News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 07, 2014.
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It took time for me to wrap my brain around the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and the Galaxy TabPRO 12.2. I see tablets as mobile devices, but there's very little "mobile" about the prospect of a tablet this large. Sure, the devices are thin enough to fit inside a bag and weigh less than the laptop you lug around all day, but the point of tablets is to be lighter and better than our laptops at doing things that aren't high-powered. I don't see the 12.2-inch devices as the easiest ways of showcasing those features.
However, after spending a few minutes with the device tethered to a security cord, I had to put aside my personal notions about mobility and focus on what it is - a massive display with a complete reworking of the way Samsung's version of Android is supposed to interact on a tablet. People often complain that tablets are just scaled-up versions of phone operating systems that don't take advantage of the screen, but Samsung did not fall into that trap when using the main home screen. The Galaxy TabPro makes use of every inch of that display with a new version of the My Magazine concept that adapts to many widgets appearing on the home screen as if you're building a more current version of Windows 8. Calendars, news, photos, and more appear on the all new launcher, so it's a more organized and flexible way to view your most important content. The Galaxy Note Pro has the same hardware and software as the TabPRO, with the exception of S Pen functionality to turn that big canvas into an even bigger workstation for drawing and note taking.
Both of Samsung's mega-sized tablets (specs can be seen here), pack plenty of power, but the changes in software are what's most likely to attract someone's attention. With a full-sized keyboard that can do things like use Ctrl+A, C, V to select all, copy, and then paste, Samsung's graduating its software into a place that it treads on traditional desktop territory. It's nowhere near that close in terms of the capability of what can be accomplished on a ATIV notebook or a Macbook, but a few of the traditional experiences are trickling down in a way that makes sense for a mobile device. Here's a look at the two tablets and a couple of the changes that Samsung has introduced to the Galaxy Note Pro and TabPRO series.
Andrew is based in Miami, Florida.