Are S Pen and nibs interchangeable?

S Pens for phones and tablets are interchangeable.

You can use S Pens made for Samsung phones on Samsung tablets that support the S Pen, and vice versa.


The nibs are also interchangeable. So you can buy any S Pen nibs online and use them on any S Pen.


There are different types of S Pen nibs though. The original nibs from Samsung S Pen actually comes with a rubber/matte texture tip on the nib. It's difficult to see but it's there to provide the extra friction, or maybe it's there to dampen the tapping sound while writing.


The S Pen nibs sold online are just plastic nibs with hard plastic tips. If you want the rubber/felt tip, you'll have to get the original Samsung S Pen nibs.


In terms of writing and drawing performance, there's not much difference between the non-original vs original nibs. The hard plastic tips are slightly smoother, which is better for writing.


The S Pen nibs are too long for the Staedtler Noris Digital in case you're wondering. You can still write but you won't want the nib to break because it's difficult to get a broken nib out from the holder.

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hi,

hi,

I like your webste and all the reviews!

I have both the note 9 phone and the S8+ tablet.
I like the note 9 s-pen way better, which surprises me.
the note s-pen nib is better, it still has the right subtle amount of drag (friction) but not as much as the S8 s-pen. In Europe, Samsung give 3 extra nibs for the phones, 2 have the rubbery tip, which is brilliant, and 2 have a hard tip (like the apple pencil) which I don't like (too noisy tapping sound and zero drag, which makes it possibly better for people with a screen protector)

do you have recommendations on nibs?
on reddit, someone suggesting a metal nib with a screen protector but didn't provide any reference.

Are the non-bluetooth/etc

Are the non-bluetooth/etc features of S-pens backwards compatible? I have one of the original Note tablets and I'm curious if only those S-pens from that generation would work or any of the later ones would too.

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