Samsung Galaxy Note Pro: Can an Android tablet be a productivity workhorse?

Mar 28 2014, 13:48 IST
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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro carries an estimated price tag of Rs 64,990. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro carries an estimated price tag of Rs 64,990.
SummarySamsung Galaxy Note Pro has a great display and some nice software tweaks to make it appealing.

was a noticeable lag. Scrolling wasn’t smooth and switching between apps became slow. That’s disappointing, considering that this is such an expensive tablet.

The on-screen keyboard deserves a special mention here. It looks like a mechanical keyboard and improved my typing speed because several common actions were just like those on a physical keyboard. There’s a dedicated row of numbers at the top and when you press shift, you will see special characters. Still, the experience isn’t as good as a physical keyboard and you should get one if you intend to type a lot.

If you plan to use Note Pro as a device for presentations, especially those that involve video, this tablet won’t disappoint. The speakers are loud enough and the screen is big enough for small conference rooms. The battery life is quite good. With moderate use, the tablet ran out of charge in two days.

The Note Pro has a great display and some nice software tweaks to make it appealing as a productivity workhorse. But the big question is whether you are willing to shell out Rs 64,990 for a productivity tablet. At that price point, there are excellent laptops in the market that would do the job just as well. Android, in spite of Samsung’s tweaks, still isn’t a great platform for tablet apps. For those reasons, it’s hard to recommend the Note Pro over an Ultrabook or a MacBook. Still, if portability and big screen size are quintessential, then the Note Pro is a good productivity device, even if the price is steep.

Estimated street price: Rs 64,990

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