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Six Clicks: Useful things you can do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 S Pen

The new Galaxy Note 4 is one of the best large screen smartphones available today and one feature that sets it apart is the S Pen stylus.

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Topic: Mobility
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The capable Galaxy Note 4 S Pen resides in an integrated silo

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (see ) is one of the best, many say it is the best, large screen smartphones you can buy today. One of the primary distinguishing features is the integrated S Pen stylus functionality.

The S Pen has been around since the original Samsung Galaxy Note and has gotten better with every new release. The Air Command pop-up menu launched on the Note 3 and continues to be refined and optimized for the S Pen and large display of the Note line.

One improvement that is tough to demonstrate is the increased pressure sensitivity from 1,000+ to over 2,000+ levels. Another function I am enjoying is the ability to easily handwrite an appointment with a time and location picked up directly from your handwriting. There are many ways to use the S Pen and I encourage you to test it out.

Let's take a closer look at six other functions that are a bit easier to check out.

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Action Memos are actionable

There is a single button within Action Memo to let you quickly take an action with your handwritten note. These actions include:

  • Making a phone call
  • Adding to your contacts
  • Initiate a text message
  • Initiate an email message
  • Launch the web browser and go to the website you wrote
  • Launch Google Maps and go to the address you just wrote
  • Add the item to your task list

Once you create a few Action Memos, you will get hooked and start creating even more.

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Smart Select

Smart Select is accessible directly from the Air Command menu. Text you select from something like a web browser will also capture data from that source so you can visit the browser in the future.

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Pin Action Memos to the home screen

The ability of the S Pen to create notes has always made people think of virtual yellow stickies. On the Note 4 you can now pin these Action Memos, now integrated into S Note, to your home screen panel. This now gives you a true electronic desktop to post your stickies.

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Advanced S Pen cursor control

You can select text with a much better mouse cursor control mechanism. After selecting text, a pop-up menu appears that includes the ability to share this text or even look it up in a dictionary.

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Image Clip

You can select images with the S Pen and then alter the form of that selection, along with ways to save or share that image.

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Screen Write

When you select Screen Write from the Air Command menu a screen capture is made along with an upper menu of options so you can write on this new screen capture. Options include various pens and pen formats.

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