Apple’s recent announcement has been eagerly awaited by many, with rumors of new iPads rife. However, the big reveal of the tech giant turned out to be the new Apple Pencil, a stylus designed for use with iPads, primarily for writing and drawing. Although this addition introduced a USB Type-C charging port, a long-requested feature, it also saw the removal of some features present in previous Apple Pencils. This move got me thinking about the underappreciated and underappreciated nature of the Samsung S Pen stylus, which comes as an accessory that comes with all compatible tablets.
The newly revealed Apple Pencil isn’t even included in the most expensive iPad models; it’s a $79 add-on purchase, making it the most affordable Apple Pencil available. The previous Apple Pencils, 1st generation, and 2nd generation, are priced at $99 and $129, respectively. While the Type-C charging port is a welcome addition, the removal of pressure sensitivity is a significant drawback, a feature retained in the 1st and 2nd generation Apple Pencils.
In stark contrast, Samsung ships the S Pen stylus with all of its Galaxy Tab devices compatible with the accessory. Even if you need to buy a replacement separately (in case of loss or damage), it’s reasonably priced at just $50 ($60 for premium tablets). That’s at least $20 cheaper than the cheapest Apple Pencil. Even other Android tablet manufacturers like OnePlus and Xiaomi don’t include a stylus with their devices.
Additionally, the basic Apple Pencil lacks pressure sensitivity, a standard feature of all S Pens that accompany Samsung tablets. While pressure sensitivity may not be key for everyone, it is a valuable tool for artists and creatives, allowing them to draw, sketch, and paint with precision. Samsung offers users the pre-installed Samsung Notes app for note-taking and drawing, or their free PENUP app for improving drawing and sketching skills.
Even the affordable $450 Galaxy Tab S9 FE features an S Pen that boasts high accuracy, tilt sensitivity, pressure sensitivity, a dedicated tool switch button, and IP68 dust and water resistance. It even magnetically attaches to the tablet for easy access and charging, a feature the new Apple Pencil lacks. Despite its array of features, Samsung includes the S Pen as a bundled accessory with its tablets, a fact that doesn’t get the recognition it truly deserves.
If you’re curious to see how the S Pen stacks up against the recently launched Galaxy Tab S9 FE, be sure to check out our comprehensive video below to witness its capabilities in action.