Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Review
With a 9500 mAh, Samsung's Galaxy NotePRO is quoted to last 10 hours of video playback on a charge. That is above average for an Android slate, so you can rest assured it will get you through a whole day at the office, or on the go when you are away from a charger. Indeed, when we finished our battery testing procedure on the NotePRO, the recorded result was excellent. Samsung's tablet climbed to the top of our battery endurance chart, beating narrowly the previous record holder in tablet land - Apple's iPad Air.
Samsung was rumored for a while to enter the 12” tablet arena, and it did indeed, with the NotePRO, and the Tab Pro 12.2. Betting on the large display, that allows easier multitasking, and the additional input options granted by the S Pen stylus, Samsung says that the NotePRO offers PC-like productivity.
However, with grand screen size comes grand weight – anything over a pound or so is considered too heavy in the days of the iPad Air and Tablet Z fashion models, while the NotePRO weighs almost two.
The big and heavy slate is thus limited in portability, which is the whole point of carrying around a tablet. When you tack on cases, keyboard folios or other accessories, you might be better off with a Win 8.1 ultrabook, or convertible, some of which weigh less than a NotePRO with a keyboard, like Sony's Vaio PRO line, and offer more.
Samsung has priced the basic NotePRO at the respectable $749, and the price will climb up should you go for the LTE version. You can save a hundred, and get the Tab PRO 12.2, which has the same size and specs, but doesn't sport an S Pen stylus, and has 16 GB of storage, so it's not really worth the sacrifice, if you'll be lugging around a two-pound slate anyway.
A more functional alternative would be the Sony Vaio Tap 11, starting at $800, which weighs as much, and sports a keyboard plus a stylus. Its battery life is half that of the NotePRO, though, and pixel density is less, but it comes with desktop-grade Windows, not to mention the 128 GB of storage.
If a 12-inch tablet defeats the purpose for you, going down to the 10” realm will reveal plenty of excellent slates with more manageable footprint. In the $400-$500 range you can get most good Android or iOS slates, like the iPad Air, or Samsung's own Note 10.1, if you have to have a tucked-in S Pen.
If your job or hobby requires a pretty large tablet display that is still somewhat portable, the NotePRO might entice you with its excellent suite of apps and multitasking abilities, with its high-res display, and S Pen stylus modes. For most users, however, it seems destined to stay a niche device.
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- Large high-resolution display
- S Pen stylus adds extra input options
- Excellent battery life
- Rich suite of multitasking modes like Multi Window and Pop-up View
- Tablet-oriented Magazine UX interface
- Good photos and video recording
- Much larger and heavier than your average tablet
- Price tag puts it in the category of Windows 8.1 convertibles
1. vincelongman (Posts: 1015; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Really great tablet, but at that price you could get a laptop or hybrid
4. _Bone_ (Posts: 2106; 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.
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.
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.
2. nightfox11 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Great review, please make a comparison between this and the Surface Pro 2.
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!
8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1312; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
3rd party launchers and apps are the solution.
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!
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.
11. tmcr7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)
It's not Touchwiz. It's the brand new Magazine UX.
14. Bioload25 (Posts: 190; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Its no diferent,since you cant disable it and it does slow down often.. --'
15. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2938; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
So you've used the new Magazine UX to know this right?
25. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Read any review of the new Magazine UX and the editor will always mention lag.
24. geodude074 (Posts: 67; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
It's not Touchwiz. It's Touchwiz on steroids.
5. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1668; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
... Might as well get the Lenovo helix or surface pro 2, Js. Real productive...
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?
9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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
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.
17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.
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.
21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2116; 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.
26. rodelarode (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Feb 2014)
finally bought 10.1 2014 edition note. I am loving it
12. sonisoe (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 May 2009)
the difference between this and tab pro is the stylus ??
|Display||12.2 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (247 ppi) Super Clear LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Quad core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3072 MB RAM
|Size||11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches|
(295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
26.56 oz (753 g)