Phablet owners will finally be able to put away their S Pens without worrying about them getting stuck. That's right, Samsung has finally addressed that Galaxy Note 5 stylus issue.
There are devices on the market that prevent the user from sticking the stylus in the wrong way. Try to put it in backwards, and it just won't fit. However, users of Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 are able to insert their S Pen stylus with the wrong end in first — which is actually a common mistake for those who aren't paying close attention, are in the dark or may be in a rush.
What seems like a silly problem actually had some frustrating consequences. Users reported that the stylus would get jammed in the device and would not come out. What's worse is if they tried to pull it out, it could cause damage to the device and permanently disable some functions, such as the detection sensor.
Samsung has now acknowledged and solved the issue, fixing what appears to be a design flaw in the Note 5. The company changed the internal mechanism of the Note 5, adding a piece of plastic over an internal switch to prevent the S Pen from getting stuck when inserted.
The new change will allow the user to safely eject the S Pen in the event that they accidentally insert it backwards.
Samsung's solution won't stop the S Pen from being able to be inserted the wrong way, but it will prevent any damage when the user tries to slide it back out.
"Samsung can confirm that the Note 5 internal S Pen mechanism has been changed to avoid the issue caused by inserting the S Pen incorrectly," the company told The Verge. "As always, we recommend following proper instructions for storing the S Pen."
The company has made the changes to new the Note 5 devices, but it is not known whether or not preexisting users of the smartphone will be able to get the fix for their flawed phones.
Source: The Verge
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