Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro review: Is this the best Android tablet for work?

Rating: 4 out of 5
Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro appears to be targeting a niche Samsung's 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro appears to be targeting a niche
Written by Pranay Parab | Posted: March 26, 2014 10:52 am | Updated: April 14, 2014 9:17 am

Unlike smartphones, high-end tablets that run Android are few and far between. Even among the few premium Android tablets, there is rarely any focus on productivity. That’s why Samsung’s 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro appears to be targeting a niche that’s waiting to be created.

When it comes to tablets and laptops, it’s a black-and-white world. Tablets are for consumption, while laptops are for getting work done. Although some use tablets for productivity tasks, many still feel the need for a laptop. In such a situation, can the Galaxy Note Pro change the paradigm? Let’s find out.

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BUILD & DESIGN

The Galaxy Note Pro looks unmistakeably like a Samsung product. The oval home button, stylus and faux-leather material used at the back are reminiscent of the Note 3. Since the tablet shares Note 3’s brand name, the similar design ethos makes it easy to identify as a Samsung product.

The faux-leather material is not universally popular, but in this case it is a positive. The material makes the tablet good to hold and adds to its looks too. The build quality of the tablet is good and the metal finish on the sides add to its sturdy frame. It’s hard to use this tablet with one hand, even though Samsung has made it sleek and light for its size.

One new component is the new charging port. The microUSB 3.0 charging cable looks like a two-headed snake. One of these heads is the standard microUSB connector, while there’s another, slightly wider connector right next to it. This means that you can use your phone’s microUSB cable to charge the Note Pro and transfer data, but that will be a lot slower than with the new cable. The connector is quite ugly, but I guess that’s the price to pay for backward compatibility. You’ll also have to make sure that you maintain the cable very well. If you lose or break it, you’ll have a hard time charging the Note Pro’s massive 9,500 mAh battery.

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DISPLAY

Note Pro’s screen is 12.2 inches diagonally. That’s larger than almost all tablets available in India. The resolution is a whopping 2560×1600 pixels. Needless to say, the Note Pro offers an amazing experience when watching videos. The same goes for reading books. I used this tablet as my primary ebook reader and was immersed in a few engrossing novels. I wasn’t able to do the same on low-resolution tablets. However, the display is reflective. I couldn’t read in sunlight or when a tubelight was right over my head.

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SOFTWARE & PERFORMANCE

Samsung has gone to great lengths to make sure that this tablet serves you well as a productivity powerhorse. The first thing you will notice is the stylus and continued…

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