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Great screen size, falls short on functionality.
on July 24, 2014
My first adventure into tablets began with the original iPad. While it was an introduction, the limits of iOS drove me to look further. I then discovered the Motorola Xoom. What a FANTASTIC device at the time. I only recently sold it, after owning it for several years. It reached the end of its software updates. Then I bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. Another GREAT tablet, but ATT decides not to update it to the latest versions of Android, and it gets left collecting dust. (DO NOT BUY A TABLET FROM A CELL PROVIDER. They don't keep up with the updates). I then thought I would give Apple another try, and bought an iPad 4. That lasted about 3 days, and I gave it to my 5 year old daughter. No offense to her, but iPads are designed for the dumb people who cannot comprehend technology. I doubt I'll EVER go back to a mobile Apple device. To limited. I decided to look into getting a Nexus 10. I am all about the Vanilla Android experience. Nothing is better than good ol stock Android. But, about that time, they discontinued it, assuming to make way for a new device for Q4 2014.
So what do I do in the meantime?
Well, thats where this beast caught my eye. 12.2" of pure Android goodness. Or so I thought.
I will begin by saying the screen is sufficiently pleasing to look at. I don't care if it has the most dpi, or 4K resolution. Its a TABLET. It is very lightweight (unless you put an Otterbox case on it) and easy to hold. It doesn't make my arms tired. I also like the dual speaker placement on the side of the tablet. Makes watching movies a pleasure, especially if you hold it in that area and use the cups of your hands as acoustic amplifiers. The new charging cable, I don't care for. It causes me to have to buy a few more to carry in the car, or to have in different rooms. Not a deal breaker, but more of an annoyance. The deal breaker has been that with the specs this tablet boasts, the software is buggy and laggy. Often times I have to repeated press an app, or a link in a browser just for it to recognize that I am trying to DO SOMETHING. This is unacceptable. The mail app freezes. Often times I have to restart the tablet just to get it to function again. I have had issues with apps just suddenly stopping and closing. Most often YouTube, or another video app. Could be the apps themselves, not sure. But the response time of scrolling, and switching from app to app is abysmal. For a new release tablet, it behaves like one from 2008. It's running Android 4.4.2 which is nearly the latest. But the downside is that it is Samsung TouchWiz, which is garbage. From past experiences with Samsung, getting to the latest 4.4.4 will take eons.
I have experienced slow wi-fi, and frequent disconnects. I wonder if the wifi radio is bad. Sitting next to other devices with full signal, this will only report 2/3 of of the signal strength my phone does. Also, the battery life is TERRIBLE. I used it on a recent trip, and even an 1/4 brightness, I only got around 6 hours before I had to recharge it. Thankfully the airports have charging stations.
I'm not knocking the Android platform. Just the way it is poorly incorporated into THIS tablet. TouchWiz sucks. Android 5.0 comes out this fall. Good luck EVER receiving that update to this tablet. I will wait and get it in vanilla flavor on a tablet that will actually perform properly. All in all, I am pretty displeased with the Tab Pro 12.2. I wanted to LOVE it. But I just cannot. The performance is too off to justify keeping it. I don't know if I got a bad one, or what, but it's going back to Amazon for a refund. I will just wait and see what Google introduces this fall. You cannot go wrong with the Nexus lineup.
Sadly, I am now stuck with a $120 Otterbox case I cannot use.
Sadly, I missed the return window, so I'm stuck with this hunk of crap. Just today, I read through all of the bad reviews, and I can safely say I have experienced everything mentioned. This tablet sucks. Battery life at 50% brightness is 4 hours at best. Normally, batteries take some time to balance out and become better...this one got worse. I can take it off the charger, read the news, check email, maybe Facebook a bit while enjoying my morning coffee, and within a few hours, I am at less that 30% battery left. Just sitting unplugged overnight from a full charge, it will guzzle 20% of the battery. This is unacceptable. YMMV, but I advise staying away from this tablet, unless you don't care to blow $550.00