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The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is the Android equivalent of the Ford Excursion: comically oversized, incredibly expensive, and its claims to "utility" are questionable at best. (Also, it might not get more than one major release.) But if you've got one, you're probably a hardware enthusiast, which means you also might be game for some modifications or custom ROMs. Well now you can: the folks at the Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) have just released a version of their custom recovery for your gigantic tablet.

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Samsung generally takes a hands-off approach when it comes to user modification, at least until carriers get involved, so you don't need anything out of the ordinary to get your custom recovery on. If you don't have one yet, you can install TWRP image file via the usual USB-ADB method or use Samsung's ODIN PC program to flash the pre-built TAR file. So far there aren't any major issues associated with the Note Pro 12.2 version of TWRP 2.7, so go nuts.

This marks the second of four devices in Samsung's Pro line to get TWRP support, the first being the smaller and more affordable Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. (Also, this TWRP release is for the Note Pro 12.2, not the Tab Pro 12.2.) The rest will probably get it eventually, though considering the expense of these devices, I wouldn't count on a flourishing custom ROM community springing up. Even so, a custom recovery makes rooting a snap, so you should be able to have all kinds of power user fun.

Source: XDA-Developers

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Ryno Bones

    I donated some money on it. Let the custom ROMs come! Also, this is a fantastic tablet. Kicks the pants off my old Acer.

    • Somedude

      I think the best tablet for professional and hardcore work is surface pro 2. And the best tablet for fun and regular work is iPad Air. Android tablets are an option only if you will buy some cheap (~200) for a kid (but if you have the money, better buy the kid an ipad, it's more enjoyable for fun, which is what a kid wants). Surface pro 2 and iPad Air rules in the tablet sector.

      • Tom Green

        The reason I bought the Note Pro was the size of the screen, The surface pro's aspect ratio is just too high which makes it uncomfortable to write on. My Note Pro will always last 2 days on the battery and the higher res screen is perfect for reading textbooks/ journal papers and making notes on, so it's always going to be useful. It's more of a paper replacement than the Surface Pro 2, I realise that it's more of a niche product, but that niche has been crying out for something like this for a long time.

        • Somedude

          What's your opinion about iPad Air or mini retina? The battery on those are the best one in tablet sector (best one in duration)

          • Tom Green

            Yeah they have fantastic batteries, I get 2 days good use out of my note so i don't think i'd notice too much diference. I just wish the note had the same screen aspect ratio as the ipad

          • Somedude

            Why do you choose the note and not the ipad?

          • Tom Green

            Stylus, better stylus integrated apps, external sd, different software keyboards, screen size, better office software, plus all the other standard reasons for liking android over ios but that's a diffeent discussion. The stylus is my main reason for all the note taking/ anotations etc. but the size of the screen makes it much more comfortable for writing on as well

          • Tom Green

            Also the My Script Stylus app seems to be able to do handwriting recognition almost as fast as I can write

          • Somedude

            Ok. Well in my opinion ipad apps are better. But in your past comment you said you would like your note to have the screen aspect ratio as the ipad. So I don't understand why you talk now about screen size. They are almost the same right?

            Mmm about office, well a few days ago Microsoft release office for ipad. I think the note still don't have anything similar. And of course, I think both tablets have third party apps like quick office, documents to go, etc. and the ipad have a plus, the iWork suite completely free. So for office apps, I guess ipad is far more superior.

            Stylus is fair enough

          • Somedude

            Ok. Well in my opinion ipad apps are better. But in your past comment you said you would like your note to have the screen aspect ratio as the ipad. So I don't understand why you talk now about screen size. They are almost the same right?

            Mmm about office, well a few days ago Microsoft release office for ipad. I think the note still don't have anything similar. And of course, I think both tablets have third party apps like quick office, documents to go, etc. and the ipad have a plus, the iWork suite completely free. So for office apps, I guess ipad is far more superior.

            Stylus is fair enough

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