Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note Pro review

Published on February 15th, 2014 | by Paul Edwards


Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2″ Review

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro is the first tablet to offer a huge 12.2 inch screen, which, when compared to the iPad Air’s 9.7” screen, is quite a jump up from the norm. It sports a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 247 pixels per inch, which compares well with Apples offerings. As with all Samsung tablets, it runs Android, this version being 4.4 KitKat, with a brand new ‘Magazine UX’ interface over the top and with not too much of Samsung’s usual bloatware.

This beast of a machine seems to be aimed at more power users, even though they’ve kept the awful faux leather on the back. Under the bonnet, it is packed with some class leading hardware, including a pair of quad-core processors running in tandem, one running at 1.9GHz and the other at 1.3GHz. This is backed up with 3GB of RAM and a Mali T628MP6 GPU. This provides more than enough grunt to run applications nice and fast, with multi tasking showing no signs of lag.

The Note Pro features a 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel on the front, which compares well to most smartphones, with both capable of 1080p video.

The Note Pro also comes with a S Pen stylus, which can be quite handy when used in conduction with apps like the S Note, or when editing photos etc.

With a UK price of £649, Samsung are trying to position the Galaxy Note Pro as their premium tablet, with great specs, an average battery life of 9 hours and a host of apps, either shipped or available through the Google Play store. The downside is that it doesn’t quite feel quite as premium as Apples offerings, and as you can purchase an iPad Air for less, it really does come down to whether you want the flexibility of the Play store and the added power for business type apps than the iPad. Its’ also is fairly weighty at 750g, although not unreasonably so, given its size. It does show how Samsung are determined to keep increasing their screen sizes, believing that the public want more screen space, and then you have Apple who seem determined to make their devices slimmer and lighter.

Ultimately the Galaxy Note Pro is a perfectly capable machine, but you could pick up an UltraBook laptop for this money, which would give you greater versatility for business work, or an iPad Air for slightly less money.

Our Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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