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Late last year, Samsung released the revamped model of the largest Note tablet, the Note 10.1 2014 Edition (which actually came out in 2013, despite its name). It brought with it a full refresh to the lineup, including high end hardware, a better display, and an improved interface. The S Pen became more valuable, and Multi-Window more usable. All in all, it was a good upgrade.

The Note Pro 12.2 is a continuation of that upgrade to the product line, as it's essentially a larger version of last year's Note 10.1 in both hardware and software. Of course, it's not identical in either – there are some minor differences here and there, like processor, Android version, and the like. Given that, the overall experience is very much the same. The primary reason to consider the Note Pro 12.2 over the 10.1 is of course the display size.

Naturally, these increases also warranted a price increase. The question you really have to ask yourself is basically this: is having 2.1 inches of additional screen real estate worth one hundred-fifty more dollars more?

Specs
  • Display: 12.2-inch 2560x1600 TFT LCD
  • Processor: Exynos 5 Octa (1.9GHz Quad-core + 1.3GHz Quad-core)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front
  • Ports: microUSB 3.0, microSD
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz and 5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, AllShareCast
  • Battery: 9,500mAh
  • OS: Android 4.4.2
  • Dimensions/Weight: 295.6 x 204 x 7.95mm, 750g (215 grams heavier than Note 10.1)
  • Price: 32GB – $750; 64GB – $850
  • Buy: Amazon

The Good
  • The Display. The Note Pro's display is beautiful. But you already knew that.
  • The size. I realize there is a select group of people who really want a 12.2 inch tablet. In the interest of objectivity, this bullet is for you. You'll love it.
  • Good speakers. Most tablet speakers are shrill and tinny. The 12.2's speakers are actually very usable for watching movies or even listening to music... assuming you don't have headphones or an external speaker handy.

The Bad
  • The size and weight. I think the 12.2-inch size is much more suited to a Galaxy Tab instead of the Note. Why? Because holding it with one hand while trying to use the S Pen is a pain in the ass. Really, holding it with one hand for any reason is a pain in the ass.
  • The price.  At $750-850, it's just overpriced. I realize that a larger display equates to higher manufacturing costs, but let's not kid ourselves here – this is definitely overlapping into laptop pricing territory.
  • Touchwiz is getting more encompassing and less intuitive. Very little of the OS has been untouched by Samsung, and the changes just keep coming. For example, every Samsung app is fullscreen all the time. Yes, that means the notification bar is hidden. And it's so annoying.
  • Multi-Window is still not as useful as it could be. I realize that this is only partially Samsung's fault, since app developers need to add multi-window support before the device can take advantage of it, but on a device market as a professional, multi-tasking, do-it-all monster, I'd like to see a larger variety of apps that can run on the screen at once (like, you know, all of them).
  • It's basically a bigger Note 10.1 2014 Edition, which is significantly more affordable. Unless you just have to have a 12.2-inch display, the Note 10.1 2014 is a smarter buy if you're looking at the Note tablet line.

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As a result of the Note Pro 12.2's similarities to the Note 10.1 2014, I will be referencing back to that review quite often. In the interest of not re-writing the same review again (they really are that similar), I urge you to read it as well.

Hardware

In terms of pure hardware specifications, the Note Pro 12.2 is pretty similar to the Note 10.1 2014 Edition, with the exception of the processor. Where the Note 10.1 2014 has a quad-core Exynos 5420, the 12.2 has an octa-core Exynos 5 chip that feature four A15 cores alongside four low-power A7 cores (big.LITTLE architecture). In reality, this doesn't make a massive difference in performance compared to the 10.1, but it's better balanced; the four A15 cores are in use during processor-intensive tasks, and the A7s take over for low power. The idea is to offer the perfect blend of processing power and battery life.

Build Quality and Design

The Note 12.2 shares the same design elements as the new Galaxy products: faux leather back/stitching, aluminum-wannabe plastic, the whole nine yards. At least they're consistent. In the Note 10.1 review I said I was torn about the device's appearance – and that hasn't changed. I've warmed up a little bit to the plastic-that-wishes-it-were-something-else aesthetic, but I would still prefer the real thing at this price point (or at least a different material that didn't try to pose as something else).

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The 12.2's build quality, however, is a whole different story. I'm inclined to say it's "typical Samsung" – not completely terrible, but far from what I'd call "good." The back is "mushy" and creaky in certain areas (mostly on the left side of my review unit), and the power button is almost flush with the top, which makes it nearly impossible to find without looking. Neither of those thing scream "premium" to me, nor do they suggest this is a $750+ device. With that said, most other aspects of the unit feel good – all the seams are flush and solid, the volume and home buttons are stable, and the overall construction is fine. Still, it's hard for me to look past the creaky back – that's the very first thing I felt as soon as I picked up this device, and I've been reminded of its existence each time thereafter, as well.

The button layout is pretty typical: speakers on either side of the display (on the sides, not the front), the microUSB 3.0 charging port and microUSD slot are on the right, headphone jack on the left, and power button, volume rocker, and IR blaster are on the top. Not much out of the ordinary here.

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...Except for the charging port. Let's talk about that briefly. Basically, the addition of USB 3.0 means two things: faster data transfer and charging, both of which are good. However, the device is also backwards compatible with standard microUSB cables for both charging and transfers; as you might imagine, however, both are simply slower.

Other than that, the primary difference between the Note 12.2 and 10.1 (in terms of use) is the new button layout. Whereas the 10.1 has menu, home, and back option, the 12.2 finally gets rid of the menu button in lieu of a recent apps key. This makes much more sense than the previous layout, and also simplifies the button actions significantly:

Recent Apps

  • Single Tap – opens the recent apps menu
  • Double Tap – nothing
  • Long-press – nothing

Home

  • Single Tap – goes home
  • Double Tap – opens S Voice
  • Long Press – opens Google Now (!)

Back

  • Single Tap – goes back
  • Double Tap – nothing
  • Long-press – opens the multi-window tray

As you can see, there's now a quick way to jump directly into Google Now, whereas before long-pressing the Home key and tapping the Google option was the fastest way to get to Now. Sure, it only saves one tap, but it just makes Now all the more accessible. If you use Now as often as I do, then this is definitely a welcome feature.

Display

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This is easily the standout feature of the Note Pro 12.2, and the primary reason that most users are interested in the device. The 12.2-inch display is the first of its kind for Samsung, let alone the Note line. It's actually been rumored for quite a while, so I'm sure many people are glad to see it finally come to fruition.

The 12.2-inch TFT LCD panel has a resolution of 2560x1600, which is the same as the Note 10.1 2014, as well as the new TabPRO series of tablets. Since this is the largest display of the bunch, that means it also has the lowest pixel density, which clocks in at about 248 PPI. That's slightly higher than the PPI on a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 display, and probably close enough that the eye can't really differentiate. That should provide some kind of idea as to what you're looking it, assuming you're familiar with how 1920x1200 looks on 10.1-inches.

All that said, the display looks very good. Text is sharp and clear, and color reproduction is very nice. It's just a generally good-looking display. Like other Samsung devices, it features a few different display options: dynamic, standard, and movie; as well as an option for adaptive display. The latter is the default option, though I find the differences to be very subtle between them anyway. If you're really picky about the color output, however, maybe poking around with these options could provide the balance you're looking for.

Speakers

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So the Note Pro 12.2's speakers are actually quite good for a tablet. They're not shrill or tinny at all, so watching a movie, video, or listening to music doesn't make you want to scream. The unfortunate part for some, however, is that they're side-facing. Samsung got it right on the first Note tablet, only to switch the design and put them back in a place that isn't facing the user's ears on the follow up. They're in the same place on the 12.2, which isn't necessarily terrible. They're plenty loud, so as long as they're not covered, hearing them shouldn't be an issue.

Camera

Yes, it has one (well, technically it has two). No, it's not very good. Also, taking pictures with a 12.2 inch device is just wrong. Please, don't do it.

In the interest of completion (and ignoring my own advice), here are some sample shots from the Note 12.2's camera.

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See? Pretty unremarkable. It has a lot of flashy features (just like the Note 10.1 2014), but they don't really help. But I'd be willing to bet you're not interested in this tablet for the camera, so it's really a moot point.

Storage and Wireless

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After years of users saying that 16GB of internal storage just isn't enough in a tablet, and Samsung finally listened. The Note Pro 12.2 comes with two storage options: 32GB and 64GB. My review unit is the 32GB model, which has around 24GB of available space right out of the box. The system takes up a whopping six gigabytes, and pre-installed applications take up about 1.5GBs. I guess that, ultimately, Samsung decided it wasn't going to make its UI any smaller or bundled apps any less, um, bundled, so the the company decided more storage was a must. When put in that perspective it's kind of a hollow victory for consumers, but I suppose it is still a victory nonetheless.

Oh, it also has a microSD card slot, so you can effectively have 128GB of storage on the device. You know, should you need all those geebees to store stuff.

On the wireless front, the Note Pro 12.2 basically covers most of the bases: it support 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks. So, it should be able to take full advantage of any kind of Wi-Fi out today. Its also sporting the latest Bluetooth (4.0), so accessory support and whatnot shouldn't be an issue. In other words, it all just works.

Battery Life

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So the Note Pro 12.2 has a massive 9,500mAh battery. That's good, because that big beautiful screen definitely drinks some juice. Still, Samsung managed to get roughly eight hours of usable time from this device. That's screen on, doing work, watching videos, playing games, checking Twitter, responding to emails, browsing the web time.

And when you're not using it, the Note Pro 12.2 does a pretty good job of just sipping power while idle (thanks to the big.LITTLE architecture, no doubt). Overnight it generally only lost about 3-4% of the battery during my use, which is actually less than most other Android devices I've tested.

In short, if you're worried about getting through a full day with the Note Pro, don't be. It should be able to take you through a work/school day and still have a little bit of juice leftover at the end of the day to relax with.

S Pen

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The S Pen doesn't appear to have undergone any major redesigns since the revamped version showed up in the Note 10.1 2014, so here's the long and short of it: it's a little on the short side, is extremely light, and feels pretty fragile. The butt of the pen matches the plastic banding on the outside of the tablet, so it blends in pretty well when inside the bay. Really, everything about it is exactly like with the 10.1 2014.

Software

Much like the hardware, the Note Pro 12.2's software is nearly identical to the Note 10.1 2014, save for some changes to the primary interface and the inclusion of Android 4.4.2 right out of the box. Unfortunately, some of the changes made to the software layer on the 12.2 are incredibly obnoxious and serve absolutely no purpose.

Launcher and UI

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Let's start with the biggest change in this new version of Touchwiz: the launcher. On the Note 10.1 2014, Samsung introduced a new Flipboard-powered addition to the launcher called My Magazine. With the 12.2, it has taken this to the next level by incorporating the magazine UI directly into the launcher. Out of the box, there are two pages of "traditional-"style pages, along with two magazine-style pages. Samsung calls this Magazine UX.

The overall interface is slightly different than the pre-release models we saw at CES, in that Magazine UX is less obtrusive – instead of being the primary interface, it serves as more of a secondary feature. That's good, because it's definitely not the first thing most users want to see when firing the device up for the first. Or every time after that.

With that said, some of the annoyances are still present. For example, when entering the magazine section of the launcher's UI, the notification bar disappears. Magazine UX is fullscreen all the time with no way of changing that option. Of course, it only takes a simple swipe down to briefly display the notification bar (then a second swipe to see the entire panel), but I stand by my earlier statements on this: the notification bar should simply be present all the time by default, especially while in the device's primary interface (the launcher).

Of course, Samsung didn't stop with the fullscreen business on the launcher: nearly every Samsung app on the Note Pro 12.2 is fullscreen-only. Open Settings, fullscreen. Action Memo, S Voice, Contacts, Gallery, Scrapbook, My Files, or Sketchbook? Fullscreen. I see no value in this practice at all. This is a device with a 12.2-inch display; it's not like the notification bar is really taking up any much-needed screen real estate.

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Speaking of screen real estate, the Note Pro's 12.2-inch panel brings about one significant change over the 10.1: more apps in Multi-Window. Thanks to the increased screen size, you are now able to run four apps at the same time instead of just two like other versions of the Note. Of course, that is limited to apps that support Samsung's multi-window feature, which seem to be pretty hit and miss depending on what you're doing.

If you've ever used a Note device before, then you're probably familiar with how multi-window actually works. It's basically the same on the 12.2, but instead of only being able to apply one app per side, it's possible to add up to two per side, for a total of four. The apps are aligned to a grid, but can easily be resized to the desired layout by dragging the connection point of the four corners. It's actually quite intuitive and a useful take on Android multi-tasking. Again, however, I just wish more apps actually supported the feature.

Past those things, there aren't really any major changes with the Note 12.2. I covered the software and S Apps pretty extensively in the Note 10.1 2014 review, so in the interest of avoiding redundancy, I'll point you in that direction.

Performance

The Note 10.1 2014 had its share of minor performance irritations, but I've yet to really encounter anything like that on the 12.2 on a consistent basis. For the most part, everything is snappy and fluid, including S Pen features like Air Command, which was laggy on the Note 10.1.

I think the big question is how the 12.2 performs while multitasking – four apps running at the same time can really take a hit on both the processor and RAM. Fortunately, it seems to handle this without a single issue. I was able to browse the web, edit a spreadsheet, watch a YouTube video, and have the S Pen on S Note all without a single hint of choppiness (see the screenshot above). It's actually pretty impressive how well it works. With that said, there is a slight amount of choppiness when exiting that many apps and going back to the homescreen. It's not too bad, but still something to make note of.

GPU performance, however, is another story altogether. While the device isn't lacking in the processor department, it doesn't perform as well as expected on gaming or graphically intense applications. 2560x1600 is a lot of pixels to push, so given that I wouldn't say the GPU performance is terrible, but I would like for it to be better. All the games I tried were still very playable, but there are certain parts (like when there's a lot happening on the screen at one time) when you can feel the framerate drop.

Overall, however, I'd give the Note 12.2 good marks in the performance department. It should be able to do everything you throw at it without [much] hesitation.

Conclusion

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The Note Pro 12.2 is an interesting device. On one hand, I'd say it's too big, but I realize that's pretty subjective and there are people out there who want a 12.2-inch tablet. Still, it's definitely one big tablet, which makes it very difficult to use with one hand. At 750 grams, it's 215 grams heavier than its 10.1-inch counterpart, which is more than the weight of most smartphones in itself. It's definitely not a "pocket-able" unit at all. In fact, it's too big for the tablet compartment in most backpacks, which is something else to keep in mind.

Still, if you're looking for a laptop-replacement tablet, the Note 12.2 may be the way to go. I would personally be more inclined to suggest something like a Surface Pro for a laptop replacement tablet, but if you'd rather use Android instead of Windows, I'm not going to fault that, either. From a productivity standpoint, you'd be hard pressed to find an Android tablet that allows you to get more done than the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Add a Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse, and it's easily a portable Android-powered workstation. In fact, Samsung included a keyboard and mouse with the review unit, and it's extremely usable with that setup.

Of course, it's also a killer device from an entertainment standpoint – watching movies on this tablet is second-to-none in the Android world, and the speakers are good enough to get you through a flick with ease.

That said, gaming is a different story. The performance in that department isn't as good as it could be, and honestly, trying to play certain games (Like Dead Trigger 2, for example), is a task on the 12.2-inch display. Unless you have LeBron James-sized hands (or are, in fact, LeBron James), then the stretches are just too much. Also, if you are LeBron James, hit me up and we can shoot some ball sometime.

Then there's the question of price: it's just too damn high. While the Note Pro 12.2 has a few big unique features – like four-app multi-window, for example – I can't say that it justifies the $150 price difference over the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. And let's not overlook the fact that for the $750-850 price range you can get a decent (but maybe slightly underpowered) Windows laptop that allows you to run as many applications at once as you'd like, while maintaining similar portability.

So really, the takeaway is this: if you want a 12.2-inch tablet, there aren't a lot of choices on the market. And even if there were, the Note Pro 12.2 would still be a good option, despite its annoyances (like fullscreen Samsung apps). While it may be overpriced, it's easily an Android multitaskers dream come true. Or at least the closest thing they'll get to one right now.

But really, you should probably just buy a laptop instead.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • supremekizzle

    Awesome honest product review! Here comes another defamation threat for telling the truth...

    • hot_spare

      As if Samsung bothers about what Android enthusiasts think. If that was the case, they would have just stopped with stock, removed the bloat, removed the S-pen, and shipped a vanilla device.

      Views of Android enthusiasts are of least importance for a company which can hardly make enough phones sometimes to sustain the demand of common people.

      Read this: http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/21/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-an-embarrassing-lazy-arrogant-money-grab/

      I can assume Samsung is more likely to launch a defamation threat against the above review rather than anything else.

      BTW, I am sure Samsung already has seen much more harsh reviews for Notepro 12.2 (check David Pierce's review on Verge). it's nothing new for them, typically you expect 1-2 points less for each Samsung product, just because it's "Samsung".

      No wonder why a product like "Gear Fit" (which won the best mobile device award in MWC 2014) isn't even talked about at all by the mainstream Android/tech blogs. Whereas a overhyped product like Glass and a supposedly future 'iWatch' has gets more attention even today.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        Hit the Nail on the head. I'm actually really interested in the gear series, not just the fit. In fact while it does look cool I question the functionality of such a device where you can't actually read it while on your wrist because of how it's designed. I'm more so interested in the gear Neo....but of course these are not the topic of discussion atm.

      • letsplaay

        Ummm... I am an android enthusiast that actually couldn't live without the S-pen... (f#&k TouchWiz though)

    • Somedude

      I think if someone wants a normal tablet for fun and regular work, ipad air is the best option (the App Store is amazing and have tons of useful apps). But, if someone wants to do professional and hardcore work, surface pro 2.

      • plieb

        But the surface pro 2 has only 10.6" which is way too little for anything professional.

        • Somedude

          Not really. That depends. Some people even use iPads 9.7inch screen for professional works.

          • hempf

            Working as a software developer I couldn't agree less. I recently bought a 1600x1200 24" screen and I would upgrade in size if I could any time. I have a 1280x800 12" laptop and it's a pain to use. 12" is just too small. Even with an increase in resolution 12" would be too small to actually profit from better resolution

      • Davis Hernandez

        mmmmm... yeah, maybe my sister has one but really it doesnt appeal me, however fortunately there are tons of android tablets and other system ones, i have been thinking in buying the yoga 8 since i saw it on walmart, it was responsible, very light (compared to my 2 years old galaxy tab 2 7.0) its very thin and very ergonomic at the same time, it also has its own stand :D

      • curt hunter

        Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a nice tablet but it's too big for me. Still prefer a smaller one like the iPad air or mini. /Curt from http://www.tablet101.com/best-tablets/

  • EH101

    "Yes, that means the notification bar is hidden. And it's so annoying."

    I'm not in the market for a tablet and even if I were, I doubt I'd go for something this big. But, I'm very glad you pointed this out. I absolutely hate when any app hides the notification bar without a built-in option to turn that functionality off. Defeats the purpose of a notification bar. And I don't think the whole swipe-down-to-view thing is good enough. This is one of the reasons I love xposed.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      you know what really bothers me? when people take stock for any Android device and assume that's just how it is. We clearly know enough about android to know better. the Magazine UX uses immersive mode and guess what? We don't have to use it. Simple solution, use a different launcher and don't worry about what stock is and setup Android the way you want. If you're an AP patron you're probably going to do that anyway

      @eh101:disqus sorry to piggy back on your comment but it was...related

      • EH101

        Not really all that related when I mention my solution of using xposed lol. Also, any app that hides the notification bar will hide it regardless of what launcher you use; I personally use Nova Prime and still the majority of my apps would like to hide the notification bar. Xposed allows me to show them who's boss 'round these parts.

        Still, if Google would force developers to make immersive mode completely optional(in the app's settings); it'd save me some time and likely help out the general consumer that doesn't know better. Well, maybe not the latter. Lol.

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          yes any app will hide it no matter what app you're using but the app in question is the launcher. and it only hides it while ITs active. So no harm no foul. Also I believe the immersive mode was Google's way of making the status and nav bars being hidden an option. you can always retrieve them with a swipe.

          I don't think there would be a way to force devs to make immersive mode an option. The only thing you could do is give a global option and that might not work as well as you'd think. For the average user, if an app does something they don't like...they'll stop using the app and that's how it should be.

          • EH101

            You don't think Google could simply include a term in their app guidelines/requirements to make developers add a switch in the settings? Sure, it'd take forever to propagate through the Play Store, but it'd be nice. I don't think a Global option would do well, it'd ruin video apps for example. So I agree with you there.

            Also, the app in question was never the launcher. In the bullet point I took the quote from, the sentence immediately preceding that said "For example, every Samsung app is fullscreen all the time." Then I, in my original comment, expanded that to include any app that hides the notification bar. And again, any app can hide the notification bar with absolutely no dependence on which launcher is active. So... I'm not sure what you're getting at here.

            And Google's (Samsung's) solution is crap. A swipe just isn't good enough. It's annoying, especially on large screen phones and tablets. Perhaps Google needs to add a control panel of sorts, maybe hidden in the developer options which is somewhat hidden from the general consumer. I'm sure they wouldn't, just like App Ops still hasn't reached officiality, but I can dream. Heck, they could even throw it in App Ops now that I think of it. It'd fit in nicely.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            suggesting and forcing a completely different things. Yeah I believe Google could add that to their guidelines but I question if they would bother.

            As for the apps being in immersive mode I misses that quote. My basis was that people complain about Magazine UX going into immersive mode when you swipe over. Even with the samsung apps doing fullscreen my previous comment still holds up. If you don't like, it don't use it. Most Sammy apps are just rips of google apps anyway.

            Out of curiosity what would you suggest for full screen mode. this came out of necessity. More and more apps wanted more screen real estate but how can you do that without hiding less important UI elements? You can only make devices so big. I always found the swipe down to work pretty well but then again I don't know of a better method.

          • EH101

            Just because apps want more real estate doesn't mean it's right to give it to them. I can understand hiding the nav bar, but the entire point of a notification bar is for it to be there to notify you of changes at all times.

            And really, does the notification bar take any significant amount of real estate? I'd say not. Especially not enough to ruin the consistency of an OS by allowing developers to do what they wish with these elements. If people want to have the notification bar hidden, fine, let them swipe down to retrieve it. But give the rest of us an option to have it permanent, as it should be. Doesn't seem so difficult.

            If the 3rd party xposed guy(s) can do it to other people's apps, those who built the apps in question could give the option themselves. Better yet, Google could just add such things to App Ops and put App Ops in the developer options and be done with it.

          • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

            Unfortunately you're in the minority (even if it's a vocal one). The notification bar to my knowledge actually still appears with notifications and then goes away so it's not like you're missing anything. Passive notifications like battery and signal go away but realistically how often do you need to look at that while in an app that is immersed.

            Does the status bar take up that much space? No it doesn't, but it can be distracting and I didn't mention this before (mainly because I forgot) but Immersion is more than just increased space, it's also removing distractions. This will probably be a trend for media consumption based apps going forward. Again I go back to my "If you don't like it, don't use it" statement. Xposed is also another very valid option.

            App Ops in general is a touchy subject. I totally understand why Google doesn't want the general public to have access to it but at the same time it was very useful. Long story short Xposed can allow us to do whatever we want to our devices without needing a custom rom so all in all it's probably fine to not worry about what Google does because with Android where there is a will there is a way.

          • EH101

            I don't have a device with true 4.4 style immersion, so I didn't know that the bar comes back for a while when a notification comes in. That's good to know.

            As for the rest of your comment, well, that's why I love android and choose it over any other mobile OS (and why I'd give it a long, thorough look if it ever went to desktop). The 3rd party developers almost always find a way to let you rid yourself of built-in nuisances.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    Glad to know this Note isn't really worth the price vs the 10.1 (which I currently have) Most of the issues are software based. I recently went from my previous stripped down ROM to a full stock (just to see the difference) and I saw a major performance hit because of a lot of Samsung's apps. You'd be amazed at how a tab like this can perform if you freeze a lot of Samsung's bloatware. I say freeze because you don't want to delete something you may want to use later, as I've found the hard way

    • Stocklone

      Freezing app definitely helps. It's a shame most people have to kill their warranty to make the tablet speedy.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        that's actually why I (sorry to start sounding like an AD) use SquareTrade. Software modifications don't void the warranty. However if you brick your phone because of something you did then they won't fix it. On a side note if you don't know what you are doing you probably shouldn't be messing with the software enough to brick a device anyway.

  • David Neylon

    Saying the the increase in screen size is 2.1 inches is a bit misleading. The display size still works out to be 46% larger.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Yes, this mathematically correct fact is misleading, but this far more ambiguous percentage should clear things right up.

      • David Neylon

        Ambiguous? It's not like I said 46% plus or minus 25% depending on the phase of the moon. :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          It's not difficult to visualize a display that's 2.1 inches larger. Can you mentally picture a display that's "46% larger?" No. Sounds like pure marketing crap when put like that.

          • David Neylon

            Yes, actually I can. KInd of like.. hmm, just about half again as big. So add half of what I've got to what I have. Lot less ambiguous than it's "only 2.1 inches bigger".

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      46%? By my calc 12.2 is more like 21% larger than 10.1" (by area)

      • hot_spare

        That's diagonal length. To get the actual increase in surface area, you need to square the number. It's obviously simple because the screens have same aspect ratio.

        [12.2/10.1]^2 = 45.9%

        • letsplaay

          Wrong!!!
          .... =145.9%!!!

          Bwahahaha

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Wow, never saw that Settings menu UI. Is it from new TouchWiz that will come with Galaxy S5 or is it exclusively new to GNote 12?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It was basically the same on the Note 10.1 2014.

    • yahyoh

      u can set the setting menu like this on GS5 too but it will have black background instead of white :D

  • TheLastAngel

    FINALLY!!!! A new review of a proper device by a major manufacturer! FINALLY!!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      wat

      • TheLastAngel

        Well, the last major reviews came out on Dec. 11/12. with the G-Flex and te GPad8.3. That's all I'm meaning.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Winter is the dead season for product releases, unfortunately.

  • Ivan Myring

    This should make a pretty decent (cheap) graphics tablet

    • Davis Hernandez

      exactly what i was thinking, too heavy? i used to use my wacom exclusively laid down on my desk, so no problem for me

      • Ivan Myring

        Plus, same resolution as wacoms android tablet, but better specs
        And in combination with apps like photo mate r2 and Photoshop touch, it would be a pretty good thing for photographers

        • Davis Hernandez

          fotoghraphers, graphic designers or in my case, a sketcher who looks for a way to get its virtual drawing on a more portable way than a desktop pc and a wacom tablet

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    The settings screen looks pretty neat.

  • jpd514

    An other review written by a Samsung hater.

    The Galaxy Note Pro is for now the best tablet on the market except if you have some special need for business. The last one from Microsoft could do more but just because of the software.

    I will not take the time to correct all errors that are taking place in this review.

    I would suggest to read a review from a reputable site. Even an Apple site will do a better analysis than this one.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Side note, I actually use Android for business and for the price I actually prefer the note series. However the reason boils down to the fact that I remote into other computers all day. I prefer the flexibility of the Android keyboards and there are citrix receivers on Android that makes it easier for VDI solutions plus with modifications you can have 4 things on the screen at a time "Metro style" or just have floating windows. I don't usually do more than 2 apps at a time multitasking but the ability is there.

  • Aaron Roydhouse

    Great review, spot on I think. But I still want one :-) Actually I'd like a Note 13.3, If only they made one...
    I have a 10.1 2014 so the high cost is going to be hard to justify, but I'm gonna try!

    • Stocklone

      What I really want is a Surface Pro 13.3 if they only made one... That's the only thing that's going to make me leave Android tablets.

      • Aaron Roydhouse

        I can see that, but I am sick of the overhead of managing Windows computers. Updating all your software from different sources all the time. Package managers like Linux pioneered and Apple and Android copied for their stores reduce management overhead for me.

  • phil

    Im so glad i don't take any notice of these reviews by so called experts . got mine 2 weeks ago and love it .

  • Stocklone

    Good to see they fixed the physical button long press nightmare that is the Note 10.1 2014. Hopefully the KK update to the 10.1 is the same as the Note Pro 12.1. Seriously. Hold the 10.1 in portrait and you will eventually have a "WTF just happened?" moment because you accidentally long pressed a button and got tossed out of your current app. There's also no quick button access to Google Now on the 10.1. If I didn't root the 10.1 and fix all that with Wanam I would have broke it in half to cut my loses and spare myself any further agony.

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      what is the default response from long-press. I modded my tab as soon as I got it to make it google now.

      • DDHelfrich

        The default is to pop up a task switcher screen, with a lower array of buttons for google search, task manager, and close all open apps. Back up returns you to the last open app. BTW, it isnt a sore thumb for me.

  • Jahspecs

    Here is why this is a very good buy, if you want to use Microsoft Office on the go and you prefer the sessions Google eco system then this is it. Apple is way too restrictive and somewhat boring, look how long it took for them to come out with IOS7. Microsoft has no apps, period.

    • jaHspecs

      I wish the screen was bigger!

  • PiRat

    Rather get a proper Windows tablet.

  • http://totallycovered.net/ Derek Schaefer

    Just got a note 12.2 and I'm typing this comment on it! How is it overpriced for a 12 inch tablet? Compared to what? Reading magazines is much better now than on my nexus 10. And on sale for 599.99 at best buy made it a better deal. Will still use my nexus 7 for playing around though.

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