What do you need a stylus for? Here are 6 cool things you can do with the Note 5's S Pen!


Samsung's Note series have been a beloved handset of smartphone fans for quite a while now. It is, after all, the one that started the "bigger screens!" trend so many years ago, and its contemporary members continue to be regarded as being among the best phablets one can buy. Why? A cutting edge hardware package, together with a super-sharp and beautifully colorful Super AMOLED display, of course.

The Notes have always had another feature, which is pretty much unique for Samsung smartphones, but it often goes unused. We are talking about the S Pen, of course. Sammy poured a lot into R&D for the proprietary stylus, which is exclusive to the Galaxy Note series, and enhances it ever so slightly year after year. "What would you need a stylus for, anyway?" a lot of people ask – even many of the ones who own a Galaxy Note smartphones.

So, here are 6 cool things we can do with the Note 5's stylus (most apply to Note 4 / Note Edge, too!) — these may inspire you to give the S Pen in your smartphone another chance, or may inform you on what it does if you've never had a chance to play with one.

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)

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44 Comments

1. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

s-pen is must have for me and a tool every phablet should have

7. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I don't use it all the time, but when you need you need it.

43. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

When apple makes one it will be revolutionary lol Seriously s pen is the only thing thats stands out from all the bulls**t gimmick features.

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

If you write in the stock text message app it converts it to text. I thought that was kind of cool. You can also use it to hover and read more of emails and see contents of a folder in the gallery. Those are 2 of my favorite things. Along with scrolling screen shot.

3. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

In aaddition to all these, the s-pen can save you from wiping the screen clean all the time

31. discharge unregistered

Exactly s pen is a must handy tool for note 5

4. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

The note series has so much potential. Let's hope Samsung keeps it up to our expectations.

8. Gadgety

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Gee, Paul K, Phonearena you forgot "draw." I used my Note to draw for a University design course, rather than first draw, then photograph and hand in. There are drawing apps with all the pens I could ever dream of, and they are with you everywhere you go. The kids love it, too. In addition the S-pen keeps the screen free of fingerprints and grease.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best phone ever made, bar none. Apple needs to buy one of these for each engineer, and make them focus on it, while building the iPhone 7 plus. Pay Samsungs price, and copy the s-pen Apple.

11. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

I think they already did, and made it better, according to all these reviews of Apple Pencil being the most natural / lowest latency. Heck, even the iPad pro's screen has micro "ridges" or "bumps" in the screen to feel so realistic like you are writing on paper. Hopefully this lands on the iPhone 7 and doesnt stay exclusive to the iPad Pro like you stated.

12. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And how much does the Apple Pencil cost?

13. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

'the hatred resides strong from this one inside' -Y

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Dont worry he will buy since he own some Apple's investments, lol. http://i.imgur.com/gxFZled.png P.S. Maherk, the guy behind 8ozchickenbreast is Sauce5. Did you also noticed that the guy called "Well-Manicured-Man" (also Sauce5) disappeared after me exposing him?

16. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You can easily spot them these days, they think they are playing it smart by switching accounts, but they are only fooling themselves.

18. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Totally agree there. Just making themselves looking more and more moronic by every post and I just chuckle at them when they try gain some credibility, its hilarious.

21. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

You "just chuckle" lmao? You are the ones people chuckle at. Keep doing your insane CIA-style investigations, since you have nothing better to do in your spare time haha. And by the way, my friends think you're hiliarious as well

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"And by the way, my friends think you're hiliarious as well" You sure? Didnt you mean your other accounts?

20. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Do you call everyone Sauce5? Do you get off by "exposing" people on a site where no one cares about somebody at all minus yourself? You are hiliarious. Get something accomplished in life.

23. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"Do you call everyone Sauce5?" Nope just you. "Do you get off by "exposing" people on a site where no one cares about somebody at all minus yourself?" Clearly you care+other people. "You are hiliarious. Get something accomplished in life." Great advice coming from a guy who owned more than 5 accounts on PA solely. You are doing a great job, Ratchet.

37. discharge unregistered

That ordinary troll is everywhere can't miss that Indian head, scalp it!! Like the Wild West days

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Lets not forget that Apple Pencil is limited to iPad Pro only, costs 100$ and unpleasant to hold. Btw did I mention that it costs 100$?

22. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

No need to get mad because the Spen can't compete with Wacom, according to the people over at Disney using the apple pencil.

25. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

32. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Pencil has palm recog/rejec. Also doesn't mention some other few things that are praised about the pencil. Anyway. I'll go buy a Note 5 so I can get my SPen stuck inside. Also unfollowing, you are boring me.

33. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"Anyway. I'll go buy a Note 5 so I can get my SPen stuck inside." That probably won't be the only thing that you will get it stuck.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30964; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't speak on it till I try it, but I use the s-pen on the regular, and it's tops. I give credit where it's due, and Samsung has the best overall lineup out there with the Galaxy S/Note/Edge.

38. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Being required to charge it every now and then is pretty much a deal breaker for me, after being used with samsung's no battery styluses.

28. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Best phablet perhaps, best phone that's debatable

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There are lots of ways to define best. But here is a fact for you. Best can be subjective, but even if you don't think it's best, there the definition that isn't subjective. It has the best display, it is one of the most color accurate, it's the most efficient, it has the bestvdesign, it has the most and beat features of any smartphone period. For those nonsubjextive reasons and more like fast charging, wireless fast charging, spen, splitscreen, best one handed mode,Knox and more...it's is the best phone based on the non-subjective definition of best. You can debate all you want. But facts is, there are things that are better because they are no matter what you think personally.

41. chenski

Posts: 759; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

If it really is the best, what's the point of other phones? People should just all buy the same 'best' phone right? That's obviously not the case. You mentioned yourself that best is subjective, so you cannot really objectively define it

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