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Whatever you do just don’t insert the Galaxy Note 5’s S Pen backwards

The Galaxy Note 5 is a beautiful handset crafted from metal and finished off with curved glass back, the handset looks very nice and for the first time comes with a patented push-to-eject mechanism for retrieving the S Pen from the device. Users will certainly take advantage of the S Pen and the various features that it offers however due to a possible design flaw with this device it would be best to avoid inserting the S Pen backwards into the device, doing so could break the pen detection feature of the Galaxy Note 5.

With previous generations the worst that could happen was the S Pen getting stuck and requiring quite a bit of force to be yanked free, on the Galaxy Note 5 there appears to be almost no resistance even if the S Pen is being inserted the wrong way. Once it’s far enough in the wrong direction it will eventually get stuck and yanking it free will most likely break the feature which basically detects whether the stylus is attached or detached from the device. The folks who conducted this test report that pen detection is now completely broken on their unit, they just might be on to something here, the scribe has reached out to Samsung for a comment but is yet to hear back. In the meantime people who own the Galaxy Note 5 should take extra care when inserting the S Pen back into the device, it can be very easy to slide it in the wrong way if you’re distracted and not really paying attention to that mundane task.

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jack369
jack369

wait is backward means upside-down? or putting in at the clicking part?

djsonoman
djsonoman

“Ha-Ha!”

-Nelson Muntz-

melvarius
melvarius

I can’t help but think you’d have to be seriously retarded to do something as mind numbingly stupid as that. Oh hang on they’re targeting iPhone users. Nuff said lmao

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

What!? You mean the company that deleted the SD card so it could overcharge you for meager storage and will make tons of money off of replacing the fragile glass back is producing A a apparatus that can easily break the phone? Shocker

ThaiM
ThaiM

For a 5th generation device, it sure is silly to have these problems. This fail of a Note 5 has gone backwards in innovation in every aspect. Apple execs are laughing their collective asses off at Samsunk.

Deliximus
Deliximus

While I am no fan of the battery and sdcard policy Samsung has decide to go into, how can you say it went backwards in ‘every aspect’? They are using a way faster SoC which sips power, 4GB RAM, 14nm manufacturing which Qualcomm can’t manage until SD820, fantastic camera, much improved fingerprinter scanner, more responsive TW (though the RAM management issue is another discussion), top of the class audio output via headphones, first device to have fast wireless charging, Gorilla Glass 4 instead of 3, top of the class display, UFS 2.0, etc. There is a great difference between what… Read more »

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Except for the fact that it seems like samdung concentrated on taking away and not giving me things that I wanted as opposed to adding the things I did want to the note 4. I want to be a SD card I wanted front facing speakers I wanted all day battery life under heavy usage or at least an option for that. Samsung gave me a fragile expensive phone that was so busy concentrating on form over function that they stylized themselves right out of my list of potential next phone purchases. I did not ask for a thinner super… Read more »

crapphone
crapphone

Before You use a new phone get familiar with it..read the damned manual.
In the Note 5 manual Page 25, Samsung gives you a warning:
“Warning: Be sure to insert your S pen with the nib pointed inward. Inserting the S Pen the wrong way can cause it to become stuck and can damage the PEN and YOUR PHONE”
Got it.

z31k
z31k

Yea, cause everyone reads the manuals to each and every device they purchase… And since we live in a perfect world, can we also all make sure to read all the credits after the movies we watch.. It’s important that we know who is the guys name that brings the editor his coffee…

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

apparently you don’t have children. It’s an idiotic bit of design every bit as stupid as not having front facing speakers. I can’t wait to dump my note 3 for the new Motorola or LG phone.

glowman
glowman

How about designing it in such a way that you don’t have to warn users of this stupid design consequence? Nobody in their right mind will do it intentionally. Another thing to consider is when you press it already and forgot to pull it out or back in and put it in your pocket, I bet it will fall off since its protruding already. See… stupid design! I’m a note 2, 3 and 4 user and have no complaints about the existing pen holder. I won’t be buying note 5 also due to things taken out. Improvement should be on… Read more »

j2001m
j2001m

Just to be clear this just damages the spen and not the note 5 so just buy a new spen, this is as bad as just loosing the spen, no big deal

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Breaking the S pen and breaking s-pen detection are two completely different things.

teesmarkhan
teesmarkhan

Whoever inserts d s-pen backwards, den d guy must b a gr8 fool, bcuz no1 wears his/her costumes backwards! Dis article sudnt b posted here.

NULUSIOS
NULUSIOS

And you seem to write backwards.

elfstones65
elfstones65

Before you call someone a fool maybe learn to spell/write properly.

NULUSIOS
NULUSIOS

Funny how people try to defend Samsung on a clearly design flaw. What’s the problem guys? Early buyers? Have fun with your iSamsung and make sure your 4-12 kid doesn’t reach it (rough estimate where a kid CAN get hold of a smartphone and be “simple” or a menace enough to insert stylus the other way). Or a colleague that doesn’t like you too much (easy to find one if you are bragging all the time about your new smartphone).

ThaiM
ThaiM

First of all, English. Do you speak it? I tried a Google translate but apparently it doesn’t recognize ‘retard’.

With that out of the way, people here have been shat on by Samsunk. There’s no iTard fans here.

But if your reading is equivalent to your writing, you didn’t understand a thing I just said. In which case, titty sprinkles.

Deliximus
Deliximus

Hey guys, it’s cool that people have different points of view. We need to respect it and debate on the points. Please DO NOT go off and hurl insults and name-calling at each other, that is not called for. Actually Teesmarkhan’s comments make sense and he’s just writing in short-form, but I do not agree with him calling people ‘idiots’. Google Translate is far from perfect. As for the original post, Samsung cannot possibly cover off all scenarios to keep the device from breaking. I can smash my buddy’s screen and wondering why there is a ‘design flaw’ as to… Read more »

alozide
alozide

Maybe samsung should have approached the s pen to Note 5 merge to nature like the birds and the bees “sex”, can’t insert it in wrong there right? or can you? lol
And BTW “SEX” = S pen Entry X-axis

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Too bad 60% of TouchWiz smoothness and sensitivity isn’t provided by Apple. (note 3 owner who has never ever owned an iphone)

NextBigThing
NextBigThing

Sure, developing products fast will affect quality, I’m sure that we will witness others flaws in Note 5 and Edge +, with time.

frodo69
frodo69

i guess it’s pay back time as samsung made a big thing of bendgate now we have pengate lol. it’s a design flaw you shouldnt be able to accidently put it in the wrong way it’s just bad design lets face it humans aint perfect so we will get loads damaged .

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Hmmm? I wonder who will Financially benefit from this bad design and the fragile glass back and the over priced extra storage?

mars0212
mars0212

Well, of course it brakes. What happens if you put diesel fuel in a gasoline car? It breaks.
What happens if you try to plug a USB in the wrong way? It breaks.
What happens if you try to put a cap on a pen the wrong way? They break.
Etc. etc. etc.
Things are meant to be used a certain way. If you use them wrong they break. Get over it.

Channel42x
Channel42x

breaks*
breaks*
break*
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mars0212
mars0212

Thanks

ThaiM
ThaiM

Diesel pumps are differentiated greatly to avoid confusions. USB doesn’t fit if plugged in the wrong way. What fancy weirdo pen do you have? Every pen cap I’ve seen are non-directional. They just fit. The point is, it’s VERY easily to insert the failed Note 5 pen in either direction unless you’re specifically scrutinizing it. My Note 2 pen only fits in one way, it won’t go in if reversed or backwards, at all.

arhu74
arhu74

the diesel nozzle won’t fit in my car (at least the manual says so but I am not going to try though…) and vice versa for the diesel variant

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Yeah, give those Samsung designers a break. I mean if they’re too stupid to know how to incorporate front facing speakers, then what makes everybody think they’re smart enough to make the top and slightly wider so it doesn’t fit in the hole. (that’s what she said jokes in 3… 2… 1)

hot_spare
hot_spare

If someone is idiotic enough to put the pen backwards, he doesn’t deserve to use a smartphone. Better go back using Nokia 1100.

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Well, this is what you get by rushing a phone by 2 months. This should have been ironed out in field testing. With my Note 3, I can hardly push it a few mm the wrong way.

elfstones65
elfstones65

I can’t resist Pengate 😀

isroisro
isroisro

It s funny cause as your holding the pen by the lower side it feels natural sometimes to put it in the wrong way. But since real pens have the ink at the bottom i dont think many people are used to doing that as it would get their fingers dirty.

HFL087
HFL087

Samsung this Singh from god , stop make shiit phones. and bring sd and all the best. if you keep going this way u would be gone.

luffy753
luffy753

Lol their sales sure don’t tell them that

Deliximus
Deliximus

What has that even got to do with this article? No, Samsung Galaxy Note is NOT a ‘shiit phone’. People can debate whether if it is the best phone in the market or not, but holy hell, it is not a ‘shiit phone’ by any stretch of the imagination. You know what is a ‘shiit phone’? All those low end ‘shiit phones’ in the developing world markets. Someone hands me a Galaxy note 5 and a low end ‘shit phone’, yes I will take the Note 5.

pietroSV
pietroSV

Idiots trying to put it backwards. Little infant kids

Sugit Pupillam
Sugit Pupillam

Little infant kids? Nah, too easy

Deliximus
Deliximus

I like it how people claim that if they give their toddler/young child the phone, it will screw up the pen POTENTIALLY. So do I blame Samsung or my child if he smashes my screen or is that a design flaw? Or if my kid threw up on the phone and gave it water damage?

ThaiM
ThaiM

The shape of the new failed S-Pen in the new failed Note 5 are symmetrical and easily mistakenly inserted wrong. It’s not like previous Notes where the the S-Pen was asymmetrical and not possible to insert backwards. Idiot.

Deliximus
Deliximus

Funny how I just inserted the Note 4 spen in reverse into the slot…..who’s the idiot?

josphsj
josphsj

You probably never had a note, please do not call others idiot while your writing shows that either you are really idiot or ignorant !