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Sorry, Galaxy Note 10.1: Tablet Owners Slam Stylus

Galaxy Note 10.1's defining feature, the S Pen stylus, isn't popular with a majority of young tablet users, who call the accessory "outdated," survey says.

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More than half of respondents to a poll said that they wouldn't buy a tablet that came with a stylus. Why not? The stylus is a "completely unnecessary" accessory that makes a tablet "look outdated."

The poll, conducted by CouponCodes4u.com, researched tablets and how they are used by some 2,000 Americans aged 21 to 35. The goal of the study was to gauge opinions on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and whether the stylus would enhance the tablet experience or hinder it.

All of the respondents were current tablet owners: 61% claimed to have an iPad, 33% claimed to have an Android-based tablet, and (shockingly) 4% claimed to have a Research In Motion PlayBook. (What, no HP TouchPads out there?)

When polled about their feelings on tablets that come with a stylus, 53% of respondents said they would not buy a tablet that comes with one. But still 41% said they would, and the remaining 6% said it depended on whether or not the stylus was vital to that particular tablet's user experience.

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Digging deeper into consumers' feelings about the stylus, CouponCodes4u.com found that 67% of those respondents who were against the stylus called it "completely unnecessary." Worse, 31% said the stylus made the tablet "look outdated." Last, 22% voiced concerns that they would lose the stylus altogether.

On the flip side, the 41% of users who said they would buy a tablet with a stylus believed that it would be of use for text input (67%); liked the idea of imitating pen and paper (12%); and believed it could help reduce repetitive strain Injuries.

There's some bad news for the Galaxy Note 10.1. According to the poll, only 31% of current Android tablet users said they would buy it.

"Following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, with added stylus pen, we were intrigued to discover what consumers thought of this latest addition to the tablet market," said Mark Pearson, Chairman of CouponCodes4u.com. "Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans were turned off by the idea and even went as far as to say they were completely unnecessary."

It wouldn't be fair to Samsung, however, if we didn't point out at least one flaw in the poll. The age range of those polled is far too narrow. CouponCodes4U.com conducted this survey in the 21 to 35 age bracket. More, shall we say, experienced tech users might feel differently about the stylus. I would like to see an expanded poll on this topic that includes users aged 21 to 59.

What do you think about the stylus? Is it "unnecessary"? A "turn off"? Or are you intrigued by the idea of using one on a tablet?

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