Samsung Galaxy Note Pro: Is the bigger display worth the money? [REVIEW]

This isn’t going to be your usual review. I’m not going to give you all of the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro and tell you everything I liked and didn’t like about it. Why? Because the major talking point of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is the display size.

More specifically, the Galaxy Note Pro I tested has a 12.2″ screen. We’re talking near-laptop size here. In fact, some would say that the Galaxy Note Pro is designed as a replacement for the laptop. I’m not one of those. I still think the tablet and laptop are two unique devices, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

Movies look gorgeous

Of course because of the ginormous screen size, the first thing I had to try on the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was Netflix. I immediately fired up the app and started playing a movie. That’s when I fell in love with the device. It’s by far the best movie-watching experience I’ve had on any tablet. Again, because of the screen size.

When I showed it to my kids, they fell in love with it too, imagining how cool it would be to hang out on their bed in their room watching Netflix movies. Or traveling in the car or on an airplane. There’s no denying these would all be fantastic experiences.

But in order to truly review the tablet, I had to consider everything else. Like the price tag, for instance. With a starting price of $750, the Galaxy Note Pro better wow me with more than a large display.

Too big for everything else?

Here’s the weird thing. The Galaxy Note Pro does wow just like any other Samsung tablet I’ve reviewed. But I’m not sure I want or need the larger display for anything other than watching movies. So much for the wow.

Furthermore, it felt awkward to use the on-screen keyboard but I’m guessing most people using the Galaxy Note Pro would pair it with a wireless keyboard to eliminate this issue. It also felt heavy since the larger display significantly adds to the weight.

On the positive side, the addition of the S-Pen and the ability to run multiple apps on the screen at the same time in separate “windows” is a nice touch. I intentionally put windows in quotation marks because it felt very much like I was running Microsoft Windows. Each app window even had a little “x” in the top right corner to close the app. Be careful, Samsung.

Final thoughts

So while I absolutely love the bigger screen for watching movies, in the end I just can’t justify the price tag for a tablet that’s almost too big for everything else I want to do with a tablet.

I’d love to hear your opinion on the display size. Do you think you would like a 12.2″ screen on a tablet or do you think we’ve already hit the sweet spot with 7″ and 10″ tablets? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Note: The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 in this review was provided to me by Verizon Wireless and can be purchased at your local Verizon Wireless store or at www.verizonwireless.com.

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3 Comments

  1. lin

    i prefer 7″ tablets for the weight and size, for easy carrying and holding. since i don’t have children at home don’t need it to amuse them, and the price is way to high for a tablet for me. it would be nice to run more than one app on the screen but… i agree that tablets and laptops are two separate uses and don’t think that it will ever merge into a good format

  2. master redfox

    For those of us who have visual problems viewing the smaller screen, this would be better. I am assuming it is about the same size of the full Ipad versus the mini Ipad. As for the weight factor,if it is lighter than a laptop which newer ones are about 4.5 lbs, I could tolerate inside my purse without a hassle. But for me to want to even consider a tablet versus a laptop is what I can do with it outside my home environment where my internet connection is solid and secure. I have enough problems getting a good connection even with my smartphone outside my home because of all restrictions on connections in my area and I don’t live in an obscure rural area either. I want to use a tablet like I see being used on those TV shows and not just for viewing shows or movies or playing games.

    • Patric Welch

      It’s actually quite a bit larger than the full-sized iPad. It’s 12.2″ vs. under 10″ for the iPad.