Major flaw in Samsung Galaxy Note 5 could wreck it

26 August 2015

samsung logo Samsung have been getting decent reviews for the Galaxy Note 5, however, there's something wrong with it and it could brick your device.

Thanks to a major design flaw, the S Pen that comes with the Note 5 could do major damage to the functionality.

So what's happening here? Well, you can insert the S Pen into the Galaxy Note 5 any way you like, because Samsung have designed it that way. However, pop it in with the wrong orientation, and you could break the device's stylus detection feature, which means it won't work.

Most devices that have a stylus are designed in such a way that it can only be inserted the correct way, presumably to stop nonsense like this from happening. Not with the Galaxy Note 5, nosireebob. A very simple fix could lead to a very expensive apology from Samsung.

The Verge says: "If you are unfortunate enough to slide your S Pen in the wrong way, you'll have a hard time unjamming it from the slot (though eventually you should be able to pry it away), but more importantly, you might disable the Note's stylus detection feature."

So what do Samsung have to say about all this? Are they going to fix the problem or issue some adapters to stop this from borking a load of devices? Course not.

In a reply to The Verge, Samsung said: "We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S pen in the other way around."

There you have it. You're slipping it in wrong.

TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile


  • Noghar
    You left out the interesting detail that for all previous models of the Note it was impossible to put the stylus in the wrong way. So Samsung already knew that what can go wrong, will go wrong, and their designers happened to forget it this time around.
  • Jaffacake
    I have a samsung galaxy notepro, just tried the pen backwards, nope it won't even begin to fit.
  • Steff
    Noghar: incorrect, the pen in Note 4 can be put on both wide sides, of of those wide sides has the small button on the pen but not sure if it breaks if inserted on both sides

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