Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro: the good, the bad and the competition

Watch out, Apple, there are some new Android-running iPad “killers” in town, and they may just give the so far undisputed tablet heavyweight champ a run for its money. Or at least work as a stepping stone for when Android finally dethrones iOS in this seemingly one-sided contest.

Galaxy Note Pro Galaxy Tab Pro

Make no mistake, the time will come, as long as Samsung continues to push the hardware boundaries of Galaxy Tabs and Notes, and OEMs like Asus keep the pricing bar low. But is Sammy wrong to spread its slate magic between so many differently sized, differently specced models?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to once and for all assume the underdog position and follow Apple’s suit instead of insisting on setting new trends? Specifically, would it help if they had merely an iPad mini rival and full-sized iPad competitor in their lineup?


Also, do the Galaxy Tabs Pro 8.4, 10.1, 12.2 and Note Pro 12.2 have other worthy adversaries which they need to prevail against? Exactly what are their targets and niches, strong points and flaws? Stay tuned, as we’ll try to explore all these questions and more in the following lines.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro line, Note Pro 12.2 – The good

Give it up, Apple fanboys, your iPad Air has nothing on our sweet Note Pro 12.2. Or Tab Pro 10.1, for that matter. iPad mini 2 vs. Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4? However you spin it, be prepared to take a beating.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the iOS ecosystem is “healthier”, safer, richer in some ways. But what good does it do the average user when there’s such a glaring gap in the hardware department balancing out Apple’s software edge?


I mean, look at those outstanding displays. Forget Retina, everybody craves for whatever Samsung calls Galaxy Tab Pro’s 2,560 x 1,600 pix res Super clear LCD panel. 324 ppi? Puh-lease, the 8.4-incher delivers 359. Meanwhile, the iPad Air boasts 264 and the Tab Pro 10.1 299 ppi.

As for processing speed, RAM or cameras, I don’t really want to get in the whole “iOS software optimization” debate and how it can make theoretically lousy hardware perform. I just know there’s no way the 1 GB RAM on the iPads trumps the 3 gigs on the Note Pro 12.2. 5 MP cams? Pfft, we have 8 MP.

Bottom line, love it or hate it, the spec war is still very much on, and Samsung appears to be winning it.


Also, no, it does not hurt to have the option of going for extra screen real estate. Sure, many consider 12-inch tablets uncomfortable to use while on the go and all. But before jumping at Samsung’s throat for the “grotesque” Note Pro 12.2 and Tab Pro 12.2, remember Apple is nearly confirmed to be hard at work on a so-called “iPad Pro”.

Hear that, fanboys? Your precious idols may “rip off” Samsung soon enough. If ripping off means coming up with an unoriginal idea at basically the same time as your antagonist, and failing to swiftly put it into practice.

Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note Pro – The bad

Choice and diversity. It’s pretty much Android’s (simplified) creed nowadays, and Samsung’s in particular. The problem is, it’s not easy to forge a unique identity to a specific gadget when all kinds of relatives are around.

What is it that makes the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 stand out from the crowd? Why should I pick the Note Pro 12.2 over the Tab Pro 12.2? Just because of S Pen support? It’s not enough, Samsung, and you know it. Hopefully, you know it.


Now, it might sound ridiculous, but despite Samsung’s quartet edging out the iPads from a hardware standpoint (and maybe even in the design arena), many people will opt for one of Apple’s slates simply because picking a Galaxy is, well, confusing and headache-inducing.

It doesn’t help that there’s always a “threat”, of ever so slightly better gizmos outed weeks or months after previous flagships, looming in Samsung’s camp, whereas Apple offers a certain sense of stability and comfort.

In other words, evolution is fine for the market as a whole, but from where most of you are sitting, it’s unacceptable to cough up 800 bucks for a top-of-the-line gadget today, and wake up the next day seeing an improved model unveiled.


Oh, and one last thing, though I can’t believe I’m actually saying this. Oi, Samsung, you need to spend money to make money. Or better yet, lose money to make money. So if you truly want to dethrone Apple, for crying out loud, underprice your slates. Do it now.

$400 for the Tab Pro 8.4 would be fair in a fair world, but we’re living in an Apple world, so you better make it $300 fast. And $400 for the Tab Pro 10.1 instead of $500, $550 tops for the Tab Pro 12.2 and $600 give or take for the Note Pro 12.2.

The competition

I’m not going to beat it around the bush a lot here, just one thought before wrapping up. Would you please stop comparing the Galaxy Tabs Pro and Note Pro with the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or other budget-conscious entries? They’re not the targets here, Apple’s iPads are.


Maybe Microsoft’s Surfaces too, albeit they’re still hard to take seriously, with sales trailing and Windows incapable of breaking into the mainstream world of either smartphones or tablets. It’s thus a two-way Samsung vs. Apple fight for supremacy. Play your cards right, Sammy, and you’ll leap to #1 in no time.

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