This is one of those stories where I’m shocked anyone ran into the issue, and that it existed in the first place. If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, there’s a flaw in the design of the phone that could cause permanent damage if you’re not careful. What’s the issue? If you insert the S-Pen backwards, it’ll get stuck.
On the Note 5 the S-Pen has been changed to where it is placed inside and inline with the rest of the device. So unlike previous Notes, the S-Pen on the Note 5 will indeed slide into the slot backward. Once the pen reaches a certain point, it’ll get stuck and you’ll have two issues. First, the S-Pen is stuck and to remove it you’ll risk damage to it and possible your device. Second, pen detection on the phone will no longer work. That essentially means that if the pen doesn’t get stuck, you won’t be able to use it.
As expected, several users have “tested” this problem and experience the all too real results of the pen getting stuck. The guys over at Android Police took it upon themselves to test this out and in doing so got the results that were expected, the pen was stuck and the phone was slightly damaged. You can see that in the video below.
It also seems that Samsung knew about this issue before shipping the phone as it’s mentioned in their official manual for the Note 5.
This issue is certainly something Samsung wants to play down as so far their response has been essentially “don’t do that”. While we’re not saying everyone is going to run into this issue, it’s bound to happen eventually. This is something Samsung is going to need to fix whether that be through an S-Pen replacement or a full recall on the devices. Either way, what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!