Galaxy Note 5 users, watch how you keep S Pen

THE Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is one of the best phablets you can buy right now, but a possible design flaw could result in permanent damage to the device.

Tech site Android Police discovered the problem, which occurs when the Note 5's S Pen stylus is inserted backwards into the device.

The correct way to store the S Pen is to slide the pointy end in first. But if you slide the blunt end in first, the S Pen will get jammed in the device and be stuck in the spring mechanism.

On previous Galaxy Note smartphones, it was impossible to store the S Pen in the wrong direction, as the tapered shape meant that it wouldn't fit. On the Note 5, however, it is easy to put the S Pen in backwards with almost no force required.

Once stuck, it is still possible to wiggle the pen free, but you may then find that the Note 5's S Pen detection features have stopped working.

Normally on the Note 5, removing the S Pen when the screen is off will launch a quick note-taking app, and removing it when the screen is on will launch the radial S Pen menu. However, in a video posted by Android Police, all these features stopped working after the S Pen was put in backwards.

On the matter, Samsung said: "We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 4G+ users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they are not experiencing such (an) unexpected scenario, caused by reinserting the S Pen the other way around."

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