Have you recently picked up a shiny new Galaxy Note 5? Do you love it? I’m sure you do but there’s something you need to be aware of. Do NOT, I repeat DO NOT, insert the S-Pen into the device backwards, you’ll wreck your phone!
One of the first tech sites to uncover the design flaw was Android Police who warns that inserting the S-Pen backwards may cause you to break the mechanism that detects when the phone is attached/detached. While I haven’t tried doing this myself, the guys at Android Police state that there really isn’t any more resistance inserting it backwards then putting it in properly which heightens the possibility of users doing this.
Samsung has issues a couple of statements regarding the issue but so far they’re pretty unhelpful. They simply advise you to follow their instructions and to insert the S-Pen properly. The guys at Android Police also suggest that Samsung may have known about the issue and chose not to fix it. Their evidence? The Note 5 user manual has very specific instructions to insert the pen with the “nib pointed inward.” The Note 4 user manual has no such instruction.
Hopefully this issue won’t be experience by many users but be careful nonetheless. It’ll be interesting to see if Samsung chooses to recall and/or redesign their flagship phablet.