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 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2
    Samsung TouchWiz UI
GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3 inches
    1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2

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56 Comments

56. Rockytop

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I have recently purchased Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & I love the phone & I've used the Stylus twice just to checkout the air command applications on my phone. As of now I probably won't use it. But have to say if I was a big user of it & had it out & was fixing to leave & leave my stylus behind I like the fact the phone recognizes your leaving it behind & it sets alarm off to let you know your leaving it behind. Wish I could somehow put this on my car keys since I some morning spend anywhere from 3-5 min. Looking for my keys. So far only thing I found I can do with the stylus is to draw on pictures that can be fun to play with.

53. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I often use the stylus to scratch my back and sometimes to clean my ears.

54. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Lol no was just joking dont own that device.

52. jsrihari

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

I love the stylus. The greatest thing about it is that i can use the phone outside in the freezing cold and still wear gloves and navigate the phone. Swype texting with the stylus is super fast and accurate. Love my galaxy note 2. Only problem is that sometimes the phone does not detect that the pen is missing when i walk away with the phone. This should be fixed.

49. 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. Yup that just happened.

48. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Stylus does come in handy on occasion, but honestly I rarely pull it out doing the usual routines with my phone (Making calls, web surfing, twitting, etc.)

43. erdpov

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

I like S-pen on my galaxy note 10.1. I use it to write lectures, sometimes to surf internet, to select some areas of text or screen parts.

37. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I don't have a note 2 but I surely would've liked to use it infront of ifans.

42. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Then why in the phuck are you commenting on the device if you don't own it? Doesn't that make you look like the phandroid? If you don't own a particular device then why comment about it? I have the ATT version. Its pretty fn sweet. Iphoney users put their little kids toy away when the Note 2 is around. The S-Pen is pretty fun to use. I use it with Sketchbook Mobile, Angry Birds, Notes, etc. I use it to compose emails, etc. The Ink Effect when unlocking with your S-Pen is a nifty little feature. I use Chrome only on my device, its blazing fast even at 4g lte speeds. I had the Infuse 4g before and never got 4g ever. So this is amazing. Just wondering WHY the US carriers disabled Multi-View on their devices. Seems likes its a Samsung thing and should have been included OTB. But on ATT ill see it by the time the Note 3 comes out. I appreciate the want to use in front of ifans, but really unless you own one or have used one, please, comment on something you know something about.

36. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

I don't have a note 2 but I surely would've liked to use it infront of ifans.

41. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

They just make fun of you for your phone being too big.

32. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

i hate fingerprint and smudges on my screen so...yeah i used it every time and i love it.

28. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

Never use it. Im just in it for the huge screen. If the 6.3 inch rumor is true ill get that too. Still wont use a stylus.

23. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I use it the odd time,I use it a lot more often on the note 10.1 though

22. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

For those of you who are voting and have never used the note/note 2 Shut up! I have the note 2 and use the s-pen pretty much every day. It is awesome.

25. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Exactly. Why do trolls comment on something they don't use/own? I mean you morons make yourself look like idiots that have nothing better to do. I actually have AT&Ts version of the Note 2. I use my S-Pen all the time, Its easy to use with Swype while typing a text.., Angry Birds, Sketchbook Mobile, etc. I don't own the iphoney or DNA and I'm not commenting on those. So STFU

18. OHaZZaR

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 19, 2011

I use it a lot, Swype with a stylus, is just a whole new way of typing. I use it about 80% of the time, the rest I use offline voice dictation. I've never typed on my keyboard since.

16. AamirSIII

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

i have Note 10.1 and i use it quite often especially while browsing the internet cause its Hover feature allows me to drop down the menus in websites very easily!but i dont know how to draw good so i dont draw with it... sad :( Love my Note 10.1!

15. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

This survey is not accurate when combined both galaxy note and galaxy note 2 owners and this is why. While I used to own a galaxy note 1, I would answer to this as I whip it out every now and then Now I own galaxy note 2 and my answer is I use it all the time for quick notes, sketches, editing, etc. So combining both note1 and note 2 owners in one survey will have a big margin error depending on who is the real user the note 1 or note 2. Unreliable survey.

34. SleepingOz unregistered

Not to mention that there's a lot of trolls who don't even own a GNOTE voting.

12. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I never use it on my Note

11. aveese

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

i use it more because my fingers are big and sometimes it blocks my view ahaha

10. x88yunkw

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

I asked all my friends who using note and note 2, and the answer is the most is about 10%.

8. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I use it all the time. Also there's many people here voting even though they don't even have a Note 2 so in the end, the result of this poll won't mean anything.

38. LordDavon

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I agree. I use the stylus all the time, if just to see the tool-tips for most of my apps. But, I use it for notes, doodling, and when I don't want to touch the screen with sticky fingers. As for the poll, at least it brought up the topic. Yet, I wonder how many DNA owners are clicking the last option.

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

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