Infinix Mobility released the Note 4 Pro with an Xpen stylus. Long-time Mobilista, Fred Akinrelere, shares his Infinix Note 4 Pro Xpen Experience after weeks of using it.
Update on my Infinix Note 4 Pro Xpen Experience
2nd November 2017: If you’ve read the post below, you know what my initial thoughts and experience were. I do have some great news now though. There was this recent OTA update to XOSv2.3 (got mine on October 24) and soon after installing the update, my xpen has been working again. I can’t say for certain if this was responsible for the fix but as I privately shared with Mr. Yomi Adegboye (Mister Mo), owner of this blog, when there was no difference immediately after the update, I had to push the xpen absolutely inside the slot and then it picked up… but I have since that time been inserting the xpen without making any extra effort and the device and xpen are both working without any issues.
I read through the readers comments and some of the thoughts were genuine concerns while others were just laughable. I’ll post a general response in the comments section to address some of those thoughts raised.
My Original Story
I am writing this under duress. Na, just kidding. But I shared my experience with the Infinix Note 4 Pro’s Xpen with Mister Mo. Despite my experience being different from his, he asked me to share it. So, here it is.
This short product review is about my personal experience with the Infinix Note 4 Pro (yeah, the one with the stylus aka Xpen). The review is specifically limited to the Xpen and not the general workings of the device (Mr. Mo. has already done that).
I can’t write an epistle if I hope to finish and post this, so I’ll just go straight to the point.
My experience with the Xpen in one word? SUCKS!
Yes that’s about right. So how have I arrived at this conclusion? Let me explain.
My Infinix Note 4 Pro Xpen Experience
- Oftentimes, the device doesn’t recognise when the xpen is inserted in the dedicated slot, the device won’t then be responsive to finger touch and after a while, you’ll get a message to re-insert the Xpen (so you don’t misplace it)
- Implication of the above is the Xpen not getting charged when inserted.
- As a result of No 2, the Xpen will eventually run out of power. As at the time of writing this post, my Infinix Note 4 does not recognize whether Xpen is inserted or not.
Guess the main challenge here is the ability to get the three charging dots/sensor aligned perfectly which is like probing in the dark as you can’t really see it once inside the slot.
My “solution” now is to get a pouch made for the twin – Note 4, disable the Xpen feature on the Pro version and use my device as I would a phone without stylus. Egbé̩ mi n lo Samsung Note 8, can’t come and have high BP on top this newbie.
This Xpen craziness not withstanding, I would still recommend the Infinix Note 4 Pro over the stylus-less Note 4 variant. The pro version has better RAM, ROM and battery life. You can check Mister Mo’s reviews of the two: Infinix Note 4 Review and Infinix Note 4 Pro With Xpen Review: Pro for Productivity?
Do you own the Infinix Note 4 Pro? What is your own experience with the Xpen been like? Do share in the comments section below.