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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 major design flaw discovered

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It's been discovered that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a major design flaw involving its S Pen stylus.

Samsung launched its latest flagship phablet in mid-August to a largely positive but somewhat mixed initial response.

While it has a phenomenal screen and a beautiful design, the lack of microSD expansion and the presence of a fixed battery seems to run counter to the Note's purpose as a productivity powerhouse.

Questions over the Note 5's practicality have taken another blow with the news that the new S Pen housing mechanism is fundamentally flawed.

As Android Police has tested and confirmed, it's now possible to insert the S Pen stylus the wrong way up - that is, with the pointy end facing outwards.

Previously, it was either impossible or sufficiently difficult to do this on a Note device, effectively dissuading mischievous kids and all but eliminating the prospect of absent-minded mishaps.

With the Note 5, however, it's not only possible but quite easy to get the S Pen stuck in the Note 5 in this way. Even if you do manage to fish the stylus out, there's a good chance you'll have done damage to the Note 5 in the process - specifically the mechanism that detects the presence of the S Pen.

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It seems like a pretty fundamental oversight from Samsung's newly reinvigorated design department. Is it too early to use the term 'S Pengate'?

Perhaps we in the UK dodged a bullet when we got the S Penless Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ instead.

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Zeus

August 25, 2015, 7:46 am

Pengate anyone :D Couldn't resist.

chaosdefinesorder

August 25, 2015, 8:53 am

you mean like the last few lines in the article? ;-P

toboev

August 25, 2015, 9:15 am

No, really?! FUNDAMENTALLY flawed? Dodged a bullet? I thought you'd discovered that the thing basically stopped working, end of, etc in normal use.

Through countless Psions, various HP PDAs, a couple of Notes, honestly it has never happened, I've never thought to try and ram the stylus home rse about face, nor achieved the same despite myself.

You don't suppose you could somehow jam the battery in upside down? Or maybe someone could mistakenly attempt to insert the stylus down the headphone socket, backwards?

Zeus

August 25, 2015, 9:32 am

I didn't read to the end :( but thanks. Kinda just saw the headline and my brain jumped ;)

dpanch_89

August 25, 2015, 11:15 am

someone in the design department clearly hasn't hear of pokayoke

toboev

August 26, 2015, 7:36 pm

No, really?! FUNDAMENTALLY flawed? Dodged a bullet? I thought you'd discovered that the thing basically stopped working, end of, etc.

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