Re­view: Sam­sung Note Pro 12.2

sam­sung’s notepro 12.2 ups the screen size for cre­ative pros, de­mand­ing worka­holics, mul­ti­taskers, and maybe you

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The hard­work­ing tablet with two quad­core pro­ces­sors and en­vi­able mu­ti­task­ing skills

Big­ger can be bet­ter, if you’re look­ing for the power and the space to run mul­ti­ple apps at once, but will the NotePro 12.2 re­ally be a hit in the workplace?

The 12.2-inch, 1600x2560 res­o­lu­tion screen will cer­tainly at­tract at­ten­tion in meet­ings, with real depth of colour and bril­liantly crisp text. The An­droid OS , KitKat, is also on­board, al­though it’s been dressed in Sam­sung’s TouchWiz UI, which is start­ing to show its age.

Adding a touch of mod­ern spice to that in­ter­face, though, is the new Mag­a­zine UX. It’s a cross be­tween Flip­board and HTC’s Blinkfeed, with a nice Win­dows 8-style tile­based look, but you’re re­stricted to us­ing Sam­sung’s own limited se­lec­tion of apps.

Mul­ti­task­ing be­tween those apps is seam­less, though – you can have up to four open si­mul­ta­ne­ously, choos­ing how much screen space each one oc­cu­pies (even if they don’t all re­size prop­erly). The rea­son for those slick mul­ti­task­ing abil­i­ties? Not one but two quad­core pro­ces­sors: the first, at 1.9GHz, deals with de­mand­ing tasks while the sec­ond, at 1.3GHz, con­cerns it­self with the mun­dane stuff. It’s this di­vi­sion of labour that al­lows the Pro 12.2 to boast a 13-hour bat­tery life.

This is un­doubt­edly a pow­er­ful tablet and will find an au­di­ence, but we’re not con­vinced that a big­ger screen ac­tu­ally makes for a more pro­duc­tive you; a more cash-poor you with less space in your bag, per­haps. $1,099 (32GB), $1,249 (32gb + 4g), Sam­sung.com/au

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