, showing that it can indeed contribute to the finger touch input in a meaningful way, with the numerous adjacent apps like S Note and functions like Air View that made it add value to your smartphone experience, as in that awesome digital painting video.

Now that the Note II has been out for a while, and with the Note customers having more than a year of feedback, we wanted to ask the Note/Note II owners 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 second life of the stylus.

How often do you use the stylus in your Samsung Galaxy Note/Note II?

I use it all the time for quick notes, sketches, editing, etc.
31.55%
I whip it out every now and then
45.99%
Stylus? What stylus?
22.47%

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GALAXY Note II
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(16h 3G talk time)
GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)

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56 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Never used it cause i don't have one :P

4. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Lol same 4 me!! There should have been an option- "I don't have Note smartphone"

40. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Or maybe don't vote if you dont own it. DURRRR

45. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

everybody has the right to vote

55. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

I voted and I don't even have the freakin' phone!!

44. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

"Now that the Note II has been out for a while, and with the Note customers having more than a year of feedback, we wanted to ask the Note/Note II OWNERS whether the stylus is indeed an indispensable everyday tool." Actually, there should have been an option that said "I didn't read the article and now I'm going to complain there wasn't an option in the poll that wasn't directed at me to begin with" since you seem to have been one of those people.

51. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Yeah right..I didn't read the article. It was my mistake.. !

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am REALLY enjoying the HTC Droid DNA right now. It's the best smartphone around. I am definitely going to jump on the Samsung Galaxy Note III when it comes out next year. 6.3" 1080p Super AMOLED RGB HD screen will just be EPIC. Also how about 4GB of RAM on that beast! Let the rumors fly! This time next year I will be using a stylus for sure! lol

17. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Anything above 6 inch is not a phone anymore. I would say the note 3 should be between 5.8 to 6 inch max depending on the bezel and how sammy can adjust the size of this monster phablet that I love. 4GB ram is welocme but I would say more likely the note 3 will have 3GB ram.

26. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

I agree, though, it would be great to have a voice radio on a 7"+ tablet!!

29. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

So you like the DNA?? I was wondering if Verizon customers would buy it or not. I dont have Verizon, but I was wondering if the bettery life on the DNA would be a downside to it?? I dont know what it is about HTC, but they dont supply their phones with sufficient battery life for their phones. I have the Inspire from AT&T and I have to keep a charger cord with me at ALL TIMES lol. Youd think after the lackluster battery issues HTC had with the Inspire (AT&T) and the Thunderbolt (Verizon) that they wouldve learned their lesson by now

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The HTC Droid DNA is the first phone with great battery life from HTC’s camp. The 1080p SLCD-3 HD screen with the quad-core Qualcomm Krait S4 Pro is VERY, VERY good with battery life. I can get over 3 hours of screen on time & almost 2 days 16 hours on a single charge. That is Wi-Fi at night & 4G from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. That is with regular calls, texting & web browsing. Now if I watch let’s say 3 Walking Dead episodes back to back & play 1 hour of Temple Run my phone will last 22 hours on a single charge, streaming HD content is WAY more taxing than just straight web browsing. To me that is GREAT & it's WAY better than I was getting on my rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The HTC Droid DNA is the best smartphone around right now. The BEST phablet around is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. To ME the 2 best Android devices in the world right now are the HTC Droid DNA/J Butterfly & the Samsung Galaxy Note II undisputedly.

39. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

i agree with what you said about the Note II and im glad that you responded about the DNA because, again, I havent heard any reviews about it from Verizon customers yet. I stand corrected about the DNA and im glad that you said what you said. I guess the quad-core processor on the DNA makes a difference! I still like the Note II, but Id consider the DNA if there was an AT&T variant

50. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I was saying hey to this sexy lady while holding my Note 2 and said she liked my gangnum stylus. Woop... woop... woop.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I would love an stilus on a 7" note honestly for a guy with a laptop my Nexus 7 is what I use most of the time

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

For me, the ability to preview the content of e-mails by hovering the stylus over the e-mail makes the cost of the Note II worth every penny. I don't use the stylus every time I use the Note II, but when I am checking e-mail, the stylus is out before I open the e-mail app.

3. wendygarett unregistered

I'm not really sure what stylus really means, but one thing I know is that this feature is the first and revolutionary exclusive made only for galaxy note :)

6. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Please tell me this guy is joking?

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

i seriously refrained from saying something this time.... its a bit embarrassing to say the least :(

24. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

A stylus is like that little thing you use as a rectal thermometer except, the one on the Galaxy Note II is removable whereas, yours' is permanently stuck in. Besides that, my Galaxy Note II's stylus has special powers; I even used it to create my new AvAtAr ☆

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Show off :P

5. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

i like nokia's new screen made with synaptics' new technology...........that's the right way to go....who wants a stylus?

7. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

It does allow for a level of accuracy that cannot come from a finger. For drawing etc

13. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

but that's a very rare occasion........and you can also get the same amount of accuracy on the nokia's new screen, with a car key or stuff like that....you don't need a smart stylus, all you need is something sharp

19. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

There's over 1000 levels of pressure sensitivity when using the S-Pen on the GALAXY Note II, and you get 1 on every other phone except for the ones that use a wacom stylus. Using a key still gives you 1 level of pressure sensitivity.

20. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

*Wacom Digitizer

21. akishakoi

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

do you really actually believe that? 1000 levels of pressure??? come on! our fingers can only even do three (soft. medium, and hard). lols

47. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

that's more than enough for any app in the play store and the user experience should be improved by improving the screen, not the stylus i have used that on my note and its nothing when compared to the accuracy that we get when we write on the paper with a pen i can say that having a pen is the worst thing about the note......get the latest smart stylus and try it on you own, you will never say that again

31. voxmarc

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

yeah use a knife to draw on a busy subway with your boring lumia.

33. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...and scare the s**t out of muggers no??

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