Despite the Korean giant having firm footing in the smartphone arena, it took time to plant its feet in the tablet segment.
However, the smartphone lead was something that Samsung did not contemplate to let go. Initiating the tablet lineup with Tab series, Samsung eventually gained recognition with its Note lineup.
Design and Handling
The largest screen in the tablet segment offer Samsung’s standard design – a metal strip running along the edge with the highlighted faux leather back. It is suitable for both casual as well as formal situations. As with other Samsung offerings, the Note 12.2 comes in plastic chassis with leather touch finish. It weighs 753 grams, making it uneasy to carry for long hours. However, the larger specs offer comfortable and secure grip.
In opposition, the Note 10.1 (2014) offers a similar design as celebrated Note 3 from Samsung Galaxy lineup. The artificial leather back, along with slimmer and narrower specifications offers a weight of 540 grams. The S Pen stylus is similar to its Note 3 sibling. However, with excellent build quality, the Note 10.1 (2014) becomes a desirable tablet.
The Pro 12.2 includes a bigger 12.2-inch LCD screen with Super Clear technology. It offers a resolution of 1600 x 2560 pixels. The RGBW screen provides improved brightness, resulting in 247-ppi of pixel density. The display offers dramatic colors at wide viewing angles. Despite dull black levels, the Pro 12.2 offers adequately bright screen having good contrast. Under direct sunlight, the text is legible and can handle reflections for a great viewing experience.
A good-looking 10.1-inch screen having similar screen technology and resolution comes in the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It offers slightly better pixel density of 299-ppi. The wide viewing angles offer deep blacks and amazing image quality. Visibility under sunlight has been improved for better viewing experience.
The Pro 12.2 runs on updated the Android based v4.4.2 KitKat along with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. It offers a range of premium features and superb Multi-window multitasking options.
Meanwhile, an Android based 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, which can be upgraded to the v4.4.2 KitKat functions on the Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Loads of premium features from Samsung TouchWiz UI functions along its Jelly Bean based OS.
The Note Pro 12.2 encloses Company’s Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset. In addition, a responsive Cortex A15 quad core processor and Cortex A7 quad core processor powers the tablet. The processors run effectively at top velocity of 1.9GHz and 1.3GHz respectively. Furthermore, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU and higher 3GB of RAM offers decent tablet experience.
In opposition, the Note 10.1 (2014) encloses a commonly used Qualcomm designed Snapdragon 800 chipset along with Krait 400 quad core processor. The cores run efficiently at 2.3GHz of top speed. Moreover, the 3G model of Note 10.1 2014 offers similar hardware spec sheet. A powerful RAM of 3GB offers smooth functioning of the tablet.
Memory and Battery
Both devices come with 16GB and 32GB internal storage capacity variants. Furthermore, up to 64GB of external memory card slot is offered in both Note series tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 offers non-removable Li-Ion battery of 9500-mAh capacity. Conversely, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition encloses a non-removable Li-Po battery of lower 8220-mAh capacity.