I have a confession to make. Although the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with an improved digital pen, I didn’t buy the device for that reason. I would have bought it anyway because I thought the 5.5-inch smartphone could replace both a phone and a small tablet. See why it’s possible in my first-look video. As it turns out, I’m using the S-Pen after all; not for the majority of my day, but more than I thought I would. Why? Between Samsung’s software and the second digitizer in the display, which enables mouse-like hover modes, there are a number of handy features.
I’d argue that there are almost too many functions because I keep finding more and more the longer I use the new Note. Luckily — and rather timely — Samsung has put together an article showing some of the “bells and whistles” of the Galaxy Note 2 and many of those involve the pen. Aside from the standard note-taking and handwriting recognition features, here are a few other pen functions worth sharing for folks considering buying this part-smartphone, part-tablet, which will be hitting U.S. carrier stores as early as next week:
There’s actually even more that the S-Pen can do and I’m finding new uses every few days or so. Samsung has pop-up instructions that appear as needed when there’s a pen option available; of course, you can choose not to have these pop up again in the future, but I’ve left them on; there’s simply so much this thing can do. I consider this a bonus since I never thought I’d use the pen anyway.