Would you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 without S Pen?

Would you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 without S Pen?
In an article posted last week on one of its official blogs, Samsung stated that the S Pen stylus is what sets its Galaxy Note 4 apart from all the other handsets available today. 

Sure enough, the new Note offers plenty of advanced features besides the S Pen, including a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixels and accurate colors, a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor (or octa-core Exynos 5433, in some markets), and a 16 MP rear camera with OIS. But nice displays, speedy processors, and great cameras can be found in most other flagship devices on the market. When it comes to styluses, though, no other company can match Samsung’s S Pen, which has a whole ecosystem built around it.

This being said, we’re curious to know if you’d consider buying a Galaxy Note 4 that had no S Pen at all (let’s say that, in a parallel universe, Samsung simply didn’t see this as a feature that’s worth investing in). Without the S Pen, what would the Galaxy Note 4 be? A giant Galaxy Alpha? Probably something like that. Which wouldn’t be terribly bad, of course, but not terribly great, either.

Cast your votes in the poll below, and (if you haven’t done it already) check out our Galaxy Note 4 review to find out more about Samsung’s latest high-end Android device.

Would you buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 that had no S Pen?

No, probably not

reference: Samsung Tomorrow

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)



1. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Where's the option for no I would not buy a Galaxy Note at all?

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Perhaps you didn't get the point of the article.

17. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

No, I got the point of the article. I just wanted to get that comment out of way because someone would have made it. And truthfuly no I would not buy a Galaxy Note, not because of the S-pen but because I cant stand Touchwiz and I already have a tablet.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Yeah, I think Note 4 has great features, that (dare I say) overpower the handicap that is Touchwiz... The camera is great, the s-pen is really cool specially for someone who draws/edits on his iPad more than on paper. My vote is "NO without an S-Pen"... It's probably the best only feature worth overlooking Touchwiz with...

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7364; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wouldn't mind getting the Note edge.

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I like the great multi tasking and spen features, may be note 4 without spen will not be attractive to me

55. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Probably that will be the new mega or something. But the curent Note 4 without the pen: for sure for the right price!... and then you get an s-pen from a third party vendor or even the original one ;) it's only $12 on dx.com ;)

33. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think it's already a no for not clicking on neither options


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

True, my brother from another planet. I just switched to the HTC One Max because: 1. TouchWiz has become intrusive. 2. Samsung has watered-down it's stock Internet browser; it's more of a WAP browser (much like on an iPhone). They probably did it with the KitKat upgrades to fudge the everso important speed tests. 3. Galaxy Note 4 is a fail at just 5.7" even with the improved hardware; it should have been 6.0". 4. Hate the fact that Samsung is trying so hard to push their proprietary apps', i.e., Samsung Mobile Account, Samsung App Store (or whatever it's called), etc. 5. Got sick of hitting the "Home" button on my Note 3 and getting that Magazine Subscription App (or wtf it was) to launch instead of ACTUALLY going to my home screen (hey, there's a novel idea - "Home" button = Home Screen!!)

44. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hope "your brother" enjoys the HTC One Max useless brick. By the way: TouchWiz IS THE BEST THING THAT HAPPEN TO ANDROID. And Samsung is the main reason for the Android popularity. Millions upon millions love TW and the apples propaganda and few android freaks, WILL NOT CHANGE THE TRUTH


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Samsung is becoming another Apple; you are nothing but a tool. "Millions upon millions" don't know any better.

46. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

the htc one max differs from htc one (m8/7) in what? Or just it's a big bulky and brick htc one?

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I have the a note 3. It only goes away from the home is you hold it or hit it twice. Yes I do agree that is annoying when it does happen and not being given able to remove or disable is very annoying. It's also annoying on the tab s too. 6.0"? Why? You may as well get the 10" Note. A 6" phone is just dumb, no matter who makes it. I am glad they didn't go that size.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No worries, I have a Note Pro (10 inches was too small!!)

43. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

iBS You are , or iboy pretending to be "android user" for cleverly bashing Samsung, - or you are brainwashed from the apple's propaganda naive victim

47. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

So suddenly because I have a preference that is not the Note or Samsung I must be an Apple fan? Humm how clever, someone with an opinion other than your own threatens you so you have to sling mud. FYI I am an avid ANDROID user, you can look at the phones that I have and have had on my profile here. I have never found any other OS, be it Windows, iOS or Touchwiz to fit my needs. SO PLEASE GO TRY TO BE AN iTROLL OR AN S-TROLL SOMEWHERE ELSE.

49. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You pretend that you didn't see this part of my comment: ", - or you are brainwashed from the apple's propaganda naive victim" And make noise now. LOL P.S. Well, OF COURSE you may have "preference that is not the Note or Samsung " , but talking BS about TW is just helpless bashing started by the Apple's propaganda and the menial tech media.

57. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Complaints about Touchwiz isn't Apple propaganda, many people just don't like Touchwiz. They've completely butchered the clean look of pretty much all the stock apps, they ruined the original look of the pull-down menu, it doesn't match with the design elements of 3rd party applications, etc. It's great if you like it, but I don't understand how you can be a true Android fan and not realize that there's a big community out there that buys Samsung devices for the hardware despite the software or completely avoids TW altogether.

66. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I do agree on some level. However, the few downsides people keep saying like the colors, or some lag or to many gimmicky features, is small when you compare it to the useful things it offers. There is more good than bad. The problem with TW, is its a layer that runs on top. Of Samsung could , aka the features apps that run from Android it would be different. However that would make their phone to much like everyone elses. Samsung success is because of TW no matter how much anyone bashes it.

68. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

IT IS APPLE PROPAGANDA. "...many people just don't like Touchwiz." (????) Let's see who are those "many people". The tech sites (all of them iboys), the ifans commenting there and pretending to be android users, and only few android freaks that want to flash ROMs every day.(we see how great sell the Google Edition of Samsung's high end phones. LOL)

48. techtube

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

i have the same point of view

59. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Hey bud....if you don't wanna buy it, the article is of no interest to you so stop TROLLING on it!

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Note isn't a tablet.

36. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

That option was not to click the article... LOL

41. SayMobile

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

because theirs not a single reason not to buy the Note 4

2. javier34c unregistered

The idea is appealing none the less, but in the end you'd have a larger GS5 with an incremental update similar to the change from z2 and z3. The S pen is what make a note, a note.

32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There is a lot of difference in the S5 and Note 4, the Z3 is only marginally better than the Z1

50. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

THE POLL QUESTION IS STUPID AND MISLEADING!!!!!! Of course Note 4 is great device even without S-Pen. And many will buy it even without S-Pen. But if they have Note 4 with S-Pen and somebody want to take the S-Pen away from them, there will be fight. The right question would be: "Would you pay same money for Note 4 without S-pen??"

3. dankev

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

I have had a Note 2 for two years. Outside the first week of owning it, I can count on one hand the number of times I've used the S pen. It adds zero functionality for me. I would be delighted to trade the wasted space of the S pen for a bigger battery, waterproofness, a slightly smaller body, or nothing at all. The stylus isn't what I like about the Note. I like the size. That's why I'm probably going to replace it with a Nexus 6.

8. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

I agree. Use my Note 2 mainly for browsing , messaging, viewing videos on You Tube. So a ruggedized Active version of the Note would be great when I'm out on my road bike or mountain bike using Strava.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.