The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is – alongside its siblings Vanilla S21 and S21 + – currently on the market. And from the first impressions we’ve come across so far, the phone seems like a winner. A beautiful 120 Hz AMOLED display, a first-class processor, impressive cameras and feature-rich software. Honestly, what’s not to like here (aside from that staggering price, of course)? The biggest trick up the phone’s sleeve, however, is to support pen input.
Unfortunately, a pen is not supplied with the device. In case you’ve bought the Samsung flagship and want to get the most out of its newfound feature, we’ve rounded up the best options for Galaxy S21 pens:
The best pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra is of course the one that Samsung launched alongside the device. It is sold separately and does not have the click mechanism of the S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note 20 series. It’s also bigger and doesn’t have Bluetooth support.
Are you looking for something bigger that offers a more natural pen-like grip for maximum convenience when drawing a doodle or jotting down? The official S Pen for the Galaxy Tab S7 Duo with its magnetically attaching trick is just the right option for you.
The prodigal son is here at last. The classic Galaxy Note pen is unbeatable, and the one that came with the Galaxy Note 20 is the most advanced in any known form factor. You get the clicking top head and also support bluetooth and air gestures.
It features an anodized, matte black aluminum construction with Wacom EMR technology at its heart, and offers an adjustable key combination, 4,000 pressure levels and a palm rejection trick.
For those who are a fan of Staedlar’s accessories or just love the feel of the classic yellow striped pen, the Staedler Noris pen offers just that with a digital touch.
Nothing beats the fit of a wooden pen with its geometrically sharp lines in our fingers, and the Wacom Hi-Uni digital pen does just that with cutting-edge technology.
The Wacom One Pen is one of the best looking digital pens on the market and supports pressure sensitivity and tilt detection. It also has a programmable shortcut key and a battery-free design.
That concludes our list of the best Galaxy S21 pen recommendations. Personally, I would recommend the official Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G S-Pen, which Samsung launched alongside the device. Although Air Gesture and Bluetooth are not supported, at least in the official case you can dock it instead of carrying it in your hands or pockets, where the risk of misplacement or loss is very high. Plus, I’m actually digging the slightly larger footprint as it makes the pen more comfortable to use than the relatively thin pen you get with the Galaxy Note series phones.
And if I were to choose a pen outside of Samsung’s own product ecosystem, I would immediately choose the Lamy AL-Star EMR Digital Pen Stylus. It has a great design with a housing made of anodized matt black aluminum. There’s a plastic handle for a more ergonomic feel, while the clip ensures it clips easily to your pants or shirt like a regular pen. It has a keyboard shortcut and supports 4,000 levels of print detection. In addition, the batteries do not need to be charged or replaced.
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