Samsung Appears to Have Made a Sweet New Convertible Chromebook With Pen Capabilities

Over the weekend, the folks at SamMobile discovered a new and unexpected Samsung product that will expand on the growing list of capable Chromebooks. Actually, that’s selling it a bit short because this could be the Chromebook to have. The device is supposedly called Samsung Chromebook Pro and could retail for as little as $499 when and if it arrives in the near future. I say “when and if” because the listing for the device appeared before being taken down without word from Samsung.  (more…)

#TBT: When Sticking the S-Pen in Backwards Broke Your Galaxy Note 5

Does anyone here remember the mini controversy surrounding the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 5? If not, allow me to refresh your apparently deteriorating memory.

Almost one year ago today, we sent out a PSA, stating that you should never insert the S-Pen into your Galaxy Note 5 backwards. We weren’t saying this because we are OCD weirdos or anything, but in fact, doing so broke the mechanism the device uses to detect the S-Pen has either been inserted or removed. When it comes to utilizing S-Pen software properly, having a broken S-Pen detection mechanism is a massive deal. (more…)

Next-Gen Samsung S-Pen Could Double as Stand, According to Patent Application

According to a patent application from Q3 of 2015, detailed by Patently Mobile, the next generation of Samsung’s S-Pen stylus could double as a stand for a smartphone. As shown in illustrations that go along with the application, they show a stylus with a joint in the midsection, allowing users to bend it and hold a smartphone up when on a flat surface.  (more…)

Thoughts on the Galaxy Note 5 from an iPhone User [Opinion]

Late last year I was sitting in my car playing with my tiny iPhone 5c. I had just finished reviewing the Sony Z3v and it dawned on me. I missed Android. I started messaging with everyone at Droid Life and within a few minutes I decided I was going to switch to Android. I have an upgrade coming up in October so I figured I would upgrade to the Note 5 since it would be the latest phone out then. Then I got to spend some time with the Galaxy S6. It was a great phone with some shortcomings, but surely the Note 5 would be the phone for me.

More time passed and I continued to evaluate. Would the Note 5 meet my needs? Can I live with a more advanced OS that doesn’t get apps or updates first? Can I give up iMessage for SMS? I had lots of questions and few answers. Read on to get my impressions of the Galaxy Note 5 and what I decided.  (more…)

Video: S Pen Features on the Galaxy Note 5

The S Pen featured on the Galaxy Note 5, when not stuck upside down in your device, features a few minor tweaks over last year’s S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4. First, it has an awesome clicker mechanism built-in, giving it a more pen-like feel while in-hand. Even though it truly serves zero functionality besides sounding and feeling good, and helping you remove it from the phone, it does offer a “cool” attribute. (more…)

Please Don’t Put the Galaxy Note 5 S Pen in Backwards. (Updated)

Hey, guy over there with the Galaxy Note 5, please don’t put your S Pen in backwards. If you do, you will probably break something in the phone, like the sensor that recognizes whether or not the S Pen is in or out of the phone. You may not even be able to remove it at all, actually. As with many things in life, it’s almost always a bad idea to put things in backwards. So, don’t do it with your S Pen.  (more…)