Like a lot of smartphone owners, the loss of a tactile keyboard hasn’t been much of an adjustment. In fact, you could probably say that given the functionality of today’s latest devices, it’s all too easy to just tap, swipe and thumb through your screen.
So as far as smartphone features go, when your fingers manage to get the job done anyway, a stylus doesn’t normally top the list of user essentials. Until you get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note8’s S Pen, that is.
Nio Judalena, Marketing Head for IT and Mobile of Samsung Philippines Corporation, says, “The S Pen is a trademark of the Galaxy Note heritage and elevates the traditional smartphone experience—it is the defining feature of the Note series and with its unique features, gives you more emotive and creative control over your digital communications.”
With every series release, the S Pen just keeps getting better and better. It’s no surprise that with the arrival of Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy Note8, they’ve made sure that the feature takes usability and efficiency a step further.
Old School Meets Technological Innovation
The enhanced S Pen mimics the familiarity and convenience of the old school ballpoint. With its smaller than 0.7mm tip and improved pressure sensitivity, it definitely offers the accuracy and ease of a real pen—except you can use it to write on your screen. Everything that you would use a regular pen for, you can now do with something that hardly ever leaves your side: your smartphone. No charging required either. It’s just there, in the palm of your hand, ready whenever you need it.
The Art of Writing
The option to just thumb through your phone when you have to write a calendar reminder, send a note or write a message is great. But sometimes writing something down, in your own handwriting, especially nowadays where text and emails amplify the impersonal nature of communication in the digital age, adds an irresistible, personal touch to your online messages. Live Message lets you do just that and more! Through this feature, you can bring your messages to life by adding fun doodles, animated texts, and inserting or editing photos. Live Message can be used with most messaging apps.
With the S Pen, you can also select on areas of your photos and videos just like how you would draw a circle or box on photos you like on a magazine. But the great thing about this is that once you’ve made a selection, you can draw on it, turn it into your own personal GIF, and share it on your favorite instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, or Whatsapp.
Admit it, you almost never let your smartphone be away from you, and because you can easily whip out your phone whenever you need to document something, you can now bid goodbye to those instances where you have to quickly jot a business contact’s number down, remind yourself to book appointments, or make a quick checklist for the day. You no longer have to rummage through your purse for paper or wonder why a pen is never around when you need it most.
Take the S Pen out and just start scribbling away. Much to the serial note-takers’ delight, the Galaxy Note8’s Screen Off Memo feature now lets you jot down up to 100 pages of notes, save memos, and view and edit them without having to unlock your phone through the Always On Display. This makes note-taking a whole lot easier because you can quickly jot down your thoughts before you could forget, and it saves your battery power too, since you can save notes without even having to switch on your phone to open an app.
On the Go
Here’s a feature that any type of user, from business travellers to wide readers will appreciate. The S Pen provides you a new level of convenience with its easy translation and conversion feature, which allows you to read texts in your primary language by simply hovering over phrases or even a whole sentence. Through its Optical Character Recognition that enables translation of over 70 languages, there’s no more getting lost in translation with the S Pen at hand! Aside from that, the S Pen also converts currencies and units through the same mechanic; so now, you wouldn’t have to switch to your calculator and compute the conversion on your own.
Surely, the trademark of the Note series is enough to convince you, but there’s more to the Galaxy Note8 than the enhanced S Pen. If you’re thinking about upgrading your current Note phone or switching to the Galaxy Note8, then you should head over to the Samsung Galaxy Studio in Bonifacio High Street! Here, you can try out the S Pen to see for yourself all the cool things it can do and also discover the amazing features of the Galaxy Note8. Make sure to check out the different experience zones for an immersive look at the other impressive features of the Galaxy Note8.