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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RoadSuper, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    I'm just curious to see just how many people use a stylus with their Galaxy S3. I just got my iKross stylus off of amazon today. it is a fine tip just like the C-pen, but much cheaper and I'm sure not as perfect...right off the bat I can tell that about 25% of the time, it can't recognize the stylus so if it is a matter of the quality of this particular one, I might get the C-pen.

    Anyway, how many of you guys use a stylus, and if so, which one, and how do you like it?


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  2. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ±
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    I do not use one, my fingertip works fine. I think it would be difficult to keep track of where your pen is when you need it, unless you have a case that has a slot for it.
    I just find it quicker to just use my fat fingers:p
  3. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    Yeah I can understand that. I only got the stylus because it seemed cool, and I hate fingerprints all over the screen so I will see over a longer period of time how it turns out. fortunately almost all styli have pocket clips like real pens so that should hopefully make it easier to keep track of!

    I would think that at least a few GS3 users like a stylus! :)
  4. Mikestony

    Mikestony ~30% Carbon Black ±
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    Perhaps....I'm sure others will chime in.
    And I can see your point about fingerprints. I find myself constantly wiping the screen.:)
    However, just tonite, I put a Zagg protector on it...screen and back...we'll see how the fingerprint issue goes with that.
    I guess with a pen, it would be easier to type. I do find myself typing the wrong letter sometimes, but now I use the Swype keyboard.
    I guess it's a matter of preference. :)
  5. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    Yeah. I do like using my fingers because I can type much much faster that way, but that is about the only benefit that I personally have. With the stylus, I find it easier to type the correct keys (although being slower is the only downside). hitting small links without zooming in a crazy amount is also a nice bonus. of course the drawing for stuff like S Note reminders is great as well..only downside is that with any stylus, it is not 100% perfect and it will not always register with the screen, and when drawing there will be some skips here and there.
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  6. nimoxp

    nimoxp Well-Known Member

    I bought a pen awhile back, just to see how it worked, and it worked great. It did at times leave little circle marks, but they are great for finger print problems.

    Funny thing that you mentioned, I already lost my pen within a few weeks of owning one.:D

    Do I feel that it was useful enough to get another?>...Nah, Fingers work just fine.

    I have a number of cases and was looking for a sleek place to stash the pen, but never found one. Just no where to keep the pen.
  7. sdtag

    sdtag Well-Known Member

    I don't use one but my wife does because of her long fingernails.
    I bite mine so it's not an issue. haha
    The ends of my fingers are like a fat stylus.
    works for me.

    As far as fingerprints I just got in the habit of every time I pull the phone out of the holster I wipe it against my shirt on the way up to my greasy face. Same in reverse going back in.
  8. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Not me bro.
    Would my nieces note 10.1 s-pen work on my s3?
    Didnt even to think on xmas day.
    Id get right back into that "draw with friends" game if it works :)
  9. TadeoNYC

    TadeoNYC Well-Known Member

    I've been using cheapo stylus from an Amazon Hong Kong seller. I got 4 black ones dirt cheap. It's great to leave one in the kitchen so you don't have to wash or wipe your hands to answer calls or texts. I also use one to surf the web and read articles while I'm relaxing on the couch. That's why I bought them. My right thumb is jacked up from doing construction work and working as a chef, so one hand scrolling causes some discomfort after a few minutes. I use the Swype keyboard no problem with it.

    Two drawbacks are that I scratched my home screen and screen using it to press the home key, the other is that it is a big fat soft tip. However the tip always registers when it touches the screen, the back and menu buttons can be hard to hit though if you have them turned off like I do.
  10. nimoxp

    nimoxp Well-Known Member

    They sell cheapo ones at Wallgreens if anyone just wanna try it. They actually work really well. Many different color pens for a good price.

    I never scratched my phone with the cheap wallgreen versions, but I would suggest to be careful as it appears possible that these things can scratch(from post I just read above me).
  11. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    I don't get the point of using one, but I don't see how a rubber tip could scratch Gorilla Glass? Odd.
  12. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Im guessing the tip is pressure sensetive on these things and they communicate that pressure back to the device?

    To dude above, i didnt see point in them til i watched my niece on her N10.1 n it just works n makes sense, honestly man :)
  13. BroncoDroid

    BroncoDroid Newbie

    I don't use one for my SIII, I did for my tablet but not my phone. The use case just wasn't right.. It'd be another thing I would have to carry in my pockets and I didn't like that. My finger tip works just fine.
  14. john_g

    john_g Android Enthusiast

    A stylus on an S3 is just like having a smaller finger, unlike on devices like tablets and the Note II, which can interface with an intelligent stylus that transmits pressure levels etc. So, no, I've never bothered with one on my S3. I did think about getting a Note II because I thought I'd be able to use it as a graphics pad in conjunction with Photoshop running on my PC, but I was told that it wouldn't be possible.
  15. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    Yeah I do understand your guys' concerns with losing it, and I will have to use it for a while longer before I can tell for myself whether keeping it in my pocket is too much of a hassle.

    Funkylogik, as far as I know, if it is a stylus specifically designed for the Tablet, it will not work on the S3...it's kind of confusing, but if I am thinking correctly, the cheapo fat soft tip ones that are everywhere will work on all of the devices, but the ones specifically designed for each device only work on that device. for example, C-pen works *only* on S3, the S-pen works *only* on Note 2, etc etc.
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  16. ceva321

    ceva321 Android Enthusiast

    i love to use a stylus on my GS3..i use a Bamboo pen ...or the one pictured below..it came with my phone case...

    below is my phone

    qqqqqqqq copy by Ceva321, on Flickr
  17. phil75231

    phil75231 Well-Known Member

    I, too, got a set of four of them from a Hong Kong seller on eBay for a total (including shipping) of, like, $4. I keep one at work, one in my truck, one at home on the side table next to my recliner and one at home on my nightstand. I love them as I use them on both my phone and my Kindle Fire.
  18. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    I have seen those bamboo ones before. I am beginning to wonder if the lack of perfect response I am seeing with my stylus is just the quality or if they all would be like that, even the C-pen which is designed specifically for the S3. I do like the fine tip like the one i have and the C-pen in comparision to ones like the Bamboo or the HongKong ones :p
  19. fdbryant3

    fdbryant3 Android Expert

    I'd like to have one but unless I can get a case to store it in I won't be.
  20. Wisenos

    Wisenos Android Enthusiast

    i have the C-pen and works very well...
    the S-pen from the Tab, Note, Note II wont work with the S3
    as for c-pen to work with other devices (unless you press really hard on your screen or in some rare case works flawlessly with some nexus devices)
  21. Sparrow2012

    Sparrow2012 Member

    Does having a screen protector affect the sensitivity of these pens, pls?

    I have a C-pen, screen protector, but have given up using it as I didn't find it very good, didn't always activate keys when typing and too much of a delay when trying to write (only got the second half of the word).

    I'd like to be able to use it but now just use one of the smaller tip cheapie pens.

    Thanks for any advice
  22. TadeoNYC

    TadeoNYC Well-Known Member

    It scratched because the top is so soft when I pressed the home button the body of the stylus hit the phone. The home button has around ten small scratches and the glass next to it has a few tiny little nick like scratches next to it where there is no protector.

    The stylus works fine with the fairly thick screen protector my commuter came with.
  23. meyerweb

    meyerweb Android Enthusiast

    I got one to use outdoors, when I don't want to take my gloves off. Otherwise, I think I'd just as soon use my fingers.

    To answer an earlier question, no, these are not pressure sensitive. They work just like your finger does on a capacitive screen, but passing a very small current.
  24. RoadSuper

    RoadSuper Well-Known Member
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    I figured more people would be using a stylus :p although of course it'd be a small percentage of total GS3 users. I am just trying to decide of the C-pen would improve my results in comparison to this other stylus I got.
  25. nimoxp

    nimoxp Well-Known Member

    After my first reply to this thread, I actually find my self using a stylus all the time. It works so well, and get anal with having a clean screen and this works perfect at keeping it clean. Using the stylus has become second nature now.

    The problem was, before Walgreens was selling crappy ones where the rubber tip barely poked above a steel casing, making it difficult to use and leaving a possibility of scratches.

    They now sell much better ones (they are usually at the checkout line) where the entire tip is rubber. I bought a few cause I lose these things, but they work great.

    I'm not interested in the bulky big more expensive ones. I love the small ones that they sell. Works perfectly.

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