A phone with a stylus is pretty unique in this day and age, and comes with a few unique challenges. One of those is how it deals with someone accidentally (or not) trying to insert the stylus backwards. While that used to be an issue many moons ago, it hasn’t been one since the ill-fated for different reasons Galaxy Note7.
And we’re happy to report that nothing’s changed this year. You can still try to insert the S Pen backwards into the brand new Galaxy S23 Ultra, and it will go in only a little bit before stopping. Doing this results in zero damage to the stylus, and zero damage to the smartphone itself. The way everything’s designed also makes it very easy to instantly figure out that you’re trying to insert the S Pen the wrong way round.
Perhaps more disappointingly, another thing that hasn’t changed for the new S23 Ultra are the S Pen features. This device has the exact same ones as its predecessor.
The last time inserting a stylus backwards was a real problem was in 2015, when the Galaxy Note5 launched with a design flaw that did actually allow for the the S Pen to be inserted in reverse. Adding insult to injury, a small hook then prevented the stylus from ever coming out again. That’s ancient history now, though.
Our full, in-depth review of the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is almost ready to be published, so stay tuned. While you wait, don’t miss our battery life and charging test results!