Adult coloring books are the new, hot trend. Take the concept that helps grown-ups disengage from their stressful lives to their Galaxy Note and take time out with colorful games. It’s not an actual coloring app in a sense you don’t actually scribble in colors. Instead, you choose which color goes on the painting. Just tap the spot to add it in. Nonetheless, it’s pretty fun. There are many drawings, ranging from Rom dots to classic works of art. As always, you can upgrade with additional color tools through an in-app purchase.

     Colorfy: Coloring Book Games (free)

Evernote – Note Organizer

   Evernote – Note Organizer

HandWrite Pro Note & Draw

This is a good solution if you’re looking for a vector-based drawing app. It has a lot of tools for manipulating images, along with the standard pen input that puts the stylus to work. While the app is free, a premium package allows you to export files in SVG format for later editing on the desktop. Another option is a calligraphic pen. If you want to turn your Galaxy Note into a showcase for your calligraphy skills.

   HandWrite Pro Note & Draw

Squid: Take Notes, Markup PDFs

Squid because squids make ink, get it? Lets you jot down notes as you would in a notebook. Okay, there are plenty of apps that do that. But Squid goes a step further. You can mark up PDFs and export them as PDFs, too. You can import images and draw shapes. Perhaps best, you can broadcast your device like a whiteboard using Miracast or Chromecast. Everything is vector-based, so notes remain small and zoom perfectly to any device.

Handwriting Input The promise of the S-Pen is that you can do more handwriting on your phone. The recently-launched Handwriting Input keyboard is a perfect companion if you like popping out the stylus frequently. It’s a full-blown Android keyboard that translates your handwriting into text. It even recognizes cursive, though you’ll have to take a user’s word for it since technology killed that skill for me long ago. This could be great for kids still learning their way around the keyboard or for those who still prefer to write things out. It also switches back to the main keyboard with one press of the globe icon.

One of the best things about a stylus is being able to quickly doodle on your phone. You have all the drawing equipment you need with you at all times! But what if you don’t know how to draw? There’s nothing like using your stylus-equipped phone to build a new skill, right? The How to Draw app takes you through some basic skills needed to turn your awful doodles into recognizable objects.

    How to Draw – Easy Lessons (free)

Sketchbook A sketching app is perfect for the Galaxy Note, and Sketchbook doesn’t disappoint. If nothing else, it’s a great way to re-introduce doodling into your life, which is always helpful when you’re stuck in a boring meeting. It gives you a blank slate and nearly limitless color choices for your creations. You can zoom in up to 2500 percent, which, combined with the S-pen, can give you some great precision. If you want to do more than make terrible drawings of golf courses, then consider the pro tools for $3.99. You get 100 preset pencils, pens, markers, and brushes, along with several workflow guides, like rules radical options. You can back up your creations if you connect the app to Dropbox. Snapseed Recently resurrected its Snapseed photo editing app from dormancy, it’s perfect for whipping up some quick edits with your S-Pen. You can add a quick filter for Instagram or use the stylus for more precise editing with a brush, spot repair, tool, or other methods for tinkering. Snapseed is by no means the only capable photo editor, with other great choices like Lightroom and Autodesk Pixlr out there. But if you want an excellent, free solution that plays nice with your photos, then you’ll be delighted with Snapseed. Once everything goes with an app like this, it tends to elevate its feature set pretty quickly, so keep an eye out for new tools. MyScript Adobe Fill & Sign: Easy PDF Doc & Form Filler Don’t get annoyed the next time you get an email; it requires an actual signature. Just whip out the S-Pen, and make sure you have this app from Adobe. Once you create a signature, the app will insert it into the right place on any file. You can also create a form-fill profile to quickly insert the information into all those lengthy forms. Adobe Fill & Sign DC (Document Cloud) also lets you take a picture of a paper file to transform it into a digital version. Which you can then sign and send to whomever you need to.

    INKredible-Handwriting Note  (free)

VirtualTablet (S-Pen)

If you’re a teacher or do a lot of presentations, an app like Virtual Tablet can free you from being stuck behind the computer. The app can be used with desktop software, and your stylus turns into a mouse. Hover over your screen to move the mouse, and touch your Note to perform a click. It worked great on my Note 4 MacBook, which connected quickly by recognizing the address.There’s a free but ad-supported version if you want to try it out first.

   VirtualTablet (S-Pen) ($3.96)