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In the video studio, Brian is setting up for his shoot with the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet. A colleague pops in to chat.
Colleague: Hey Brian, don’t we have a meeting this morning?
Objective Brian: I’ve just got to shoot this video with the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 tablet, it’s available today. Just wait there for a few minutes.
Colleague: That tablet is huge! Are you giving it a good review or a bad review?
Objective Brian: Hrmm…. (strokes chin in contemplation)
Angel Brian: This thing was awesome! Samsung’s created a tablet unlike any other on the market. Good review!
Devil Brian: Fat chance. This thing is oversized and clumsy. Plus, I can’t use my pitchfork as a stylus.
Objective Brian: Hi I’m Brian Jackson and this is All Hands on Tech. With the NotePRO, Samsung is getting serious about tablets for the business market. To ensure a premium experience the NotePRO has not one, but two multi-core CPUs under the hood. Plus its large screen is sharp and gives you lots of space to work with.
Objective Brian: Samsung wants to send the message that its tablets could be used as your primary computing device, not just a sidekick to a PC. So it allows you to connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to navigate around the user interface instead of relying on the touch screen.
Devil Brian: Oh come on. Who would actually do this? You still had to lean over and touch the screen a lot. The mouse also didn’t seem to work will with the multi-window mode.
Angel Brian: Using a Bluetooth keyboard is a huge productivity booster on tablets. The mouse is a cool bonus, imagine how useful that would be if you were giving a presentation on the tablet.
Objective Brian: The NotePro takes advantage of this large 12.2 inch screen by allowing you to run multiple apps side-by-side. You simply pull out a list of apps from the side of the screen and drop them into different panes to start multi-tasking.
Angel Brian: Exactly the step that Samsung needed to take to seriously appeal to professionals. Without multi-window multi-tasking, a tablet OS will never compete with Windows or Mac OS X.
Devil Brian: Many apps don’t work in multi-pane mode. Plus, you’re still limited to four apps running at once, and those apps are looking pretty squished at that point. You call that productivity?
Objective Brian: The NotePRO has oodles of extra features to make it as flexible a tool as possible. There’s an IR port, and wireless display support, a dongle that allows you to plugin to an Ethernet jack, and of course the S-Pen. Aside from handwriting notes on the tablet, you can use this stylus to create a new window pane by drawing it.
Angel Brian: Yes! These capabilities mean the tablet is future proof. The S-Pen makes using the device as intuitive as possible.
Devil Brian: You mean future proof until next year, when Samsung will probably release an improved second-generation version of this tablet. Maybe the S-Pen would be useful if your handwriting was better than a five-year-old with carpal tunnel.
Objective Brian: Can it you two! Every tablet has its plusses and minuses. The NotePRO may be the most versatile device on the market and is in a class of its own. There’s still some kinks to iron out for Samsung with the TouchWiz UI, so don’t count on using this as your primary device just yet. But the screen size and performance on offer can’t be ignored.
Colleague: Are you talking to yourself again?
Objective Brian: No…. Yes. (Turns to camera) The Note Pro is available in Canada now for $769. You can also pick up the TabPro 12.2, without the S-Pen for $100 less.