Samsung Slim S Pen Case Fingers-on—Not for Everybody

You’d suppose that, with as a lot because the Galaxy Z Fold 5 prices, Samsung would throw in a stylus for good measure. Sadly, the $1,800 book-like foldable that opens right into a pill has no accompanying S Pen just like the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. If any system may benefit from the S Pen, it’s the Fold 5’s internal 7.6-inch show.

The S Pen is an adjunct for the Z Fold 5, simply because the Apple Pencil is a peripheral for its pill ecosystem. However it’s laborious to consider it that means when the Galaxy S23 Extremely already has it embedded contained in the chassis.

Samsung despatched me its latest Slim S Pen Case not solely to guard their evaluate unit but additionally so I might take a look at the S Pen on a foldable. I haven’t had a lot expertise with the stylus outdoors the Galaxy S22/23 Extremely, however I can already inform that this isn’t one thing I might use regularly sufficient to justify the fee. The case is an additional $100, which is kind of a bit of money on prime of the already exorbitantly-priced Z Fold 5. Nevertheless, it’s not more than shopping for the Apple Pencil for the iPad, which that might price upwards of $2,200. And just like the Apple Pencil, it is best to solely purchase the S Pen case in your foldable should you plan to make use of it.

The Slim S Pen case is 27% slimmer than its predecessor.
Picture: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

Since that is my first time with Samsung’s S Pen case for its foldables, I used to be unaware of the dire scenario earlier than this present iteration. 9to5Google says the S Pen case for the Z Fold 3 was a “travesty,” whereas the one meant for the Z Fold 4 added pointless bulk. This time, Samsung guarantees a 27% slimmer expertise, because it’s shaved off a little bit of the S Pen to sit down extra flush on the again of the case. To date, it’s skinny sufficient that I hardly discover it’s there when it’s docked.

The S Pen Case is available in two items for the front and back of the Z Fold 5. The again piece contains a slot for the stylus to reside and provides a little bit of a bumper across the triple digicam array. The opposite piece of the S Pen Case goes on the entrance of the Z Fold 5. It’s thicker than most Fold instances are for this facet of the system, however it nonetheless requires adhesive strips to remain affixed to the display screen.

The Slim S Pen case does are available quite a lot of colours. Samsung despatched me the black one, however there’s a white one with a reasonably peach S Pen and a sky blue case with a lime inexperienced S Pen. I might contemplate the lighter-colored variants due to the fingerprint marks I’ve left on the black case are garish. It took me some time to clean them out and put together the Z Fold 5 for pictures.

A photo of the Z Fold 5

The S Pen resides in its personal little housing unit on the again of the case.
Picture: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

The S Pen resides inside its personal little housing on the again of the Slim S Pen Case. Whenever you’re prepared to make use of it, flick down the tab that holds it into place, and it pops out. It’s simpler to do that when the Z Fold 5 is closed than when splayed open in pill mode. Not like the Galaxy S23 Extremely, the place the S Pen pops out of the underside of the case, the S Pen on the Z Fold 5 pops outward, which suggests there’s a propensity for it to hit the ground.

The S Pen expertise on the Z Fold 5 is identical Samsung expertise as on the Galaxy S23 Extremely. Press the facet button on the stylus, and a menu pops up on the display screen with varied choices, together with creating a brand new word, writing on the display screen, or highlighting a sentence to translate. There’s additionally the Good Choose characteristic, my favourite as a result of it lets you choose a portion of a video and switch it into an animated GIF. I’ve already made numerous animations from the music movies in my TikTok feed. Now shitposting is simpler than ever.

A photo of the Z Fold 5

Drawing with the S Pen is simple, however it’s not one thing I intuitively need to do with the system.
Picture: Florence Ion / Gizmodo

However I noticed after making too many GIFs that I don’t want the S Pen to do all that. Samsung will allow you to benefit from options like Good Choose should you add the shortcut to the Edge panel, a little bit tab that stands proud on the appropriate facet of the interface on the within of the Z Fold 5.

Whereas I just like the S Pen for the Z Fold 5 greater than the one on the Galaxy S23 Extremely, I can see now why Samsung didn’t bundle this in by default. The stylus is sweet to have, however it’s not for everybody. Just like the Apple Pencil, the S Pen is nothing greater than an added additional. Sure, it’s good to benefit from the expansiveness of the within show. However it prices $100 for a case that provides fairly a little bit of density to an already heavy system that weighs down my pockets. When you actually need a pen for artistry, I might recommend the Apple Pencil-esque S Pen Pro as a substitute, which prices the identical however is large enough that it received’t disappear in a pencil pouch. At the very least this manner, you’ve got an adjunct that’s the width and the load of a pen with out including bulk to your foldable.

 

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