Samsung’s latest large-size Android tablet, the powerhouse Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 12.2 has just come up for pre-order on Amazon, with an entry price of $649 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. It will start shipping on March 9 in the US.
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 is the $100 cheaper version of the recently released Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, with the only difference being that the NotePRO has an integrated S Pen stylus which makes note taking on the tablet a smoother experience.
Other than that they both have the same high-end hardware specs and unrivalled set of features, which includes a 12.2-inch display with 2560 x 1600 resolution, Samsung’s own Exynos 5 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, a 2MP front camera and a 8MP rear camera with LED flash, and the 9500mAh battery with an average battery life of 13 hours.
Customers of the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 aren’t just paying for Samsung quality and the large size of the tablet, but also for the extensive bundle that comes along with this 12.2-inch tablet. And for the 32GB model taking orders, these include features such as a $25 Google Play credit, 1 year of Gogo In-flight Wi-Fi, 50GB Dropbox space (2 years), Bitcasa, Bloomberg Businessweek＋, Blurb, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Easilydo Pro for Tablet, Sketchbook Pro (stub), Evernote, Hancom Office for Android, LinkedIn, LIVESPORT.TV, NY Times, Oxford Advanced Learner’s A-Z, Link, Group Play, and Remote PC.
But the combined 12.2-inch display with the ability to multitask in 4 different windows at once is perhaps the most outstanding feature of this tablet. Although the process of engaging with all that multitasking will be easier with the S Pen of the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 instead.
There’s little point in waiting for the release of the 64GB model, since a microSD card will do the same job for a fraction of the price. The microSD card support on the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 is for cards up to 64GB. And currently, even a quality 64GB microSD card from Sony with a 40MB/s transfer speed costs just under $40. So for most people, this is the cheapest way to increase the storage on a tablet.
Ever since the NotePRO version of this tablet was released on February 13 in the US, it has been enjoying a very high customer rating, so it will be exiting to see if people who buy the stylus-less but otherwise identical TabPRO, will give it a different rating.
- Jim Miller