Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 is an ultra feature rich phone to say the least, and given it’s price tag of around $850 it surely makes sense that this would be the case. The Galaxy Note series has always been the place to go for bigger screens and more features, and while plenty of manufacturer’s have taken these ideas on for themselves, there’s one thing the Galaxy Note series continues to do uniquely that no other phone series on the market has successfully copied: writing. Samsung’s S Pen is a design that came from the fruits of a partnership with Wacom, the company behind popular stylus pads for artists and other productivity giants on the PC side of things.
This partnership has breathed something truly amazing over the past few years, and while the S Pen started out a bit amateur feeling on the original Galaxy Note, it has grown into a beautiful product that is seemingly impossible to replicate. Every year we’ve seen Samsung change up the S Pen in one way or another, but it’s the design from last year’s Note 5 that seems to be one of the best so far, and the Galaxy Note 7’s design has taken that and evolved it considerably. Sporting a refined exterior that’s now IP68 water and dust resistant like the Note 7 is, the new S Pen is also shaped in a way that can only be put in the right way, not backwards. The spring loaded mechanism holding it into the phone is back and better than ever, offering a great way to detach the S Pen from the phone while also keeping it in snugly when needed.
Samsung has also added new levels of pressure sensitivity, double last year’s amount, allowing for accurate writing and thickness like you would get on a real pen or pencil. There’s also an enhanced tip that’s more accurate than ever thanks to its new thickness of 0.7mm; half that of the Galaxy Note 5. Let’s not forget the bevvy of software features that Samsung always tweaks and adds to round out the package too. How much has the S Pen improved since last year? Take a look at our detailed review video below and see for yourself!