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Samsung's S Pen: is it really that useful or just a gimmick?

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Last week Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. But while customers in the US will enjoy the choice between the two devices, those in Europe will not, because the Note 5 will not be coming to Europe. Samsung told AndroidPIT that this was because its research revealed that Europeans tend not to use the S Pen, favoring the Note devices only for their large screens. But we want to know what you think. 

According to Samsung's research, North Americans appreciate big screens in their own right, but also make enough use of the S Pen features to justify getting both devices. We want to know what you think of the S Pen, whether you have a Note or not. We'll then present you with the findings from this survey and the ones we're running in our European domains to see if Samsung's numbers agree with ours.

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Just how important is the S Pen compared to a large screen? / © ANDROIDPIT

We've provided some sample responses to the question below, to provide for both who have an S Pen and those who don't. If we haven't included a response that matches your particular feelings on the S Pen, please add it in the comments below. We'll bring you the results in the next week or so.

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Kris Carlon

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Kris is a former AndroidPIT Editor who came to the team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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  • 6
    christian Aug 19, 2015 Link to comment

    the s pen is still usefull after all

  • Mike 22
    Mike Aug 19, 2015 Link to comment

    Much easier using the S pen than my fat fingers.

  • 6
    mark griesser Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    If you're going to go to the trouble of a survey, why be so half a**ed?
    -Useful tool
    -Handy feature
    What is that? Could you be more broad and ambiguous?
    Why not put the options that it is used for?
    The beauty of it is that it can be used as an actual mouse pointer. I have big hands and big fingers. I get so sick of touching all over the place

  • Junaid Q. 17
    Junaid Q. Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    Spen is really use full My dad use Note 2 and he likes the Spen and I wish I could get one for my S4

  • 5
    OTACORB Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    I got the Note for the larger screen, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've used the S-Pen and even then I never really found it useful. I don't think its a gimmick clearly there are those that use it, but for me its just not necessary and I personally have zero use for it.

  • 12
    Russell Wilson Aug 18, 2015 Link to comment

    I didn't buy the Note 4 for the Spen, I bought it for the large screen, I never thought I would need a stylus to use a phone. but now that I have it I find myself using it more than I thought, I have it out at least once a day.

  • 7
    Ihsan Ullah Aasim Aug 17, 2015 Link to comment

    well that is a pretty question but i just use the S pen so much alot and it is very usefull


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