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Samsung Galaxy NotePro 12.2 (Part 1)

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Samsung’s latest tablet is certainly the biggest we’ve ever seen, but is it the best?

With the rate that Samsung churns out tech, you’d be forgiven for overlooking one of its multitude of mobile devices.

Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 inches Hands-on

Samsung Galaxy Note PRO 12.2 inches Hands-on

With the NotePro 12.2, you'd have to be wearing a blindfold to miss it. Sporting a display oyer a foot long it's one of the biggest tablets we've ever seen, easily getting itself apart from high-end rivals and Samsung's own identikit white slabs.

Screen

With such an eye-catching display, it's a good thing the NotePro 12.2 has the resolution to back it up: 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, which equates to a density of 255 pixels per inch. That might not sound like a lot compared to your smartphone's display, but the new iPad Air's screen is a whole 3.5 inches smaller and only packs in an extra 9ppi. The NotePro 12.2 looks very sharp and incredibly vibrant too - particularly with the backlight cranked all the way up.

The huge display has other benefits besides the increase in pixels. Its vast width means that when browsing websites via Chrome, you get an almost desktop-like experience, with sites showing their lull contents in original format and aspect ratio.

The 12.2” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display means more of everything

The 12.2” WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display means more of everything

It's also a fantastic way to watch video, and if you have a long commute, then the NotePro 12.2 could make it a whole lot more bearable. The same goes for games, although more processor-intensive, fully 3D games see a noticeable drop in frame rate compared to on a smartphone. This could be down to a number of factors, most likely poor optimization on the part, of game developers to take into account such a large resolution. It could also be-down to the NotePro 12.2's 'octo-core' processor.

Performance & Processor

See, the thing is that the NotePro 12.2 doesn't have a true octo-core processor; it actually combines two quad-core processors. It's still an incredibly powerful device, as its 3GB of RAM shows, and it breezes through most tasks - simpler games such as Jetpack Joyride run perfectly. But don't be fooled into thinking its chipset will blow the competition away.

It does, however, sit comfortably at the top of the pile as one of the most powerful tablets out there.

Design & Build

This power does come at a price, though. As you might have suspected, the NotePro 12.2 is not the most mobile of tablets. Its giant screen, combined with all of its fancy innards, mean it weighs a superheavyweight 750g. That's 272g-more than a third -heavier than the iPad air and 88g' more than the iPad with Retina Display. The fact that Apple decided to redesign its tablet, which was already lighter than the NotePro 12.2, to reduce its weight, tells you just how heavy this device is.

It’s not all bad, though. The sheer surface area of the NotePro 12.2 means it’s impressively thin at 7.95mm, which is only 0.45mm deeper than the iPad Air. Its four-sided bezel isn’t too fat either, and while it might look like most other Samsung devices, the faux leather backing is a surprisingly nice touch. Just don’t expect to be able to use it one-handed like you might be accustomed to; you’ll have to find a surface to rest it on, or spend your time straining, hunched over your lap.

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO has all you need for work and entertainment

Samsung Galaxy NotePRO has all you need for work and entertainment

Apps & Software

To some extent, that doesn’t really matter. This is a tablet designed, first and foremost, with business in mind. There’s a wealth of business-oriented apps and widgets pre-loaded including Businessweek+, Cisco WebEx Meetings and Samsung e-Meeting. There’s even Hancom Office, Samsung’s answer to Microsoft’s Office suite, meaning you can look over your documents and presentations on the go. There’s also the infinitely useful Remote PC application, which allows you to access your home computer via your tablet wherever you have an internet connection, meaning no more forgotten articles or missing presentation slides.

 

 

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