Poll: How often do you use the S Pen stylus of your Galaxy Note 4 or Note Edge?


In the days before the multi-touch display, styluses were a big deal when talking smartphones. Not only were they more reliable on tiny screens that often rendered poorly optimized interfaces, but they honestly just felt cool to use. However, as soon as more robust touchscreen tech became available, and the likes of Apple brought it to the forefront of consumers' minds, styluses were dropped from just about every manufacturer's list of 'must-have' features.

Until Samsung said otherwise, that is. Indeed, starting with the original Galaxy Note, and surviving until this day, one of the most distinctive features of the phablet family have been their dedicated S Pen styluses. Samsung has carried out a number of optimizations since, and we're curious to see if it'll introduce another round of improvements to its tech with the Galaxy Note 5 come September. But it's not just Samsung improving upon the experience — a whole slew of apps nowadays offer specialized support for styluses.

Despite all of this, it isn't uncommon for us to hear people claiming that they never bother taking the stylus out of its socket, or if they do — it's only to scribble a quick note here or there. At the same time, there's a seemingly smaller, but very vocal group of S Pen-loving users that say that the stylus is of paramount importance to their interaction with the phablet. 

Which group are you in?

How often do you use the S Pen stylus of your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Note Edge? (2015)

Using it all the time now for drawing, handwriting, clipping, annotating, or simply doodling
22.35%
I take it out sometimes, like to scribble a quick note, or start a Pen Window
46.71%
The stylus? Oh, yeah, I showed it off, and it's been grounded since
30.94%

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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30 Comments

1. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I use mine here and there.. question.. I'm back on. 4.4.4 because when I updated to 5.0.1 my son pen won't work.. did factory reset and everything.. rooted. . Anyone know why it won't work? Is that the kernel thatshe the issues?

18. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

All the time. Can't imagine I can switch to any other phone after using Note series.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Works OK on mine with 5.0.1, Verizon.

28. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

You rooted or stock? I think I need to reset my internal too..

2. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Note 4 here with 5.0.1. I use my pen a lot actually, I use it to doodle up and sketch something that came to my mind. Taking notes in my job for design changes, to do some website wireframes and always while im having lunch and dont wanna get the screen dirty! Can't wait to see the future of the S-Pen..

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

only when i feel like drawing something cuz that's what it's for... truth is i dont need it for anything else

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The stylus really is targeted to a more minority demographic, usually in the business world, designers or specific people that need to be highly structured in what it is they do in their routine. With that said, I find highlighting text and copying to be a Godsend with the S-Pen. For most of the people, the Note 4 is just a really good phone for other reasons than the stylus.

10. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Yep, I do website wireframes with it :p

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I like to scribble my grocery list on my Note 3.

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I don't have a Note 4, but if I did have a digitizer stylus for my phablet, I can guarantee you, I'll be using it EVERYDAY (with OneNote), just like I currently do with my Surface Pro 2. I use my Surface Pro 2 at work as literally my logbook; keeping track of work order numbers and activities.

7. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

unlike note 3 every time i use internet i use it hand writing is more than awesome but i like to see it developing more than that although note 3 has the same features of note4's s pen but its some kinda heavy in use i requires to press had on the screen thats why not many ppl use it unlike note 4 which is perfect if u have the s pen of note 4 u can go back to any other flagship without s pen.

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, it's like same poll for 3rd time (Note 2 & 3 in the past). Good job PA

9. waddup121 unregistered

barely

11. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

I use it everyday. Just not for my phone. The inventory scanners we use at work are old converted Motorolas. The screen is ridiculously small and it's a resistive touch screen. It's a pain to use my finger so I use the stylus from my Note Edge. Every once in a while I use it on my phone.

12. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Im an artist so Note is the best phone I could ever have..

13. SitiNurbaya0

Posts: 153; Member since: May 22, 2015

I use the stylus almost every day. I love Galaxy Note

14. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

In my case, I don't use the stylus that much... But it's better to have THAT option. O.o

15. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I use it almost every day, i don't take that much note's, but i love to use it to scroll trough the OS :)

16. LanceDavis

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

I do not operate my note 3 without the stylus! I use the floating keyboard with swype. I just think it is so funny seeing people who have this phone still finger pecking! I am on my second tip in 1 year. The stylus is so much skinnier than your finger. Try it! I use it so much it has a slight curve and I realized that the home button is weird to push with the stylus. That tells me even Samsung dissent think it will be used this much.

17. LanceDavis

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 16, 2012

* doesn't!

19. Cyberchum

Posts: 1066; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I can't really imagine myself buy a Note 4 and not use the S Pen. It's virtually it's selling point as there are other phablets out there that is about par with it in power.

20. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

I don't phacking use it at all 'coz I don't phacking own it xD

21. MEeee

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Love my Note Edge. I will never go back to the flat phones nor phones without a stylus.

25. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

how is the high end game on Note edge?

22. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

all the time to be honest i really cant use a device without the s-pen as my daily phone s-pen is the best thing samsung created in the last 4 years imo

23. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

On Note 8.0 - all the time. :D well what would you expect from hobbyist artist. :d it is so addictive sometimes!

26. boredhousewife1

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Yes, I use my S pen frequently. Brilliant if I'm in a meeting and there's a white board up..I can snap a pic & annotate afterwards with the S pen. Grab someone's email address by just handing them the Note 4 and the S pen, same with phone numbers ect. I'm sure that there are million other things that it can do that I haven't used yet. Oh, yes..if I'm on a call and need to take notes whilst talking I take a note & the next time I call that number the Note that I took the last time appears....Brilliant! I'm running 5.0.1 on the international version (U.K). I've had no problems at all with anything.

27. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I miss my SPen. I was using it roughly 10 times per day. Now that I have the S6 Edge, I am constantly ready foe my pen when I want to not something down and now I cant.

29. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Once you have it, even if you use the S Pen occasionally, you'll just need to get the next Note and nothing else. I just hope the Note 5 has still a removable battery and micro SD slot. It doesn't make sense if they're not there.

31. kreemer

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

All the time. For everything. I operate the phone with it too. The first thing I do is remove the pen. It powers everything I do with the Note except, perhaps, take photos.

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