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4 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display)
Sure, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) shares many similarities in terms of internal components and exterior design with the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition), but you couldn’t be more wrong to assume that it’s just a bigger version of its 10.1-inch sibling. We tell you how the bigger screen and the new software features make all the difference.
The Multi Window feature we saw on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) gets a boost on the new Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display), and now opens up to four windows (resizable too!) at the same time. Want to watch a video, reply an email, check your upcoming appointments, or take a note? There’s no need to cycle through the apps one screen at a time, as you can now see all of them at once. You can even open multiple instances of the same app (a couple of supported ones include Email and Internet), and copy and paste or drag and drop content across windows. Used in conjunction with Pen Window that allows simpler apps like Calculator to appear in smaller popup windows overlaying other apps, and you’re in for some serious multi-tasking treat.
To bring up the Multi Window side bar, you can either long-press the Back capacitive button or swipe inwards from the right edge of the screen. Then, drag an app and drop it in any of the four quadrants.
2. COMBINE WI-FI AND MOBILE DATA FOR FASTER DOWNLOADS WITH NETWORK BOOSTER
The Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) has an innovative feature called Network Booster, which is designed to improve your download speeds by bonding both Wi-Fi and cellular data connections so you can get that all-important file faster.
The Network Booster toggle is found under Settings > Connections. By default, it is turned off. Because you may incur additional cellular data charges, this function should be used judiciously; the Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) has sensibly imposed minimum file size options (selectable from 30MB to 500MB) for triggering Network Booster. In other words, you can put your mind at ease that Network Booster is only activated when you really need it. There are also visual cues when Network Booster kicks in, such as a two downwards-pointing arrows icon in the notification panel and data usage notifications.
USING IT AS AN OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY TOOL
While the Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) is great for both work and play, Samsung is clearly making a play for business users with various pre-installed office productivity apps. The key one is Hancom Office, which lets you view and edit documents (Hword), spreadsheets (Hcell), and presentations (Hshow). You should be able to open most standard office document file formats. In our testing, we found Hancom Office to be pretty powerful and easy to pick up due to its interface similarity to Microsoft’s popular productivity suite. Furthermore, use it with Multi Window, and you can drag and drop text or images from one window with another. Needless to say, Hancom Office also supports direct S Pen drawing. The Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) also comes with a Remote PC app (2-year subscription), for getting to your content on your home or office PC; Samsung e-Meeting that connects up to 20 people over a wireless access point, for greater collaboration in local meetings; and Cisco WebEx, for remote video conferencing and screen sharing.
4. PERFORMING CREATIVE AND EVERYDAY TASKS WITH EASE USING S PEN
Unlike other tablets, the Galaxy Note Pro (12.2” Display) has an active digitizer that supports true digital pen input, instead of relying on a capacitive pen that’s often not responsive enough. Along with support for pressure sensitivity and palm rejection, writing with the S Pen in the S Note app feels like you’re writing with a real pen on a real piece of paper.
Going hand-in-hand with the excellent S Pen hardware is Air Command, which brings up a radial menu of other S Pen features when you hover the pen over the screen and press the button on the pen. You can scribble something on screen and search the Internet in a seamless flow (Action Memo); circle content and send it to a scrapbook (Scrapbooker); perform screen captures and take notes directly on them (Screen Write); perform system-wide smart searches (S Finder); or fire up an app, use it, and then minimize it to a corner of the screen for later recall (Pen Window).
With Air Command, S Pen features like Action Memo and Scrapbooker are just a pen hover and a button click away.
Hancom Office comes with a free 2 year subscription if you buy a Galaxy PRO series tablet. For most people, it’s an adequate office productivity package.