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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Review

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Camera

Pretty good 8 MP camera makes for decent photos and video recording, but shooting with the large slate is unwieldy

The 8 MP camera on the rear of the NotePRO is of the auto focus variety, and comes accompanied by an LED flash. Featuring zero shutter lag, it takes advantage of the numerous shooting and scene modes the typical Samsung camera interface offers, such as Panorama, HDR, Sports, Night and so on. You also get a 2 MP front-facing shooter, which does 720p video recording.

The photos come out nice, with amount of detail akin to the resolution. Contrast seems to receive a slight boost in Auto mode, compared to the actual scene, resulting in more intensive colors, and overall frame that often appears a tad underexposed. When you shoot contrasting scenes, we'd recommend to use the Rich Tone (HDR) mode of the tablet, which does a fine job of toning down bright objects, and highlighting the shadows at the same time.

Indoors the tablet also performs well, with accurate color presentation, and minimal blur when you hold the tablet steady. Visible noise creeping up only in the darkest of scenes, and the LED flash does a decent job illuminating the scene from a five feet distance.



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Camera speed

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Apple iPad Air 2.9
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Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 3.5
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The NotePRO records 1080p video with 30fps, and the footage stays fluid regardless of the light around, without noticeable artifacts. Exposure compensation is fast when you pan around with the tablet, but shooting video with a 12-incher is, needless to say, a funky experience.


Multimedia


The gallery offers a split-screen view with folders on the left, and their content shown in grid preview on the right. The tablet offers very rich editing options, which are enhanced with stylus-friendly features to draw and annotate on your photos.

Your tunes catalog gets a new, minimalistic tabbed layout in a conservative, but very readable black and white color scheme. The player's controls themselves have received a minimalistic redraw, too, those these keep Samsung's blueish color scheme. The NotePRO has a number of sound modes and equalizer presets, while the two stereo speakers on the sides are powerful, but the output is not particularly full or clean.

Most manufacturers stopped support for DivX-encoded videos recently, and Samsung is no exception. You can play MKV and Xvid videos in up to 1080p resolution with the NotePRO's stock player, but not DivX ones. That can be easily remedied with a trip to the Play Store, though. Video playback looks beautiful on the huge and luminant high-res display, so watching movies or other footage is one of the selling points for this tablet.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
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Apple iPad Air 0.98
Sony Vaio Tap 11 0.55
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 0.44
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 0.44
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Apple iPad Air 77
Sony Vaio Tap 11 79
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 77
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 75
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posted on 21 Feb 2014, 06:07 5

1. vincelongman (Posts: 1042; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Really great tablet, but at that price you could get a laptop or hybrid

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:25 7

4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not as thin, light and long lasting though, not with a Wacom digitizer either. And most absolutely NOT with that kind of EPIC screen.

Let's fact it, the next super-hires device with that sort of multitasking, productivity, thin frame and ~10hr of screen time costs thrice as much minimum.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:06 1

22. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


False about the thinner, lighter and longer lasting battery. Bay Trail-T tablets are lighter and the battery life is just as long. Asus T100 only costs $400 with tablet and keyboard, not to mention full Windows 8.1.

Surface Pro 2 has Wacom digitizer and can be had for $899 which is more pricey, but it comes with a Core i5 and full Windows 8.1.

And other equivalent devices don't cost three times as much.Your facts are just all completely wrong.

You want to open up multiple apps in windows? There's already an OS for that - it's called Windows.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 01:08

29. R-vjn (Posts: 161; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Can you seriously compare this with a laptop..???

No man, just not yet, especially with those internals...

A laptop lacks a lot of things which are in a tablet or a phone these days, like a great high-res camera a high pixel density display (exceptions are there, but considering the cost). But c'mon my friend, a laptop and its benefits far exceeds a tablet's, be it raw power, the workability and especially regarding true productivity.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 06:09 3

2. nightfox11 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Great review, please make a comparison between this and the Surface Pro 2.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:05 5

3. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Almost really good... Until u realize itr a sammy product... Which means u'll have to live with touchwiz... Thats when you say no thanks!

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:38 2

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1325; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


3rd party launchers and apps are the solution.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:09

23. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


If you don't mind voiding the warranty on your $750 device, then sure, go for it!

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 13:15 1

28. KFear (Posts: 137; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Launchers don't void warranties. Have you been to the play store yet? Launchers are everywhere and Android is open source.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 09:37 3

11. tmcr7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


It's not Touchwiz. It's the brand new Magazine UX.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 10:51 2

14. Bioload25 (Posts: 193; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Its no diferent,since you cant disable it and it does slow down often.. --'

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 14:43 2

15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2940; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


So you've used the new Magazine UX to know this right?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:14 1

25. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Read any review of the new Magazine UX and the editor will always mention lag.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 05:46 2

19. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


lolololololol its touchwiz bro.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 08:13

24. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


It's not Touchwiz. It's Touchwiz on steroids.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:39 2

5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


... Might as well get the Lenovo helix or surface pro 2, Js. Real productive...

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 07:53 3

6. bucky (Posts: 1341; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


That's exactly what I'm thinking.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 08:05

7. rodelarode (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


I am confused between Note 10.1 2014 edition and Note PRO 12.2. If after kitkat update note 10.1 and 12.2 gets identical features then I do not want such a huge one. Anyone can help me to choose?

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 09:07

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You essentially answered your own question. Once the 10.1 (2014) gets the update, the only difference will be the size. Not sure if the 10.1 will have 4 simultaneous windows though. Depends on whether or not they added it

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 09:13

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


for 4.4 or for the largest size tab.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 10:20

13. rodelarode (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


Thanks for you quick reply mate. But I have no problem for bigger screen. All I care about is features of OS. But if 10.1 and 12.2 become identical after kitkat update I do not want to pay $200 more for 2.1" more screen size.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 21:58

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


You're also paying for more internal storage. The base model of the 12.2 is 32GB, whereas the base model of the 10.1 is 16GB.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 08:30

20. rodelarode (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


In my country I am getting 32 GB 10.1 in $800 but For 32GB 12.2 I will need to spend $1000-1100.

posted on 22 Feb 2014, 11:41

21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Wow, that's a big difference. Here, 16GB 10.1 is $550 & 32GB 12.2 is $750. If I had the cash to spend, I'd go for the 12.2, but not if the difference was any more than that.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 09:05

26. rodelarode (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)


finally bought 10.1 2014 edition note. I am loving it

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:19

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Nice! Glad to hear it.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 09:59

12. sonisoe (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 May 2009)


the difference between this and tab pro is the stylus ??

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 21:59 1

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2117; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Exactly.

posted on 21 Feb 2014, 18:56 1

16. fireblade (Posts: 660; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


I want this

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Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
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3072 MB RAM
Size11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches
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