2014 was the year of the “Bendgate” scandal for Apple and the iPhone 6 Plus, so might 2015 produce an “S Pen-gate” controversy as far as arch-rival Samsung is concerned?
They say the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ got off on the right foot at the box-office, at least in Korea, which is a refreshing change of pace for the world’s most popular handheld manufacturer after struggling with the S6, S6 Edge, Note 4 and S5.
But the absence of microSD card slots and user-removable batteries on both new flagship phablets is still expected to harm the two’s mainstream appeal, while the Note 5’s limited availability will physically make it impossible for the non-edgy 5.7 incher to become a global blockbuster.
Further complicating the Galaxy Note 5’s quest to fame, an apparent design flaw has come up on numerous Android forums. Before you get all panicky, no, the device doesn’t bend under mild pressure, and it’s not susceptible to easy hacks either.
It’s simply vulnerable to S Pen malfunctions if you happen to accidentally slide the stylus into its slot the wrong way. Now, we know exactly what you’re thinking. Why would anyone attempt to do that, right? Well, that’s why they’re called accidents – nobody wants them to take place.
Yet hypothetically speaking, a negligent user could turn the redesigned S Pen upside down (i.e. non-pointy end first), and try to tuck in the accessory that way. Or a child may “experiment” with your precious when you’re not looking, and follow the same “protocol.”
You’d think Samsung would make it a little harder for the stylus to enter its socket when inverted, but tragically, that’s not the case. In fact, it moves just as naturally inside the slot… until it doesn’t and it gets hopelessly stuck.
When (if) you do manage to get it out, the mishap’s result is total destruction of the pen detection system. Bet you’ll look twice now every time you put the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 stylus away.