But one thing the Note 3 has that the S3 did not is the S Pen.
So I’ve been putting it through the paces the last few weeks and here’s what I found.
First of all, the S Pen’s sensitivity is pretty spectacular. I have owned several tablets and tablet PC’s over the years, and one of the drawbacks has always been the touch screen has trouble telling the difference between your hand and fingers, and the pen. This is not the case with the S Pen. Regardless of which application is in use, only the marks made by the S Pen will show up. This allows for precise highlighting, screen grabbing, and most of all, legible handwriting.
The second thing I needed was seamless integration into some of my most-used apps. I use Microsoft OneNote to take notes on my Windows tablet in meetings, so having a “Send to OneNote” feature, as well as a pretty versatile “Share” button that opens up the sharing to just about any other install application on the device.
Data input with the S Pen is awesome. Using a SWYPE keyboard is extremely easy and accurate. And I can even ready my handwriting… well I can see why I wrote in my poor penmanship anyways.
The final thing that I hadn’t thought I would have a use for was the “Screen Writing” function. But working in a web design shop, I occasionally get make comments on a design preview, work scope, or other documents. The ability to simply mark it up on the screen and send it back instead of making separate notes in an email or printing the design and making notes on that has proven to be a neat feature. One I plan to use more and more.
I plan on finding more S Pen features on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as I continue to learn more about this device. I can’t wait to see what else I can find to do with it!
I skimmed over some of the basic functions of the S Pen, but Android Authority did a great job in the video below, so check it out!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.