Steve Jobs said the best stylus is a finger. Samsung disagrees, và so bởi these apps

One of my favorite features of the Galaxy cảnh báo 4 (and one of the coolest things to happen to smartphones ever) is the S Pen. It"s not a stylus. Instead think of it as a smart, pressure sensitive accessory that"s paired with hardware & software on the cảnh báo 4 lớn make for a really good đầu vào device.

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With the chú ý 4, we see huge improvements (and real life improvements, not just spec-sheet mumbo jumbo) in the sensitivity of the S Pen và how smooth it works. It"s a great addition lớn any large-screen device, & one you really need to use khổng lồ appreciate.

Here are some great apps lớn use it & see!

We"re going to lớn start with a game, because Scribble Racer is a really cool and fun trò chơi that uses the S Pen — something we don"t see a lot of just yet. It"s delightfully simple, amazingly addictive, và incredibly fun. You use the S Pen to plot a course on a track as it scrolls by. Hit the wall và it"s trò chơi over. Of course, there are bonuses strategically placed in areas where you"ll hit the wall if you"re not careful, shaming you for your greedy ways.

Scribble Racer is free, but extra tracks can be bought with in-app purchases. Give this one a try, và blame me for all the time that will be wasted!

Download: Scribble Racer (Free; in-app purchases)

Autodesk SketchBook

SketchBook is pretty much the ultimate drawing tiện ích for Android, và a special S Pen enhanced version is available for không tính phí on your note 4.

You"ll find all the non-destructive drawing tools you need, each with its own settings lượt thích width & stroke, and in-app purchases let you buy pro cấp độ tools like layers and selection tools to lớn make creating your next masterpiece fun and easy. You"ve probably seen some of those videos where awesome people draw awesome things with the S Pen. This is the application most of them are using.

The tải về link below will get you a copy of SketchBook for any Android, but if you have a note 4 you"ll find a pre-installed stub in the Galaxy Apps section.

Download: Autodesk SketchBook (Free; in-app purchases)

S Pen Launcher

Pulling out the handy S Pen gives you a nifty little circular menu, filled with the things Samsung thinks you"ll want khổng lồ do, right on your screen. S Pen Launcher adds a custom thực đơn where you can define which shortcuts và applications are shown. It looks lượt thích any other folder, but it"s only shown when you pull out the S Pen. Once you see it, tap any icon khổng lồ jump straight to the associated task.

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Originally designed for the cảnh báo 2 and cảnh báo tablets, it works well on the lưu ý 3 and chú ý 4, too. You will have lớn either enable some ads in the settings panel or spend $0.99 as an in-app purchase to lớn enable unlimited additions khổng lồ the menu. If you"re looking for a way lớn jump right into certain apps when you remove the S Pen, this is the best way to vì it.

Download: S Pen Launcher (Free; ad-supported or in-app purchases khổng lồ unlock all features)


Normally, I would never recommend an ứng dụng that duplicates functions of an phầm mềm that is already preinstalled on your phone. I have to lớn make an exception for INKredible, though. It"s a handwriting & freeform drawing phầm mềm that makes the S Pen và glass screen experience almost as good as "real" pen and paper.

You have control over the virtual pen "nibs" (as well as a full selection of styles available through in-app purchases), deciding how thick or wet the writing will be. You also have precise controls for layouts and a full library feature. Best of all, things are saved as true vector graphics so they can be resized or printed.

This is the best ứng dụng for people who want to lớn get a little creative with their prose.

Download: INKcredible (Free; in-app purchases)

Adobe Photoshop Touch

The premier image editing software for both the PC and the Mac has been available for app android for quite some time. It really shines when paired with the cảnh báo 4"s S Pen.

Full-scale image editing right on your phone, including things lượt thích layers và magic brushes that Photoshop is known for. There"s a reason why all the pros use Photoshop.

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While the experience isn"t exactly the same — there"s no way even the biggest và best phone could handle everything included in the desktop version of Photoshop — the mobile offering, especially when paired with the precision of the S Pen, is very similar. You"re even tied into Adobe"s image cloud, and can hand off images from full-blown photoshop to lớn your phone. It"s powerful, and designed for people who need a powerful image editor.