This $70 S Pen/case combo won't turn your S21 Ultra into a Galaxy Note
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This $70 S Pen/case combo won't turn your S21 Ultra into a Galaxy Note

It's functional, but clumsy.

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It seems more likely than ever that the Galaxy Note line as we know it is on its way out, and that's sure to be dire news for fans of the S Pen. Or will it? With the launch of this year's Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung is apparently trying to give its fan-favorite stylus a life of sorts beyond the Note — but you’ll have to find one yourself.

If you have an old Galaxy Note lying around, you’re golden — just pop that S Pen out and sketch away. If you don’t, you can buy a brand new one for $40 from Samsung, or shell out an extra $30 for a silicone case/S Pen bundle. That last option seems like the most comprehensive option because it gives Samsung’s stylus somewhere to live, but after living with it for a week… well, let’s say it’s been a mixed bag.

Mind you, that's not because of the S Pen itself. In fact, I actually really like this thing — it’s one of the most comfortable S Pens I've ever used. That comfort is all thanks to the S Pen's size. At just over four inches long, its heft and feel have more in common with a classic ballpoint than the diminutive stylus built into Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphones.

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