It’s not uncommon to find the S pen sticking out after putting the Note 7 in a pocket or dropping it onto a soft surface. The ejector mechanism does not lock very well, which puts your S-pen at risk for getting lost or breaking.
The one feature Samsung’s Note phablet has that sets it above the rest is the mighty S Pen. With each Note release, the digital scribbler gets better, and in the Note 7, the S Pen comes with a host of new benefits, and is arguably better than ever. However, it seems like ever since Samsung decided to go with the push to eject style S-pen, storing the S-pen has taken a turn for the worse.
We all remember the “S-Pen-gate” of 2015, where people putting their S-pen’s into the silo backwards, only to find out it gets stuck and damages the detection sensor. Bummer. Now in 2016 it looks like we have a repeat of the same. We thought Samsung learned their lesson and the Galaxy Note 7 had an improved S Pen design, but it turns out some users have already managed to get their pointers stuck in the handset.
The problem this time is not the ability to put the pen in backwards – that was an easy fix that should have been dealt with at R&D – but now pushing the pen to hard when ejecting it will cause a hang up. Based on reports from XDA Developers, owners who are putting extra pressure when inserting the S Pen back in the Note 7’s silo can cause the stylus to get stuck.
Most notably, the upper region of the stylus will not bounce back, keeping the S-pen sunken past the metal body of the phone, making it very difficult to push with a finger.
Reports are flying all over the internet about Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users having problems with their S-pens getting stuck but this writer is having the opposite problem; a S-pen that sometimes won’t stay put.
So not only can the Note 7 S-pen get stuck if pushed with enough force, it can randomly pop out too. After having the Note 7 for more than two-weeks now, I can personally report multiple instances when I have pulled out my Note to find the S-pen slightly protruding out of the device.
The problem is most likely rooted in the pen being pushed by the movements of my body, as I tend to notice the problem the most when keeping the device in my front pocket. Nevertheless, there have been instances when I’ve tossed my phone onto the bed only to find the S-pen sticking out when I pick it up later. It’s also not uncommon to have the S-pen pop out if dropped onto carpet at just the right angle, as illustrated in the video at the top of this post.
Luckily, the S-pen can be pulled out pretty far before you have to worry about it falling out on its own. In our vertical pull out test it was discovered that when held vertically, the S-pen can be pulled out almost a half inch before having to worry about losing it. This basically means you won’t have to worry about the pen falling out unless you pull it past “UNG” on the SAMSUNG inscription.
Watch the full vertical pull-down test below:
Bottom line, if the S-pen does pop out, it will require a bit more force to be subject to loss but it is possible the pen could get caught on something when pulling it out, which could cause it to fall and break. Having a push-to-eject S-pen soon becomes one of those moments where you don’t realize what you’ve got ’till it’s gone, I want my old S-pen back.