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.
Check out our Galaxy S6 Edge+ hands-on video: