One of the main selling points of the Galaxy Note 8 is the S Pen stylus. Because the screen is so big, there’s plenty of room for sketching, jotting down notes, or just idly doodling whatever comes into your head.
But it can do a lot more besides. Here’s everything you need to know about the S Pen on the Note 8.
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1 It creates gifs
One of the best new features is called Live Messages.
Write out an animated message with the S Pen, lay it on top of a picture, and you can export it as gif that you can send to friends.
That way, there’s no need to use a complicated gif maker online when you need to reply with a witticism.
2 It translates text
But better than last year’s model. The Note 7’s S Pen could translate words when you highlighted them, but the Note 8’s does full sentences.
Which is way more useful when it comes to reading foreign menus online.
3 It’s waterproof
Like last year’s S Pen, it’s fully water-resistant, just like the handset itself.
That means you can plonk yourself down on the bottom of the swimming pool, and draw the view.
You can then send your drawing to a friend on the sun lounger (assuming the hotel wi-fi reaches to the bottom of the pool).
4 It’s super sensitive
But not in a I’ll-cry-if-you-laugh-at-my-haircut kind of way. It recognises 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, just like the S Pen for the Note 7.
That means it responds just like a real pen or pencil – the harder you press, the thicker and darker the line it draws.
5 It works when the screen is off
You can even make notes on it when the screen is off, thanks to Screen Off Memo. Because inspiration won’t wait for you to wake your phone and load the appropriate app.
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