Samsung has redesigned the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 4, making it twice as sensitive and more like using a real pen and paper. There’s now 2048 pressure sensitive points on the screen so you get incredible accuracy. And the menu that controls the S Pen has been simplified. So here’s our guide on how to use the S Pen in the Galaxy Note 4.
Air Command is the little circular menu that pops up as soon as you take out the S Pen. It’s where you need to go to get to the stylus’s unique features, like Action Memo and Smart Select. You can bring up the Air Command menu just by putting the pen on the screen and pushing its button.
Action memo is our favourite feature of the S Pen and it’s the first tool on the Air Command menu. We love it so much because it lets you jot down information like a phone number, email address or website and use it instantly thanks to handwriting recognition. You can use you handwritten note to make a call, send a text, create a new contact, send an email, go to a website, bring up a map or create a new task.
Smart Select makes it easy to keep a scrap book of stuff you see online or to share things with your friends. After selecting it from the Air Command menu, you use the S Pen to select what you want to keep by dragging a box across the screen like you would with a mouse. You can then keep the whole selected section or just grab the text from it. Either way, your Note 4 will put a link to the original with it so you can easily see where you found it.
Image Clip makes cropping easy. Just select it from the Air Command menu and roughly draw around an image that you like with the S Pen. You can then choose to crop it into a perfect circle or square, or to cut it out of its background altogether. A tap or two more and you can share the picture with friends or stick it in your scrapbook for later.
With Screen Write you can take a screenshot and annotate it with just one click. As soon as you select it in the Air Command menu, you’ll take a screenshot that you can write on before sharing with everyone.
S Note is a great app for creating to-do lists, doodling or just taking a quick note. And the S Pen makes all of that a lot easier, especially as there’s a whole range of pens that you can use to create detailed drawings or give a note a personal touch. For writing, we love the calligraphy pen option, while the pencil makes drawings look really cool.
Once you’ve created a work of art in S Note, you can share it in the new PEN.UP app. It’s like a social network for digital art. You can browse the drawings done by other Note 4 users and show of your own masterpieces.