Samsung’s Staedtler S Pen is more pencil-like than the Apple Pencil

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I never thought I’d say this in a million years, but Samsung made a stylus I actually want.

Alongside announcements for its new Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book tablets that come with the most advanced S Pen Samsung’s ever made, the company surprised everyone with a special edition Staedtler-branded S Pen that resembles the iconic black and yellow pencil.

Pencil-like design aside, the Staedtler S Pen works almost exactly like the S Pen that comes included with the new tablets. Hover the 0.7mm tip near the screen and the familiar Samsung Air Command bubble will pop up with a variety of features like Smart Select, Translate and Magnify.

The 0.7mm tip is just as precise as a real pencil.

The 0.7mm tip is just as precise as a real pencil.

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I tried the Staedtler S Pen on both the Tab S3 and the Galaxy Book for a hot second and it’s remarkable how pencil-like it is. It’s still got the regular S Pen’s 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and the slimmer design is more balanced in your hand. 

Though I didn’t have an Apple Pencil on hand to compare it with, I can honestly tell you it’s one of the best tablet styluses I’ve ever used. Plus, it just looks so damn cool.

It feels just like a real pencil. Really.

It feels just like a real pencil. Really.

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Green and black or yellow and black. Take your pick.

Green and black or yellow and black. Take your pick.

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There’s just one thing that disappoints about the Staedtler S Pen: It’s missing the regular S Pen’s button. Without it, there’s no way to use the useful “Screen-off memo” feature on the Galaxy Tab S3 that lets you write on the screen without needing to turn the entire tablet on. 

The Staedtler S Pen is missing the regular S Pen's button (pictured).

The Staedtler S Pen is missing the regular S Pen’s button (pictured).

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No "Screen-off memo" with the Staedtler S Pen. Booo.

No “Screen-off memo” with the Staedtler S Pen. Booo.

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Still, Samsung deserves props for the sweet collaboration. Call me whatever you want for geeking out over a stylus that looks like a Staedtler pencil because I don’t care — it’s awesome. 

Neither Samsung nor Staedtler are talking pricing or release yet, but fingers crossed it won’t cost $99 like the Apple Pencil. 



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