Gadget Review: Samsung GALAXY Note PRO 12.2 by @jesseoguns

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The Samsung GALAXY Note PRO has just been released into the Nigerian market. I have had a trial Samsung GALAXY Note PRO 12.2 unit with me for two weeks courtesy of Samsung Mobile Nigeria.

I have never seen a tablet this big; but I see a lot of use for the device and I’m also delightfully surprised at how much people like it. As I write this, there’s someone by my desk that says he likes and wants it. He’s an iPad user. He went ahead to say he wished the iPad could be this big.

It’s all too common for people to exclaim: “this tablet is too big. Is it a (laptop) computer?” This is before they interact with it.  As soon as I flick the screen open and I give them to play with, they ask how much it is? They’re immediately thinking of how they’re going to own one. The size stops being an issue to them. The size is only an issue to most people just before they start interacting with the device.

As long as you’re not planning to use the Note PRO in public to answer phone calls like I did, I think you’re going to find a lot of use cases for it.

Like the name implies, the Note PRO is a professional tool. If you’re an artist, a creative person or a business person who’s always on the road and on the move, but won’t want to lug a laptop around all the time, you might want to get yourself this device. If you want to work on the Note PRO for an extended period of time, you can do that by adding additional accessories: the mouse and the keyboard.

Picture via Mashable
Picture via Mashable

How have I been using the Samsung GALAXY Note PRO 12.2?

I have used it primarily as a tool for watching movies and streaming videos on the Web (YouTube et’al). I also enjoy using it to surf the web and to read blog posts. It feels like I am reading on my desktop.

The large screen estate is a huge plus when you’re viewing your email and want to check a link that was shared with you in your email on the Web. As soon as you hit the link, it opens up and divides the screen into two. Aha! That keeps your email open and the link open at the same time. That feature allows you to divide your screen to four.


Sliding from the left edge of the screen inward reveals all the apps that can be used when dividing the screen into two, three or four.

Battery Life

The battery lasts forever. The battery in the NotePRO is large at 9500 mAh. Given the large screen estate and the very bright display, you’ll get an average of 12 hours from using it moderately and accessing the Web. That’s the claim of Samsung; and I was able to prove it is correct. One would think that due to the very large battery it is going to take a while to get the NotePRO to charge; that is far from it. It has a USB 3.0 port which makes hargin it very breezy. In no time you’re up to 100% charge.

Camera and Image

The NotePRO 12.2 is fitted with an 8 Megapixel back camera with flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. If you can dare enough to hold a tablet of that size up in the public to shoot a photo, you’ll get some decent shots with it. But you know that friends don’t let friends take photos with tablets, right?

Meet Spinlet’s SoCHIC! *Shot without flash using the 8 MP Camera of the NotePRO
Selfie Shot of oyeakd, I (Jesse) & SoCHIC! @ the Spinlet Office. Selfie taken with the 2 Megapixel Cam front facing cam of the NotePRO
Oye A.K.D., I (Jesse) & SoCHIC! @ the Spinlet Office. Selfie taken with the 2 Megapixel Cam front facing cam of the NotePRO

If you are bold enough, the camera (front and back) won’t disappoint you. You may also want to use it to scan documents and share it. It is imperative that a PRO tablet has a camera, don’t just use it to shoot picture at events and weddings. Just kidding. 🙂

The S Pen

The S Pen can detect even the most horrible handwriting. If you like to use handwriting instead if typing away on the NotePRO, be my guest. You can use the S Pen to perform a range of functions. I have written about some of these functions of the S Pen while reviewing the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 here.


Personally, I will pick the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 over the NotePRO 12.2 due to size. However, that is me. People have different needs and demands and that is what Samsung is trying to cater for. Going by the feedback I get from the people that have seen me with the NotePRO, it’s obvious there’s a market for a tablet of this size. How large the market is, is a different ball game entirely.



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