The first PDAs and smartphones used the stylus to navigate and capture notes. Samsung continued to use an external accessory in the note line, and in Note 9 this year S Pen is better than ever.
The traditional use of the stylus to complete the finger is useful in Note 9, but with the Bluetooth radio contained inside, you can do a lot more with S Pen. Surprisingly, the S-stylus contains a radio and Bluetooth battery that can be fully charged in less than 40 seconds and can work with 200 clicks before they have to be recharged.
Based on my experience with the S-Pen in Note 8, it is now an essential tool for me. With the five ways I’ve described in detail in this article, there are several new ways to use S Pen on Note 9:
- Starting the Application: From the Remote Setup S Pen, you can select the program you want to run directly from the S Pen button when you hold the button. The camera is selected by default, but you can also change your choice.
- Taking photos: After starting the camera, you can press the S Pen button to activate the shutter and take a photo. Double-tap the button while the camera application is open to switching between the front and rear cameras.
- See photos in your gallery: Fortunately, Samsung continues to include its own gallery app to view and edit photos. When the gallery is open, you can use single and double touch points on the Pen to move to the next or previous image.
- Record your voice: Use the S Pen to record/pause a voice file with the open voice recording program.
- Music Management: When the media is played back in Recording 9, you can play, pause or skip music using both of the key variants. We will have to test if this feature works with a streaming service such as Spotify or if it only works with the music loaded on the phone.
- Remote YouTube: With a YouTube video that is currently being played in your app, you can use the S Pen buttons to play, pause, or skip videos.
- PowerPoint Slide Control: When PowerPoint is open, you can use the buttons to move to the next or previous slides.