Inserting your S Pen the wrong way could permanently destroy your Samsung Galaxy Note5

Before the Samsung Galaxy Note5, previous Note models were designed to prevent you from inserting the S Pen the wrong way with the top of the Pen going into its housing first. But with the Galaxy Note5, Samsung created a spring-based method to help users eject the pen out of the phablet. And with this new technology, Samsung disabled the safety mechanism that prevented the S Pen from being inserted backwards...
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113 Comments

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The funniest thing is that if you are pushing the pen with your thumb, that writing tip is poking your finger. 1% side vision and 1% feel in your thumb should honestly prevent this from ever happening, even when you are brain dead. Lol

31. EngleBertZombie

Posts: 36; Member since: May 22, 2015

i guess to have one feature you have to sacrifice another.

32. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

To Alan F, Your article states that doing this could damage the phone. Have there actually been any reports of people already wrecking their phones this way?

60. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, there have.

33. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Sammyy come ooon

34. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

I just did it, inserted wrong way and after terrifying moment i managed to get it out without damaging the mechanism and find a permanent solution for the problem. if don't want to get into this situation just trim both left and right sides of the S pen and voila problem solved.

35. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It can happen at night

36. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very true! Especially as part of the upper part of the pen could be mistaken to be the lower part.

43. Shocky unregistered

I can't believe they overlooked this. Only takes one mistake in the dark. after a few drinks, maybe a friend trying it out or even children using it briefly and it's ruined.

44. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Your kid saw you doodling something and asks you: ''Daddy/Mommy can I borrow that thing''? Next thing you know the S-Pen is already kaput

54. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

That's the first thing that came to my mind.

45. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

I've read this so many times on the net, and imo, is there even a need to address this? Who in their right mind would insert it incorrectly anyways? >.>

47. Shocky unregistered

Nobody would knowingly do this but if it can happen it will, people make mistakes I'm a Samsung fan but this is a design flaw and can't really be defended

48. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Yeah bobby the only way in for you is up the rear where the sun don't shine!!!!

49. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Who does this?

56. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

exactly.....excusing kids which person with any sense, who actually owns a Note5 cant differentiate between the pointy plastic tip and the squared metal base? This isn't even like the previous S-pen were the whole stylus was squared off. This is like saying slamming your phone on the ground on its face may crack the screen.

65. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post, and a great analogy lol. +1

66. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. Kids 2. Friends of note 5 owner who have no idea how or what 3. The owners them selves when they aren't paying attention(happens to everyone) .Can happen to anyone as we humans some times can do the stupidest of mistakes. Unless you are a perfect alien this includes you too.

67. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its not the same as accidentally dropping your phone on the ground as that included every single phone on the planet. This issue is just for note 5. Making it even more of a prone to fail phone. Its just one more thing to worry about. I wouldn't dare to give note 5 to a friend/kids who is/are clueless and might actually break it this way.

100. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

the more alcohol you drink, the more likely it is to break. and combined with sleep deprivation and multitasking (talking and writing) would result in insta-death for your poor innocent note 5.

50. slatt01

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 25, 2015

never happen to a european user, we arent getting the note 5.

51. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Only idiot will insert the pen reverse order. Unless it is a kids that play with and not suppose give phone to kids.

57. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

People are saying the flaw is with the ease in which you can break it. Heres an example of putting gasoline into a diesel car. If I'm putting gas into my car and I'm not really paying attention to which button to push for the correct gas and I end up putting the wrong gas into my car and the car doesn't run anymore. Is that the fault of the gas pump machine because it was so easy for me to put the wrong gas? Can I call the car manufacturer and say I made a mistake and put the wrong gas into my car and ask for free repairs or replacements? Of course not because it was my mistake that I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.

58. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

#PenGate

59. h4ck3d

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Do you know that if you drop 90% of the phones on the water, it will permanently damage the phone? OMG MAJOR FLAW!!! O____O

62. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Don't worry Android lovers, a software update will solve the problem.

69. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Seems Samsung removing more than adding all good features. I dont understand why would they change something that works well. This will not be good for those with kids.

70. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Shouldn't be a problem unless small toddler gets a hold of phone.

76. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Since Android lovers are not so smart this will be a real problem. Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!

92. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Actually, since Android users tend to do some research before purchasing a product, this could be yet another reason for this Samsung model to not sell well.
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