Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 review

Samsung throws everything into the fledgling maxi-tablet category

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The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 may be unwieldy, but by providing its S Pen stylus system with a 12.2-inch canvas on which to operate, it finally feels like the consistently useful productivity tool it always threatened to be.

Samsung still needs to work on its overall design and build quality standards if it's to justify charging so much for a tablet, but it's definitely onto something interesting here.

We liked

That extra 2.1 inches makes all the difference for productivity. It turns out that a 12.2-inch display unlocks the S Pen system's full potential.

I also enjoyed the slight boost this extra screen space gave to a number of normal tablet functions, from movie watching to web browsing and even proper stereo sound separation.

Samsung's latest UI modifications also represent a genuine progression from their previous cluttered efforts. It's still not perfect, but it's an improvement.

We disliked

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 doesn't wear its extra inches lightly – this is as big and bulky as you might have feared, and holding it in one hand for any length of time is out of the question.

If Samsung has shown signs that it's learning lessons in the field of software design, there's no indication yet that it's ready to join Apple, Nokia, and HTC at the top when it comes to premium hardware design. It just doesn't look or feel like a £650 ($850, around AU$940) tablet.

Indeed, that price is perhaps the biggest snag of all – especially with such classy rivals in the same price category, or even cheaper.

Final verdict

As the first significant manufacturer to step forward with its vision of a super-sized tablet, Samsung has quite a job on its hands to convince the world that there is a genuine need, and that this isn't just a gimmick.

If nothing else, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 successfully answers that question to the affirmative. It's not a tablet you'll want to lug around with you or whip out in public, and it is dauntingly expensive.

But if productivity is foremost in your mind as you shop for an Android tablet, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's combination of huge HD display and S Pen interactivity is a compelling combination.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerSamsung
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali-T628
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Product FamilyGalaxy NotePRO
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model5420
Operating SystemAndroid 4.4 KitKat
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.90 GHz
Processor TypeExynos 5 Octa
Screen Size31 cm (12.2")
Screen Resolution2560 x 1600
Standard Memory3 GB
Weight (Approximate)753 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologySuper Clear
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height8 mm
Width295.5 mm
Depth204 mm
Screen ModeWQXGA
Product ModelSM-P900
Product NameGalaxy NotePRO SM-P900 Tablet
Product LineGalaxy NotePRO
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberSM-P9000ZKAXEF
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationStunning 12.2" WQXGA Display

Powering entertainment and empowering productivity.

Whether you're watching a performance or creating a presentation, do it all with the GALAXY PRO Series. The 12.2" WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display means more of everything; more color, more information and more detail. This versatile screen allows you to "flip" through digital magazines, review detailed work documents or enjoy your favorite movies with dual Speakers.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy NotePRO SM-P900 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus