Samsung has launched another version of the Galaxy Note. This time the new kid on the block is the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, a 12.2-inch Android tablet complete with the S-Pen.
You probably won’t be surprised to read this, but the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro isn’t all that different from the previous Samsung Galaxy Note tablets, or even the previous Samsung Galaxy Tabs for that matter. The Note Pro 12.2 is very much a new sizing option to the Note range, and not a lot more than that.
The first thing that you notice when you pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is that it's really is big. Those two extra inches don’t sound like much when you read them on the specs sheet, but when you have the device in your hands you really do notice it. Is this a good thing?
That depends on what you want to use your tablet for; the average person wants to use tablets for surfing the web, watching videos and playing games, but as the name “Pro” suggests, this is not designed for casual use on your sofa or commute to work. In short, unless you’re specifically looking for a massive tablet with tons of power, it’s wise to look for a more of a traditional consumer tablet.
However, if it’s a big tablet that you are looking for then the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro has a lot to offer, especially as it’s a device that is built with the Galaxy Note pedigree. If you’re familiar with the current Note range, then you don’t have to work hard visualise the Note Pro 12.2, it can be described as simply as ‘a bigger version of the previous Notes’. Samsung has kept the leather rear finish, metallic rim and super clear LCD capacitive touchscreen.
The device feels surprisingly light and balanced in your hands – even though it weighs 750g - and can be held with one hand for a reasonable amount on time before it starts to ache. The leather rear finish offers good grip while managing to feel solid and well built at the same time.
In terms of actual usage, the Note Pro is exactly as you’d expect. It opens and closes apps efficiently, and navigation around the home screen and apps menu is fast and responsive to the touch. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is available with 32GB and 64GB storage, so there is ample space for file storage. Annoyingly though, Samsung’s own Note software/bloatware takes up a whopping 6.5GB of you internal memory, and cannot be deleted from the device, so you are essentially buying a 25.5GB or 58.5GB device.
One feature of note (excuse the pun) is the Multi Window mode that lets you have four screens open on your screen at the same time - this really makes use of the 12.2-inch screen well and we can see it being used well when you are using the tablet from day to day.
The Note Pro 12.2 also sports the new Magazine UX instead of Samsung’s traditional TouchWhiz UI. The Magazine UX is essentially a home screen that is quartered with personalised information in each home screen quad. The Magazine UX is obviously designed to offer as much information as possible as soon as the user switches on the tablet, but despite the Note Pro 12.2’s big display it still feels too busy and a bit like information overload.
The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 are top of the range, the 2560 x 1600 TFT LCD display is dazzling, add to that 3GB of RAM; an 8MP rear-facing camera & a 2Mp front-facing camera; a 9,500mAh battery; Android Kitkat 4.4 and you’ve to the blueprints to a big screened tablet with a lot of power.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a tablet that is pretty much on its own in the Android market, that said it appears very well built and packed full of interesting software. It’s not a tablet that we can recommend for the average user, but if there is much of a market out there for powerful big screened tablets then the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is going to be leading the charge.