What's up Community! We all can get caught up in the specs, but we tend to ignore what the device can/will do. With some help from our friends from Samsung, we are going to go over some of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen.
I have used my fair share of pen/styluses (styluses or styli??) going all the way back to thePalm Pilot and most recently the Google Pixelbook. The Pixelbook Pen has been my favorite thus far. I will say the short time I used the S Pen on the Note 9, I quickly became a fan. It had me at hello just by the responsiveness and control waaaaaay before I tried the remote control features. Boasting a 0.7mm tip and over 4096 levels of pressure, you can easily go from a wide line chisel tipped marker to the fine point of a pencil simply with a change in pressure. It felt as natural as writing on paper.
Now the remote control features are next level. The new S Pen uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology which allows a connection to the device. As a result, you can take better control of your camera, presentations, and apps without touching your phone. When I first heard this, I thought it may be a novelty thing, but when it was shown to us, I could see this being used quite often. Let's get an example of it in action:
The S Pen does not just snap selfies and do slide shows. You can use it to shuffle music or pause/play shows from up to 30 feet away. I was only able to test it with YouTube on a pre-production device, so I am not sure if it works with other apps such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. If I were to guess, I'm thinking so, but I am unable to confirm at this time.
The same features from previous versions exist. So you can pop out the S Pen to turn on the Screen off memo notepad - all without unlocking your phone. From to-do lists to notes, write and pin them to the Always on Display for easy access or find it later in the Samsung Notes app.
The Note 8 gave us Live Message and the S9 gave AR Emoji. Imagine if they had a baby. Now you can liven up your chats with AR Emoji and the S Pen. Doodle and draw on your emojis and/or get your point across with a handwritten note.
For the most part, I loved it. My only regret is the short amount of time I had to test.