Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Preview
Taking pictures using a 12.2-inch tablet is weird. Yet, you do have an 8-megapixel camera, if you want to try.
Time has proven that people don’t shy away from taking images even with their large tablets, and that’s why it’s no surprise that Samsung has decided to include an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with a single LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera on the Tab Pro 12.2.
The camera application is quick to start and features the traditional Samsung UI with plentiful manual settings and shooting modes.
We have included some sample images and a video right below (and the quality is not impressive), but we are fairly certain that Samsung will improve on that camera hugely and the low quality is because of this being a non-final unit. Don't count out the camera on this tablet just yet.
You can get lost watching a movie on a 12-inch tablet.
The 12.2-inch screen is an absolute treasure for watching YouTube videos and full-on movies on the go. The screen makes for a truly immersive experience, and the built-in videos app managed to play most common formats (except for DivX-encoded files) with ease.
For music, you have both Samsung’s custom music app and the stock Play Music by Google. Both are great, but Samsung’s one has a bit more tweaks and settings that music geeks would love. Sound output via the two loudspeakers is not bad and there is a slight stereo effect, but the sound volume was surprisingly quiet – something we hope Samsung will improve in the final version of the tablet.
With a base price of $649.99 for the 32GB Wi-Fi-only model (we expect price of around $779.99 for the 32GB 4G LTE model), the Tab Pro 12.2 is - frankly put - expensive. With its new user interface, Samsung has also pushed Android in a brand new territory, that of business oriented devices. Question remains, though, whether all of its advanced functions like multitasking with four apps at the same time could run smoothly.
Right now, there is plenty of competition in the business-oriented tablet market. For the same money you pay for the Tab Pro 12.2, you can buy a basic ultrabook that would feature a much more powerful Core series Intel processor, a physical keyboard and full-on Windows 8 with support for legacy programs. The Microsoft Surface 2 with Windows RT - and with all its flaws – also looks much better suited for business users with its free Microsoft Office and OS-native multitasking. The iPad Air is another alternative with a much more vibrant app ecosystem (Android does not have that many great tablet apps), and it’s cheaper.
All in all, we think that Samsung is facing an uphill battle with this tablet. The larger screen size is an interesting experiment that might switch some people over, but we are not so certain when it comes to the UI and productivity part. Most of all, we doubt that the high price will go well with many users. Hopefully, though, Samsung will be able to pull it off, but for now we'd rather remain conservative until we get the final unit for review.