Samsung fixes 'non-problem' with S Pen stylus getting stuck in Galaxy Note 5


After claiming that the tendency of an incorrectly inserted S Pen stylus to get stuck in the Galaxy Note 5 was not a problem, Samsung has decided to fix the "non-problem" anyway, reported Android Central.

When the Galaxy Note 5 first came out back in August last year, David Ruddock of the Android Police noted that the S Pen stylus could be inserted in the wrong direction, getting stuck in the device and damaging the direction-sensitive mechanism that tells whether the S Pen in inside the phone or not, rendering the stylus useless.

"Once you insert the pen far enough in the wrong direction (again, which causes no strange resistance or feel than putting it in the right way), it will get stuck. It doesn't even have to 'click' in. At this point, of course, you will panic. And you will try to get it out - and most likely, you'll succeed. The problem is that if you do succeed, there's a very real possibility you'll break whatever mechanism the device uses to detect whether the pen is attached or detached from the phone," explained Ruddock.

Previous Galaxy Note models had prevented the S Pen from being inserted in the wrong direction.

Samsung said at the time that it recommended that Galaxy Note 5 users "follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure there are not issues." Translation: "It's not our problem."

But apparently Samsung has decided that it is its problem and fixed the issue in the latest update to the Galaxy Note 5's hardware. In a statement sent to Android Central, Samsung said that it "can confirm that the Note 5 internal S Pen mechanism has been changed to avoid the issue caused by inserting the S Pen incorrectly."

Android Central commented on the statement: "Of course there's still no way to tell whether your Note 5 has the updated internals – at least not without jamming the S Pen in there the wrong way around, or taking it apart. Nor is Samsung saying exactly when this hardware fix was first implemented."

For more:
- read the Android Central report

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