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So far so good!,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (32GB, Black) (Personal Computers)
Let's be honest. The only reason someone would pick up this tablet is for the sheer size of the beast. Since the Pro line of tablets have extremely similar internal specs the 12.2 in. screen does (somewhat) justify the added cost.
With only a few hours of use, I found the device to be snappy and responsive. The new magazine UX is a nice touch although Samsung definitely needs to add support for more apps to be displayed (you can't add Gmail to the magazine UX!). Furthermore, small things like when you tap the calendar widget in the magazine UX it won't open the calendar app. Instead, you have to select an event displayed on the widget and then you'll be taken to that specific event (basically you can't go to "month view" or something similar just from the Samsung calendar widget).
The S-pen is a delight as usual- even though I found that I didn't use it as much as I thought I would be. With a huge screen (and battery) the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is definitely a two handed device. Holding it with one hand gets tiresome very quickly and quite honestly feels a little awkward. If you're going to be moving around then this may prove too heavy of a device although it's certainly doable.
The display is gorgeous. Nothing else needs to be said here.
Overall, if you're looking for a tablet that mimics the power and productivity of a laptop then this is a great buy. The added screen space and multi window capabilities help set the tablet apart from the competition. There are a few software issues I have but this is a brand new device and I'm sure they'll be corrected in the near future. Certainly no regrets here.
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Initial post: Feb 14, 2014 3:42:21 PM PST
Michael E Simpkins says:
Congrats! Did the box have clear tape or white with writing? Received ine from best buy and it had a clear tape vice white as in other samsung devices.
Posted on Feb 16, 2014 4:44:00 AM PST
You sure you can't add Gmail icon/app to Magazine UX like in other android phones and tablets? How can this be?
Posted on Feb 16, 2014 11:45:28 PM PST
Fernando Diaz says:
Have you tried putting a 3rd party launcher like Apex or Nova and see what happens? does it work and gets rid of the TW magazine UI?
Posted on Feb 25, 2014 2:55:17 PM PST
Ibrahim Hafeez says:
@Michael - I am pretty sure it had clear tape. I got mine from Best Buy as well!
@ctn830 - Yes, I am sure you can't add the Gmail to Magazine UX. To clear up any confusion, you can to split the launcher in two parts: the "Magazine" section and the "Touchwiz" section. The Touchwiz has remained pretty much the same as previous iterations (you can add app icons such as Gmail, Facebook, etc). The Magazine section has a Windows 8 feel where you can add predetermined "tiles." These tiles include email (Samsung, not Gmail), Samsung Calendar, New York Times Headlines, and a handful of other apps. You cannot, however, add any app you'd like to the layout of Magazine UX. Hope this helps!
@Fernando - I haven't tried putting Apex or Nova however I am planning on doing that tonight. I am sure, however, that it will get rid of the TW Magazine UX. I've found some use for the Magazine UX however I just like the look and feel of stock Android. That combined with the amazing features packed in this device make it a powerhouse of tablet.
Let me know if I can answer anything else you guys.
Posted on Feb 28, 2014 3:14:13 PM PST
Ibrahim -- Thanks for the nice, concise review. Very helpful for a leaning fence-sitter like me (!). I saw a review on the BBuy site where the reviewer says that a lot of apps can't access the SD card to "move or store" their data there because of "a missing line of code in Samsung's implementation." Have you used the Note 12.2 long enough yet to notice anything like that? That reviewer says that this shortcoming is resulting in his onboard 32 GB filling up very quickly.
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