The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is official. It’s coming to Singapore, it’s got a fancy screen, all the power you’ll ever need, a top-class camera, and, of course, an all-new stylus.
The S Pen, as Samsung calls it, has come a long way since the original one that graced the very first Note handset. Each past iteration has brought with it various tweaks and improvements, but it’s safe to say that the Galaxy Note 7’s S Pen is the most feature-packed one yet.
If you’re not a fan of styli (styluses, stylusessess?) then that’s absolutely fine, but you may wish to wander over to our Top 10 smartphone list to find something a little less… stylussey.
Oh, you decided to stick around? Fantastic. Allow us to lead you along the path to S Pen nirvana:
1) GIF it up
Personally, we rate the humble animated GIF alongside fire, the wheel and the Zinger Tower burger as one of the greatest inventions ever created, which is why the S Pen’s improved Smart Select feature has us rather excited.
Popping the S Pen out of its nest and selecting Smart Select will enable you to fire up a video on, for example, YouTube, before letting you select which part of the video you’d like to record.
Once you’ve tweaked the area that you want to capture, it’s just a case of selecting where you’d like your GIF to begin and end, and boom - you’ve got yourself an instant shareable GIF.
Each GIF can be up to 15 seconds in length, so feel free to get creative. Coupled with the countless websites which let you add text to animated GIFs, you’ll soon rise up the ranks to Meme Lord in no time.
2) Lost in translation?
If you’ve ever been abroad and accidentally ordered pickled deer tongue because you had no choice but to point at something random on the menu, then you’re going to love the S Pen’s new party trick. It has a translate mode which lets you hover the pen over any on-screen words, while a pop-up box shows you its English (or any other language’s) equivalent.
Snap a picture of an enigmatic menu, hover the S Pen over the words in the photo, and you’ll soon be on your way to delicious steak town. Mmmm, steak town.
If you’re in the habit of browsing foreign language websites (perhaps you’re learning a new language and testing yourself), then this feature will come in very handy for revealing the cryptic secrets of the odd elusive word to you too.