Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 ReviewSamsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 8
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
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Review - Battery and Conclusion
|Display||12.2 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (247 ppi) Super Clear LCD|
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
3 GB RAM
|Size||11.64 x 8.03 x 0.31 inches|
(295.6 x 204 x 7.95 mm)
26.56 oz (753 g)