Samsung Goes Big with Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

The rise of the tablet computer has come at the expense of PC sales. But is a tablet a viable stand-in or full-time replacement for a laptop when you're about to take off on the road?

That's the essential question for the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. The answer depends on how much you hope to get done. With a humongous screen and apps made for productivity, Samsung has built the Note Pro 12.2 to be more than a suitable stand-in for your notebook PC. But I'm not ready to make this premium business-oriented slate a permanent substitute for my laptop.

The numerals in the Note Pro name, of course, refer to the display size of the tablet in inches. But the machine not only carries relatively massive dimensions, but a massive price, too. It starts at $749.99 for a 32-gigabyte model with Wi-Fi only, and costs $100 more for 64 GB. Coming later is a 4G LTE version from Verizon Wireless. You can expand the storage via micro SD. It runs the KitKat version of Android.

The killer feature is the brilliant high-resolution (2560 x 1600) display. It rivals, and in some cases exceeds, the screen size on an ultra-portable laptop.

The not-insignificant trade-off comes in a tablet that is certainly bigger than you probably bargained for. Still, it bothered me less than I thought it would as I surfed the Web on a commuter bus with the thing resting on my lap. At 1.65 pounds, this is far from the lightest tablet you'll ever use. But the weight is evenly distributed, and the tablet is still lighter than a typical notebook.

The tablet has plenty of processing power, and you'll appreciate the generous screen real estate on the 12.2-inch model.

One way Samsung lets you take advantage of the screen is through a multitasking feature...

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