Join Dan Gookin for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing the S Pen, part of Samsung Galaxy Note Tips and Tricks.
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What makes your phone or tablet a Galaxy Note and not a Galaxy something else, is the S Pen. It's a unique device that lets you draw on the screen and more. In this movie, I introduce you to the S Pen. You'll get to know its specific parts, see how it works as an input device and become familiar with the air control. The first step to using the S Pen is to remove it. You'll find it docked on the side or bottom of your Galaxy Note. Look for it and when you find it, pull it out. By pulling out the S Pen, you unlock the tablet.
Work the unlock screen if prompted. This tablet uses a signature unlock, so I'll scrawl my John Hancock to unlock it. You'll see how to set a signature unlock in a later movie. The S Pen features a button, shown here. Pressing the button activates some special features, which are demonstrated in a later movie. The other interesting part is the tip, which you can use to either touch the touchscreen or hover over the touchscreen. You use the S Pen just as you would your finger, but it's far more precise. You see here, how a tiny circle appears on the touchscreen as you bring close the S Pen.
Again it's precise. You can tap an icon to open it. Use the S Pen to scroll. You can even tap the navigation icons, including the home button. All the standard touchscreen operations you can do with one finger, can also be done by using the S Pen. The way you access special S Pen features is to summon the air command. To do so, bring the S Pen close to the touchscreen, to the point where you see the little circle.
Press and release the button and the air command appears. The air command gives you quick access to several S Pen related features, Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder, and Pen Window. I cover some of these features in a later movie. When you're done using the S Pen, return it to the dock. Slide the S Pen back into the side of the tablet. This action doesn't lock the tablet, you can still use your fingers to manipulate the touch screen. My point is that you definitely need to remember to return the S Pen to its dock when you're done using it.
You don't want to lose the S Pen. Replacements are available, but they ain't cheap. It's just good practice to keep the S Pen docked when you're done using the tablet. You can then lock the tablet by pressing and releasing the power lock button
Want to learn more about the operating system driving the Galaxy Note? Check out author Dan Gookin's Android Essential Trainingcourse.
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