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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is Really, Really Big

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Stating this upfront. This is not a review. This isn’t a preview or a first look. This is a post that contains some observations. Now that is out the way, I want to talk briefly about the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. This weekend I found myself at Best Buy. OK, that’s inaccurate. I went there to pick up a few things and (don’t tell my wife) had every intention of buying a new Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Tablet to check out and review. I’ve been impressed with Samsung’s Galaxy Note line of devices and their Digital Inking capability and was excited to get my hands on the new, larger Note Pro 12.2 to see how well it worked on that larger sized Tablet. When I say “get my hands” I mean both hands, because it takes two hands to handle this beast.

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The Note Pro 12.2 is a larger Tablet. Anyone who doesn’t know that going in hasn’t been paying attention. I certainly did. But to my surprise the 12.2 Tablet is much larger than I imagined and much larger than I can handle, or rather want to handle. I’m sure there are users out there who might find a need for such a large Tablet, but I’m not one of them. Samsung’s acknowledged target market for the Note Pro 12.2 is the prosumer market. In my opinion the large size indicates that it will be a very small segment of the prosumer market that will be interested.

I handled the Tablet in the store for over an hour or so to try and get a feel for it before plunking down some cash to make the purchase. But in the end I decided that the large size was just too much for me and decided against the purchase. Holding the device in two hands I felt like I was holding a lunch tray at a fast food restaurant. Again, you may feel differently.

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Here’s the thing and it is all about personal preference (or at least hand size): there is no way you could work with this Tablet one handed. Not that everyone needs to, but that is certainly my preference. The Note Pro 12.2 requires two hands simply because of its size. Did I expect to need two hands? Yes. But even with both hands on this Tablet I felt very awkward holding it. I find it telling that Best Buy has the Note Pro 12.2 displayed propped up with a keyboard accessory instead of laying flat on a stand as most of their Tablets are.

Again, I’m not saying this is a poor Tablet at all. But the size just isn’t right for me. Given that this Tablet has a stylus and Samsung’s SPen software, my hunch is using it for any sort of Digital Inking would require the Tablet to lay flat on a surface or be on a stand of some sort. So sketching or note taking on the go is probably not going to work for most. We’ve seen graphic Tablets that lay flat on a surface available for quite some time, and users of that kind of Tablet are probably the market this will appeal to. It is hard for me to imagine the Note Pro 12.2 being a Tablet that anyone totes around for mobile work other than to transport it from one desk location to the other.

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I took a few pictures that are sprinkled throughout this post to try and give you some sense of the size difference. The most telling one is the side by side withe Note 10.1 2014 Edition below. That’s a 10.1 inch Tablet. You can see just how much extra real estate is available on the 12.2 model of this new Tablet in comparison.

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I won’t pass judgement on the Note Pro 12.2 in any way except to say it is a very large Tablet designed for those who might enjoy that extra size. If you’re interested in acquiring one of these Tablets, I would strongly recommend you find an outlet where you can put your hands on one before ordering if you choose to purchase online. Like I said, I was prepared for a larger Tablet. I wasn’t prepared for just how much larger this Tablet really is.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

7 Comments

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    02/24/2014 at 8:13 am

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  2. Bob

    02/24/2014 at 6:08 pm

    A piece of paper is 8.5 * 11 or 13.9 inches diagonal.

    I’m still waiting for a tablet that is actually big enough to ditch paper. 12.2 inches is just slightly shy of the 12.5 inch used space (with 0.5 inch white space margins) that would typically be used, but really I need all 13.9 inches of real estate.

    12.2 is better than 10, but still too small.

  3. dabomb

    02/25/2014 at 3:09 pm

    Sorry you have baby hands, but this is by far the best tablet I’ve had my hands on…

  4. Peter

    02/25/2014 at 6:52 pm

    (Warning extra-long comment (er, rant) I’m glad I got that off my chest)

    So, tell us what you REALLY think!!! (rhetorical question of course!)

    You state “This is not a review. This isn’t a preview or a first look. This is a post that contains some observations.” The following content is tantamount to a thinly veiled disparaging attack on Samsung products.

    I hope that the fact you are a MICROSOFT MVP has not influenced your opinion!

    “…because it takes two hands to handle this beast.” Well DUH! Overstating the obvious. Let’s see an iPad MINI user use it FULLY with one hand! This OBSESSION, yes OBSESSION, you and many other reviewers have about one handedness with larger phones and tablets is ridiculous. MOST iPhone (such a tiny phone) owners I know use it with two hands. The features that CAN be used one handed on an iPhone can also be done one handed on the Galaxy Note 3. I know, I use the Galaxy Note 3.

    So, for you the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is too big. Ok, I accept that. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is not for everyone. Those that choose to use it, no doubt choose it for its superior business capabilities and multi applications capability.

    Oh, by the way, it’s not the size of a lunch tray; it’s the size of a piece of paper.

    You also state, “In my opinion the large size indicates that it will be a very small segment of the prosumer market that will be interested.”

    With the rumours of the iPad Pro, of which some internet comments indicate the size will be 12.9” this prosumer market will probably remain small due to derogatory comments and reviews by you and others like you, until Apple “legitimises” the larger tablet.

    At this point of course Apple fanboys and devotees (otherwise known as sheep) will praise the forthcoming Apple tablet like Moses followers when he first introduced HIS (stone) tablets.

    Get over it! There is a market for larger tablets, Samsung happened to be the first. This does NOT make it wrong, just like a 12.x” iPad does not make it right.

    In case it does not come across in my post, yes, I am a Samsung and Android fan (ok, maybe a “Fandroid”) however this does NOT cause me to go about making derogatory comments about iPads of any size. Each have their own user base and fans.

    Android, via the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 suits my needs exceptionally well, much better than an iPhone. iPhone devotees find their device more suitable that’s fine, go for it.

    My Note three currently has open, the Chrome browser (with 11 tabbed windows readily available), the calendar and five “pen windows”, contacts, calculator, phone, clock and the standard browser. This of course is not the usual situation and the Note 3 screen as big as it is, is a little tight for 9 apps on the screen at once. However the convenience of many apps on THIS phone is still very useful. The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with such a vast screen space would make exceptional use of so many apps available at one time.

    Finally, your comment “…my hunch is using it for any sort of Digital Inking would require the Tablet to lay flat on a surface or be on a stand of some sort.” Why? Do people you know, work with, store keepers etc., etc. do they lay their clipboards down “ON A FLAT SURFACE” to write on them? Come on. Keep your comments sensible!

    Don’t forget, that the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is still a fully functional phone, so with the convenience of a Bluetooth headset, users can walk around with their business sized (clipboard sized?) tablet on their arm, writing and making notes or sketches while still communicating with others.

    Kind regards

    Peter

  5. Niels

    02/26/2014 at 4:52 am

    Hey Warner, apologies for the novel below. But, I need to corroborate your piece. I’ve never seen such a completely accurate representation of the way something looks / feels in the hand as the one you’ve just articulated. I did exactly the same thing you did (cruise over Best Buy for a Note Pro 12.2 test run about a week ago). If you are simply talking about tablet performance, I found it smoother / better than the N10.1-2014Ed. But, I had a feeling that mainly was due to Android 4.4 KitKat w/TW on the Pro vs 4.3 Jelly Bean w/TW on the 10.1. The screen was phenomenal the tablet was really snappy. I loved it, except for the size. This really surprised me, as I love big screens. I am 6’2″ with a larger frame and big hands, and even still, this tablet was too much for me. It seemed too unwieldy. Taking it out of and putting it into my bag (I’m a grad student) just would have been too much trouble. You’re lunch tray comparison isn’t too far off the mark. I would also liken it to a hardback coffee table photo book of equal thinkness. I really liked the Pro’s extra screen real estate for viewing pictures and videos, but in the end I bought the Note 10.1-2014Ed for portability and ease of use. It is on the list of devices to get the 4.4 KitKat update some time this year, so I hope that takes care of the occasional lag here or there.

  6. Roberto Agdan

    02/26/2014 at 5:46 am

    My first immagination, is a little big on my note 10.1 2012 first released . I just bought that 2014 edition for my wife, planning to take that 12.2, if it styled like the 2014 . Its not yet here at trony roma , where i bought all of my gadgets. Wait and find out if it pass on my curriosity. I love technology, and willing to get .

  7. Landon Dodd

    02/27/2014 at 2:31 am

    All the critics complained that the original note “phablet” was too big and even mocked it. Well, look what happened.

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