Should you get the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro whopper-sized tablet?
If you believe bigger is better, you may want this tablet.
Smartphones aren't the only thing getting bigger -- so are some tablets. Samsung has brought out its biggest to date: The big 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro. It it something you should get, or is it overkill?
Let's start with this upfront: If bigger is better for you, you want this tablet. Its screen, at a full 12.2 inches, with 2560-by-1600 resolution, means that you can get serious word done on it -- after all, it's even bigger than the 11-inch MacBook Air. At its size, it's a true productivity machine. It erases the distinction that some people make between tablets and laptops, that tablets are for consuming content, and laptops for creating content. This device does both.
Bringing that point home is its pen that you can use for input. It fits neatly into a small slot, so that you don't need to worry about losing it. And on a larger-sized tablet, that pen comes in even more handy than on smaller devices. If you felt awkward using a pen on the smaller-sized version of this tablet, you won't likely feel that way using this.
Because of the device's large screen, you'll also find it much easier to type on this than on smaller tablets, because the onscreen keyboard is much roomier. You'll be less likely to accidentally tap the wrong key. And if you're a fast typist, you may surprise yourself be being to type more quickly on it that you might imagine.
Its multi-window feature means that you'll be able to have up to four apps open simultaneously on its large screen. That's good, although the down side is that resizing those windows tends to be a bit laggy.
Surprisingly, even at its size, it's still light and svelte. It weighs in at a bit over 1.5 pounds, and is only a tad over .3 inches thick.
So with all that, what's not to like? Performance, for one. It's adequate, but as the resizing issue shows, it's no killer machine. And then there's the price: $750. That's more of a laptop price than a tablet price. For a little less than that, you can get a Dell XPS 14-inch ultrabook, with 8 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, and plenty of ports. Or for $300 less you can get a Lenovo Thinkpad 15.6-inch laptop, with 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. In fact, you could buy the Lenovo Thinkpad and buy any one of a number of Chromebooks for $200, and still have money left over compared to what you'll pay for the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note Pro.
So should you buy it? If you want a big-sized tablet with big-size productivity, the answer is yes. But if the price tag is too rich, you'll want to stay away.