Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2: Unboxing & Overview

by birtanpublished on May 23, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the Galaxy Note pro 12.2 inch now there's actually two Galaxy Note pros there is the 10.1 inch and the largest the 12.2 inch there's also a Galaxy Tab pro which comes in 10.1 inch or 8.4 inch so I will be reviewing those in separate videos so in terms of the note again it's just a version of the Galaxy Tab that includes a built-in stylus just like the note series we've reviewed before the note 3 and the 10.1 but the pro series is geared toward Pro consumers or people who want to produce on their tablet instead of consume on their tablet so it's geared toward

Multitasking and that sort of thing so it has a new version of TouchWiz which we're going to take a look at so this is running the latest version of Android Android 4.4 and that new version of TouchWiz now in terms of specs this is the SMP 900 but there is an LTE version and the 3G version now the LTE version actually uses different specs it has a Snapdragon 800 processor this is using an octa-core exynos processor so if we look at the specs here you can see the Exynos processor has a main processor clocked at 1.9 gigahertz quad-core plus a 1.3 gigahertz quad-core processor we

Have an 8 megapixel camera with all the focusing and a 2 megapixels secondary camera we have gps and glonass we have 3 gigs of ram we have a 90 500 milliamp hour battery very large battery we have watch on which works with the IR LED blaster like all Samsung devices have these days of course we have the S Pen and then we have full 1080p playback and recording now if we look at the resolution twelve point nine inches wqxga 2560 by 1600 so that's better than 1080p this is a TFT LCD display so that pixel density is good for 247 alright so the packaging is pretty familiar we've

Seen this since 2013 basically every Samsung device comes with this it's environmentally friendly uses soy ink and recyclable paper so let's go ahead and crack the seal here to get it out of its box I'm just going to slice the tab all right so we're going to pull this tab open should have a little tray here so we can pull on slides right out yes that is really big all right so let's just lift this tab freeze it from its train yes it's quite large stands out quite a bit if you're used to 10.1 inch or smaller so it's a large tablet feels pretty hefty but it

Feels relatively lightweight for its size of course we have our plastic wrapper also pointing to our S Pen Stylus on the right side and on the back we have another wrapper also pointing to some of the features including our micro SD card slot S Pen and that sort of thing so let's go and get the wrappers off and take a look around on the back as well should be a temp somewhere now the design there's nothing new for Samsung we have this full leather back panel this is available in white or black I actually think black tends to look better with this faux leather so if

You look closely along the side we have the stitching again fake it's just hard plastic it doesn't have a soft touch to it at all but it gives you a nicer texture to grip on to instead of a slippery plastic up here we have our 8 megapixel all the focusing camera with LED flash so that's quite nice and then it's actually got a piece of plastic cover in so it's going to peel that off there we go just above that is the IR blaster which works with a watch on app and the microphone we have our volume rocker and sleep-wake buttons you can see I have

Also plastics surrounding the edges so let's go and peel that off as well along the right side we have our headphone jack we have one of our speakers so we have stereo speakers on the left hand and right hand side now along the right hand side you'll find your micro SD card slot supports 64 gig cards it's behind this little plastic door here which you can pop off there you go this does come with 32 or 64 gigs 32 gigs is 750 dollars 64 gigs is 850 dollars we also have our USB 3.0 port for faster daily speeds and faster charging as well we have one of our

Speakers our right hand speaker and our S Pen so the S Pen very similar to what you see with the note 3 as well pops right out and hides into the silo now let's go and take a quick look at the accessory so we have our USB 3.0 cable now you can also charge this and sync this with a USB 2.0 cable a microUSB cable and we also have our wall adapter for charging our tablet and then we have some literature so we have our Galaxy Note pro Quick Start Guide tells you about the features only in the Galaxy has its reward so if you register your

Device you get some rewards from Samsung some instructions on how to update the software and your standard health and safety and warranty guide in multiple languages now we also have this toolkit for replacing the nibs on your S Pen so you use this tool to pull out the nibs on your S Pen and here are the replacements so they do wear out with heavy use now for the most part this looks like a blown-up version of the note 10.1 2014 edition I reviewed the only thing that really stands out differently are these Android controls so you'll see down here then although

They're in the same location you can see they're orientated toward this landscape position you'll see that we now have a recent apps button on the note 12.2 versus the menu button on the 10.1 we still have the same back button of course we have our home buttons now the design is geared toward landscape orientation and you can see that the bezels are a little thinner toward the left-hand and right-hand side on both of these so you can see they're just scaled up for the size of the tablet so they're meant to be used primarily in landscape orientation but of course you can use it

In portrait now of course we also have our front-facing camera this is a two megapixel camera which is good for 1080p HD video and of course we have our ambient light sensor alright so let's take a quick look at the new user experience I've already logged into my Google account and my samsung account and so I can take a look at what's going on here so we can unlock the device you can see we get a little different animation there you can see we have what looks like standard TouchWiz doesn't look like there's anything new here but there are a few new features for one

Thing the magazine user experience is actually a home screen that's one of the home screens so you basically pan to the left and you get to one of the layouts which is sort of aggregating news stories so we have news Science and Technology Arts and Culture Sports and we also have Samsung watch on which is part of the remote app that uses the our blaster we have another pain here that's geared toward business users so we have our calendar email we have our office suite so we do have an office suite here for opening documents and then we have another pane here which is

Geared toward news and information but you can see there's just two of them and otherwise it's pretty much the standard TouchWiz user experience so you can see you can pinch in and out to see all of your home screens you can add new ones or you can remove them as well just by taking them up to remove so again pretty familiar TouchWiz stuff now you can also bring down your drop down shade which has been updated slightly so you can see the toggles are now more of a simple layout more of a simple design some would say flatter I like it better it's a little brighter so you can see all of

Your notifications down here as well quick access toggles you can see that you can pan through them as well you can go the settings to get to more controls let's go back down to our drop down here and you can see the full view of all your toggles so you can still see we have smart stay smart pause air view screen mirroring multi window mode which we're going to talk about which has been enhanced here we have blocking mode reading mode Bluetooth screen rotation pretty much the standard array of toggles we also can edit those takes us to our editor and you can see the ones

That are available which are not up here you have a limited number that you can put up here so you have smart stay smart pause sync and airplane mode so you have all of these features were familiar with with touch wiz you can also see that the Settings panel has been redesigned again simpler design more colorful more uniform icons it definitely looks a lot better overall you can see also the apps icons have been redesigned now you can also go to your app drawer and see plenty of apps they've included some of them have been downloaded like Geekbench 3 because I've restored my from my

Account so you can see an app folder full of samsung apps including sketchbook for galaxy and a few other things we haven't seen before we're going to explore those in my review video and we have the standard array of google apps as well we have watch on the watch on App Twitter music my files which is our file navigator which is a really nice piece of software that Samsung has include we have our gallery up again with new icons new camera calendar let's take a look at the calendar see what they've done here again so it looks like they

Removed some of that skeuomorphism which was kind of duplicating Apple and they've cleaned it up nicely now if you look down here you'll see we have our little slider for navigating between our pains but you also have these little icons which indicate the presence of magazine UX so if you want to jump to it I have to do is tap on it takes you right to it now the magazine UX is very similar to Flipboard in fact it's powered by Flipboard so you have your sections here which are dedicated to certain subjects from sports to arts and culture Science and Technology and just

News you can refresh the feed up here and then you can move between the stories like so or you can tap on any one of them to get you right to the full magazine viewer and you can move between these pages just like that and if you want to go fullscreen with the article just tap on it again and turn the page now when you're in this magazine UX you can tap here to get to your apps so you can go right to your apps let's say you want to launch Chrome there we go now the other big story with the pro-series is this multi window mode and as you can see when you swipe your finger from the

Outside right edge it brings up your multi window tray so this allows you to select apps and you can launch up to four at one time so let me show you how that works so again slide them from the right and let's go ahead and open up Chrome so basically you can drag it let's scroll up you're drag it and launch it alright let's also launch hangouts as you can see it automatically splits it up for you and then we're going to do something else let's do YouTube and then let's do Gmail so there you go you have four windows open at the same time and that

Allows you to interact with all of this at the same time so it's very unique in fact this you can put more windows on a Samsung Android tablet than you can a Windows tablet you can resize them as well just by dragging it around you see it's not instantaneous but it gets the job done so now I can watch a YouTube video in one quadrant can chat on hangout in another quadrant I can do research on Chrome in another and I can read my email all at the same time and as you can see I get a little keyboard for interacting before every window I'm in

So you can see doesn't completely block another one over Windows so at least you can move it around get out of the way to you to what's going to get that in what's up guys Mike here at the up again somewhere over here brings up the keyboard look you need to move out on 13 to see what Apple did throughout the year and what my personal top 5 picks now as I mentioned the menu button has been replaced with recent amps so as you can see we have a new interface for recent apps this allows us to open apps and for example it brings up our settings but one of the great things

Here with that multi window mode is that once you've closed it in order to get back to it all you have to do is get back to one of the apps that was in that multi window mode so let's go to recent apps let's go to Chrome brings it all up again so you don't lose it every time you minimize it so that's kind of nice now when it comes time to close one of these apps I have to do is swipe them out of the way now if you tap anywhere on the home screen you can see that we have this editor so we can set the wallpaper for the home screen lock screen or home and lock screens we can

Also add apps and widgets folders or pages so if you want to create a folder you name it here so there you go there is your new folder you can see there's also a slightly different design here and you can drag your apps up into it of course we also have the S Pen which is identical to the S Pen from the note 10.1 2014 edition and the note 3 so if you look at the S Pen you'll see we got our Samsung branding along the side this sort of metal finish we also have the button here for selecting things when you're using the s-pen and there's our little nib which interacts with the

Screen now when you bring out the S Pen you can see we get this little arrow command utility again identical to the note 10.1 2014 edition and actually if it disappears like that I have to do is tap the button along the S Pen over when you hover it over the screen and it reappears so you can see we have action memo scrapbooker screen right s finder and pen window these are all features I'll cover when I do my full review but if you want to see it now just take a look at my note 10.1 review and it's very similar now take a look at the Android controls they have also been

Updated latest version of android so for example to get to Google now just happen to hold the home button takes you right there what's the weather like tomorrow tomorrow's forecast for Rochester is 23 degrees with a chance of snow showers set an appointment for 8:00 p.m. tonight to finish this review touch to continue so as you can see we have full integration and you also have s voice so s voice is still here you just double tap the home button to get to s voice what's the weather like tomorrow it will be cold out there on Saturday with a

High of 20 degrees don't forget your hat and scarf the voice still sounds terrible and it's still kind of slow but there you go s voice is still there if you want it but you do have a lot of integrated actions with s voice now this tablet is geared toward productivity and professionals you'll see apps geared toward enterprise environments including WebEx remote PC and a meeting we also have hand comm viewer which is a document here so it allows you a few standard documents like PDFs Word Excel Messer thing in terms of performance or Geekbench three scores are pretty solid

So we have a multi-core score of 26 46 s pretty high a nice thanks to the octa-core processor and then our single core score is also really high 915 again running Android 4.4.2 with three gigs of RAM and our eight core processor so pretty impressive this is actually almost identical to the note 10.1 2014 edition that's because they respect the same way at least the Wi-Fi version now one of the benefits of having this large display is having a large virtual keyboard it's almost full size although not quite so here I have my Apple keyboard don't let go sleep here we have

My Apple keyboard which shows you that it's still larger than this display and the keys are still bigger but sexy pretty close it's certainly more roomy than a 10-inch tablet so the idea here is that you should be able to type more comfortably although you still have to get used to it I still have to look at the keys I can't just look up only at what I'm typing here it's still something you have to get used to and it's still kind of tight it doesn't feel natural and unfortunately like most keywords you can't just put your fingers down on your home keys and

Then type normally you still have to keep your key your fingers off the surface so you still have to look at where your fingers are going most of the time now we still have lots of keyboard options including the split keyboard so this allows you to use thumb typing and you can move it around as well now in terms of the camera app it's also been visually updated so you can see some design changes here but most of the features are the same from something like the Note 10.1 2014 and the note 3 so it's a really full-featured camera we have lots of modes here beauty face best

Photo best face sound and shot drama rich tone HDR eraser panorama sports auto beauty face etcetera etcetera we also have these auto modes up here we have our settings up here again pretty familiar stuff and we have our video camera as well we can turn the stabilization on or off it looks like it's off by default so you have lots of features in here for a tablet camera I also have our filters down here and you can download filters actually from the App Store from Samsung's app store or you can edit exactly what a filter appears here so you can manage exactly

What appears now what I don't see here is dual shot mode that's the one that allows you to record both the front-facing and rear-facing camera at the same time now just to give you some idea of the size here we have the iPad air nine point seven inch display and as you can see the iPad air virtually fits into the display the display of the Tab pro is actually bigger than the entire iPad air itself so you can see it's a much larger tablet now like the note 10.1 2014 edition this is also a beautiful LCD IPS display rich colors nice contrast bright whites definitely a

Superb display looks great off access and you have really sharp text now of course you can use the tablet in landscape or portrait orientation but it definitely feels a little awkward in portrait orientation that's always the case with these widescreen tablets so it definitely encourage you to use it this way alright guys so that is my first look at the galaxy note 12.1 with a new magazine user experience I will be doing a full review a complete feature walk three of this tablet so stay tuned for that and until then I'll see you again in the next video

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