Samsung's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has top-notch hardware and lots of new features for business users. The 12.2-inch tablet is now available to purchase for $749. So what makes this pricey slate a worthy business device?
The Note Pro packs in all the features that made the Galaxy Note 10.1 a great tablet, including an S Pen stylus, a pressure-sensitive display and productivity-boosting software features. And it ups the ante with a bigger screen, better multitasking and a revamped user interface. Check out a full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 at our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for five features that make the Note Pro a better business slate.
1. Big display
The centerpiece of the Galaxy Note Pro is its 2560 x 1600-pixel, 12.2-inch touch screen, which dwarfs the 10-inch display on the Note 10.1. A bigger display is a serious boon for business users. More virtual real estate means more space to read email, browse the Web and run your favorite apps; screens on smaller tablets can sometimes feel too cramped for true productivity. The display is also pressure-sensitive, thanks to a built-in Wacom digitizer that can detect up to 1,000 different levels of pressure. This makes for more natural writing and more accurate pointing when using the Note Pro's stylus.
2. Better multitasking
The Note Pro has twice the multitasking power of the Note 10.1, allowing users to run up to four apps on screen at once, one in each quadrant of the screen. Users can drag two, three or four apps out of the tablet's Multi-Window drawer, which is accessed by swiping in from the right side of the screen. Once you've dragged the apps, you can then position and resize them in any arrangement. This functionality makes it possible to monitor your business' email and social media feeds while browsing the Web, for example. A device with a smaller display couldn't support this sort of multitasking.
3. Productivity software
Samsung packed a plethora of productivity-boosting apps into the Note Pro. The Hancom Office suite, for viewing and editing documents, comes pre-installed, as does remote PC software for virtual access to your PC or Mac desktop. Meanwhile, the Cisco WebEx app allows for easy screen sharing during video calls. Buyers also get access to a variety of prepaid subscription services out of the box, including apps such as Dropbox and business publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek.
And this new notebook includes the same S Pen stylus software found in Samsung's other Note devices. Simply pull out the stylus from its slot — or hover the tip near the display and press the single button on its side — to access the compact Action Menu, which lets you jump to one of five useful pen input applications. That includes an app for jotting down new memos and an app for searching through old notes.
4. Laptop-style keyboard
Let's face it: for true productivity, a touch-screen keyboard simply doesn't cut it. To get real work done, most users need to pair their tablets with physical Bluetooth keyboards. That didn't stop Samsung from giving the Note Pro an innovative new virtual keyboard, which functions a lot like a laptop keyboard. For starters, it includes almost all the keys found on a standard keyboard, like Ctrl, Shift and Tab, as well as a set of directional arrow keys. Thanks to the Note Pro's multi-touch screen, you can press those keys together for common keyboard shortcuts such as copy, paste and cut. You can even hold Shift and Control, then use the directional arrows to highlight entire words or lines of text all at once, just like on a PC. Meanwhile, the large screen-size allows for a bigger keyboard, making virtual typing more comfortable.
5. Magazine UX
Samsung has replaced the familiar Touch Wiz Android overlay found on other Note devices with a new user interface dubbed the Magazine UX (short for User Experience). Unlike other Android interfaces, which put the focus on icon-sized apps, Magazine UX is all about widgets — apps that can be viewed and used without leaving the home screen. The Note Pro actually features three home screens, including one that puts the spotlight squarely on the tablet's business functionality. Out of the box, the business screen lets you view your calendar, day planner and email inbox all at once. It also lets you browse business news, and offers quick access to key apps such as remote PC software and a file manager. These apps let you browse files stored in the cloud.
With a blazingly fast octa-core processor, a huge and sharp screen, and unique productivity features, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is a tablet that's fine-tuned for business — but it won't come cheap. Samsung hasn't announced a shipping date or pricing details, but expect this new tablet to cost significantly more than the $499 Galaxy Note 10.1. This is a premium tablet that will come at a premium price, but serious business users will find a lot to like in the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.