The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's robust business-focused software offering and top-end hardware justify its high starting price.
Large sized and sharp screen, S Pen a great productivity aid, robust enterprise application offering, powerful processor, decent battery life
Magazine UX may confuse some users, relatively expensive
Model: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Display: 12.2in WQXGA 2560x1600, 247ppi, Super Clear LCD
Processor: Exynos 5 Octa processor
Memory: 3GB RAM
Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat with Magazine UX skin
Storage: 32GB and 64GB, upgradeable via micro SD
Cameras: 8MP rear, 2MP front
Ports: Micro USB, audio jack and micro SD
Samsung's Galaxy series of smartphones and tablets have grown to become the biggest players in the consumer space since launching in June 2009. However, running on Android – an operating system synonymous with security breaches and Trojan apps – Samsung has had more of a fight in getting its Galaxy smartphones and tablets into the enterprise.
But the firm has spent the past year rolling out a steady stream of security and software updates designed to increase the corporate appeal of Galaxy devices.
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is the latest step in this shift, and Samsung refers to it as its first ever tablet that's "designed for business". With prices starting at £650, though, some have questioned the tablet's chances of success against its more established Windows and iOS competition.
Design and build
The most immediately noticeable thing about the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is its size, measuring in at a huge 296x204x7.95mm. Interestingly, though, it didn't feel unwieldy to pick up.
This is largely because, while the tablet is far from usable one handed, Samsung has chosen the same ergonomic design featured on its Galaxy Note smartphone.
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 features the same slightly curved metal edges and faux-leather backplate as the Note 3. The backplate is a nice touch as its textured finish not only makes the tablet feel much sturdier than its plastic-finished Galaxy Tab predecessors, it also makes it easier to get a firm grip when holding it.
Despite its large size, the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 isn't overly heavy, with the WiFi version we reviewed weighing 750g. While this means the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is heavier than many comparable tablets, it is still travel friendly and light enough to carry around in a satchel or briefcase. Thanks to the co-operation of a female colleague, we were able to prove that the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 will fit in most regular-sized handbags also.
Sadly, Samsung hasn't taken advantage of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2's size by adding more I/O; it has basic micro SD card, audio jack and USB 3.0 ports.
We also noticed that the Galaxy Note Pro's button placement was slightly odd. Samsung has chosen to design the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for use in landscape as opposed to portrait mode, placing its physical Home and capacitive Menu and Back buttons on the tablet's bottom long side.
This isn't too much of a problem, but it can make using the tablet in portrait a little awkward and is slightly odd given the fact that – unlike other Android tablets with this button configuration – the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 doesn't feature an attachable keyboard.