Samsung subtly reminds Apple that its Galaxy Notes had stylus pens way before the iPad Pro

Samsung subtly reminds Apple that its Galaxy Notes had stylus pens way before the iPad Pro
Apple today unveiled a new product that, many years ago, Steve Jobs saw as being useless: a digital stylus pen.

Called Apple Pencil, the stylus is made for the iPad Pro, which was announced mere hours ago as Apple's largest tablet ever (sporting a 12.9-inch display with 2732 x 2048 pixels).

Of course, stylus pens are nothing new, though we'll all have to agree that, in the last several years, Samsung was the company that made them quite popular by selling tens of millions of Galaxy Notes around the world. Samsung even has a Galaxy Note tablet that's somewhat similar to the Apple iPad Pro: the Galaxy NotePro 12.2, which features a 2560 x 1600 pixels display (plus, of course, an S Pen stylus).

Earlier today, immediately after Apple announced the Pencil, Samsung took to Twitter to subtly remind the Cupertino company (and the world) that its S Pens have been available for quite some time, by tweeting: "Ummm… S-Pen #SoundsFamiliar." Sure enough, there are significant differences between Samsung's S Pen styluses and the Apple Pencil, including the fact that Samsung's pens come nestled inside Galaxy Notes by default, while the Apple Pencil needs to be purchased separately for $99. Ultimately, though, both the Samsung S Pen stylus and the Apple Pencil serve the same purpose: allowing users to get more work done faster, and/or to be creative.

What do you think of the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro thus far?


source: Samsung Mobile UK (Twitter)

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52 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Trololololol

3. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 643; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

But it is not an iPad! Sorry Samsung.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I know, it's a good thing :-)

13. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The iPad is hands down the best mobile tablet on the market.

41. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

My Surface Pro and I beg to differ

44. ericnichols1999

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

I'd take any Surface Pro over any iPad

47. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

iPad Air 2 is the best tablet but iPad Pro is not mainstream. It will start strong for maybe a week or 2 then die off. It's already tough for people to justify a tablet and this one even more so. At that price the pen should have been included and built into the tablet. The pen is optional at this point.

36. datphoneguy

Posts: 155; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Thank GOD it's not an iPad!

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My Note Pro 12.2 screen is the best way to view comic. No need to strain the eye to read those comic dialogue boxes. I am also interested in iPad Pro too! Just that its cost too much compare to the iPad Mini 4. Wonder whether the mini 4 has 2GB RAM?

14. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Pencil doesn't even come closer to what S pen can do. But iFans said they will never use a stylus or pen. WTF is this then? A magical wand? hahaha

18. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

How does it not come close to what an S pen can do? Also, it isn't about who does it first. It's about who does it best. I can guarantee you the pencil will outperform the s pen. Perhaps not the surface pen, but it will kill the s pen.

26. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

hahahaha I know you are disappointed and crying from inside with today's keynote. But hey enjoy your 750p display along with 1gig of RAM in 2015.

29. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

That 750p along with 1gig of RAM still lags less than the best Android flagship. So, keep laughing you fool.

32. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Lol no s**t a 750p display will be faster than a higher resolution screen.

31. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 643; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I am sorry that Apple has broken your heart AnTuTu. Every comment you make screams because of pain. You know that Apple has delivered and that Samsung does not stand a chance against the latest Apple products.

33. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

How has Apple delivered? It's the same old same old. Sure the iPad Pro is bigger... The iPhone 6s & 6s Plus are the same with a 12MP camera... Still nothing ground breaking... 3D Touch seems cool but more of a gimmick. Just like Siri, I think no one will use it.

34. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 643; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

No one expected Apple to revolutionize something. This event was about making Apple's devices better and to maintain the industry leader position. Apple has achieved that.

38. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I disagree. Samsung makes a better device from head to toe. I mean for example the cameras are better both front & back. Also they have the best displays money can buy. I mean I can keep on going... Let's not mention that without Samsung's 14nm process how could the new A9 & A9X be made? Apple has more of the same old same old... Revolutionize... That's going too far.

28. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL how ?! Did you even watch the presentation ?! Their 'pencil' only works for drawing and that's about it ! For that too you need to charge it lol S-pen is more of a stylus which works throughout the OS ! How can you guarantee something which even hasn't been released or tested yet ?! You're suffering from fanboy syndrome.......smh

37. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3086; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The S pen doesn't need to be recharged. How the Pencil can ''outperform'' that ?

39. OrangeJoe

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

How is the Apple Pencil that you need to purchase separately, carry separately, with battery that needs to be charged, with pressure sensitivity similar to that of the S-Pen any better? Samsung even got the Pencil beat with their other S-pen accessory for the Note, compatible with the new and old models, better ergonomics, it even has an eraser on the other end, no batteries required, at half the price.

50. Invertex

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

1. Pencil requires charging, S-Pen does not. 2. S-Pen has Tilt AND rotation (twist) sensing. 3. S-Pen has 2048 pressure levels, it's unlikely the Pencil has this, since it's not using a digitizer method. But we'll see. At best it will match that many levels. 4. S-Pen has deep integration with the whole OS and easy access from Android apps. The features it can do are a hell of a lot more than what Apple has shown off.

25. ViewFromTheTop

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

They also said the original Galaxy Note (with a 5.3-inch screen) was a toast, remember? And 1080p was apparently a gimmick. Suddenly the 5.5-inch 1080p 6 Plus is the best thing ever! Some people just have that foot in mouth disease. Stop blaming them, for they know not any better. Ignorence is bliss.

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's expressed wonderfully. +1

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2251; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

doesn't come close to ipad PRO.....and that's a fact.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Agreed ! Tab S far exceeds Ipad Pro. That gorgeous Amoled display and a S-pen which is not only used for drawing but also could be used throughout the OS is a way better implementation then iPad's pencil implementation which needs charging every so often. That being said iPad Pro's SoC is way powerful then Samsung's (it seems) as Samsung stupidly decided to put Note 4's chip in Tab S :/

15. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Then you woke up

24. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

??...

17. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

bruh, Tab S has no S-Pen. Gotta wait until Samsung releases new Note tablets, because latest ones were Note 10.1/12.2 2014

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

too bad the S-Pen will fall short of the Apple Pencil

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