Opinion

The Galaxy Note 5’s push-to-eject S Pen mechanism is counterproductive

The Galaxy Note 5 lets you jot down notes using the S Pen while the screen is off. That’s one of the most useful features Samsung has added to its brilliant stylus in the Note lineup’s history, but the company has also made a change on the Note 5 that has made the S Pen rather counterproductive.

If you didn’t know already, the Note 5’s S Pen has a push-to-eject mechanism that requires you to, well, do exactly what the name suggests. While the S Pen on previous Notes could simply be pulled out in a single go, the Note 5 requires you to push the S Pen first, then drag it out to start using it. It all sounds cool from a design standpoint, but when it comes to actual usage, this push-to-eject mechanism adds a minor additional step that has a major effect on how quickly you can access it and start tapping that screen with the stylus.

The S Pen’s head is rather small, so the entire process of putting your finger on it and pushing it requires some precision, in addition to wasting a precious second or two before you can get the stylus out and put it to use. As a Galaxy Note fan, the non-intuitive S Pen removal feature on the Galaxy Note 5 has disappointed me. Its functionality is still as awesome as it has always been, but I’ve actually started using it less than I would want to on the Note 5, and the push-to-eject system is a major reason.

The S Pen is still a brilliant tool that puts the Note lineup heads and shoulders above all the phablets in the market, but Samsung’s increased focus on design over functionality means it’s not as quickly accessible as it was before. Some might feel I’m making this an issue for no reason, but for a device that wants you to quickly jot down notes with its stylus without even waking up the device, that push-to-eject mechanism makes zero sense.

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Clposts
Clposts

Seriously?

The push to eject feature was added as a safe guard to prevent the stylus from popping out every time you drop the phone. What a pointless bashing of a great uix addition… if my note 3 had this feature my pen would not have gotten run over in the middle of the rain-soaked road last night.

Fifth313ment
Fifth313ment

Wow the pen was the least of my complaints on the Note 5… where do I start?! LOL!

pietroSV
pietroSV

😀 😀 😀 😀
Spoiled little child

edfranco1
edfranco1

I agree with this article… so why did everyone make such a big deal when it was announced? This idea or feature is more like using a pen that you must push to eject but with the added step. LMAO it is a joke and as an owner of the Note 5, I do not find it as convenient as my previous Note, actually I find it a lot harder having to use my nails because I cant get it out.

applesandsynths
applesandsynths

Terrible article. Get real, man.

deejaywilly
deejaywilly

Ive been an Samsung fan since day one specially the note series till the release of the s6 edge but when the note 5 released it was a total disappointment as its not a multi task phablet any more actually its an iphone copycat Samsung is trying to get the iphone fans to try and like the Samsung and they forgot there own fans even the latest updates was honorably i owns a note 4 and a gs6 edge and a note 5 but sorry Samsung ill be selling the note 4 to give the iphone 6 a try for… Read more »

edfranco1
edfranco1

You must try the new Iphone 6S the new feature is awesome and once you try it, you will find everything else strange and outdated real quick. I am gonna get one soon. I only borrowed my roommates and loved that feature and find myself doing this on my Galaxy Note 5 (don’t get me wrong Love Samsung).

randyckayy
randyckayy

Excellent article. Just disregard all the negative opinions. I am a big fan of Samsung, but not a blind fan. And this push-to-eject function is totally unnecessary, And your say about “increased focus on design over functionality” is absolutely right.

nickerhan
nickerhan

Everybody is impressed by the new design, that’s why nobody noticed that samsung actually removed some of the most useful features from S pen: Like meta text… In note 4, when you used “Smart Select”, the software would allow you extract the text from the selected portion of picture, which was really really one of the useful feature of S pen: You can call the extracted phone number directly, you can browse the extracted website directly, you can open the extracted addresses in the map directly…. In Note 5, you cannot. It just allows you to record the extracted portion… Read more »

masterross
masterross

Dont forget S Beam

jimbiye
jimbiye

One of the stupidest articles ever written on this site. That one push makes it counterproductive?
Sounds almost like you are trying too hard to find things to complain about.

MooreAJr2015
MooreAJr2015

I agree, the writer was definitely reaching lol

SomMabile
SomMabile

Uninformed writing. If you prefer the older pens to the new one, you have a particular kind of case, or small fingers with not-short nails, or something of that sort. I, with my flip cover and often-short nails, will benefit from the new design a LOT. I’m sure many people will. Flip cover users have always had to do a sort of balancing act. If you pull out the stylus with the cover closed (which is how you can easily reach the pen to claw it out), and then open the cover, the air command menu is not available. If… Read more »

glowman
glowman

For me, there’s nothing wrong with the previous spen design. Maybe for some, it will eventually come loose due to erosion of the plastic walls or the spen itself. This is something samsung has to address if users have complaints about this. Note 5’s spen is just a design failure. Making it push to eject just adds another point of failure. Sooner or later the latch mechanism will fail and cause it not to hold the telescopic part in. This is just stupid! Aside from its spen being able to get inserted the wrong way! They should have not fixed… Read more »

kloony11
kloony11

Many of you are criticizing this article, but I have to say that I agree with the author simply because the push to eject mechanism can be very awkward at times, especially when using a protective case. Depending on the case, it can be impossible to remove the pen all together.

alan1for
alan1for

So your slating a much improved note because the pen will take you a second, at most, longer to take out on the same day apple show off the apple pencil???? Coincidence!!!!

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Exactly how is it much improved compared to the Note 4?

frodo69
frodo69

much improved?? now tha’ts not true the note 4 is way better sd card removeable battery and you cant get the s pen stuck lol

jamiebinbaker
jamiebinbaker

the whole note 5 disappointed me

ekjl
ekjl

Seriously, everything from this author is negative towards Samsung. How is he still writing for this site?

shadad
shadad

i looked most of his so called articles and YES i agree with you.

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Being a fan means praising as well as criticizing what you want to see improve. Articles that just praise blindly are useless and no true fan wants to our should let their favorite manufacturer do things without questioning them.

The Note5 got some things right, but other things wrong and it’s or job as fans to let Samsung know when we think they made a mistake. This feature isn’t as useless as some believe it to be but the question “how is it useful” is still important to ask.

mdavidfranklin
mdavidfranklin

It’s like i have a pen and paper.. so i can write whatever i want …..
dont waste our time on publishing these kind of articles…

Do you know how scratchy using nails to pull it off..

Just welcome new innovations with open hands…. rather than asking why earth is rotating…

Don’t take it serious. . I have a pen and paper…

mcbrain
mcbrain

Now you’ve found “nothing” from which to make an article. S-pen is counterproductive just because you don’t like it, and you’re a great expert in product design just because you write on this site.

tampa8
tampa8

Even as someone who will not be buying a new Note (I have the Note 4) for various reasons already posted by so many of us, I have to say this sounds like extreme nitpicking. It would neither entice me to buy one or stop me from it.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

I was actually thinking about this when I first heard about the Note 5’s new S-Pen. I hope the Note 6 will go back to basics.

sammay69
sammay69

I own a note 4. And it isn’t like it just slide out. You have to use a bit of fourch to get it out

Hayder989
Hayder989

I don’t know why Sammobile always has a problems with Samsung devices, nothing is perfect. You are so lazy to push a pin. How did you managed to write this article. Lazy F.

Wolf1661
Wolf1661

I don’t own a Note 5, but I don’t think the extra push will really kill the desire for the S-Pen. I have the Note 3, and absolutely love this series. I think the removal of features that we have came to know and love would be more detrimental.

aroutis
aroutis

Bunch of idiocy … moving on.

radyab1297
radyab1297

I think people get lazy.
Come on. It is just a slight push before pull and all because of designing purpose not functionality.
People waste thousands of seconds doing absurd things. Is it hard to spend less than a second to push the tail of a pen?!

RoarLions
RoarLions

One of the biggest reasons for the click before eject is that the S-Pen locks in place and can’t accidentally pop out. I use the S-Pen on my Note 4 constantly and after a year, the pen is starting to get loose. The other reason is that it integrates with the phone better from an atheistic standpoint.