I’m now using my new tablet, and I have to say, I’m really loving it! This blog post is being written on it, and I thought that my first blog post on the tablet should be about the tablet. I’ll give you a review of it.
I had a look for personal reviews this morning before I went and bought it, but there’s very few people who have actually done a personal review of it on their blog or website. Pretty much 99% of the reviews out there were from technology related websites that reviewed it because they have to. So I decided to add my own review to the mix.
Now, admittedly, I only got this today, so I haven’t had a long time to play around with it, but the small amount of use I’ve had with it so far has excited me enough to make me decide that doing a ‘day one review’ will be a worthwhile exercise.
The first things I did with it was put the Nova theme onto it to replace the standard TouchWhiz theme. It’s faster. Then I disabled S Voice, which makes it even faster again. There’ll be a few more optimisations I’ll be doing in the near future, but that’s a good enough start.
One of the things I was a little concerned about was performance lag because of the 12.2″ screen. That’s a lot of screen for the processor to have to deal with, but there’s been hardly any lag at all! I’ve been really surprised by how fast and responsive it is. Maybe it’s because of the optimisation I’ve already done, because I don’t think any of the tech reviewers did that, and performance lag has always been one of the things they’ve mentioned.
I was able to get the tablet with a Samsung bluetooth keyboard, and I’m very glad I did. It’s just like using a laptop, making it quite functional and capable.
The tablet fits into a slot above the keyboard and then rests back against the pop-up stand. It’s quite stable there. You can also use the tablet on the keyboard in landscape AND portrait mode (which looks a bit odd).
I can see how it would work though, but I haven’t actually tried it properly myself, other than just seeing what it looks like. Maybe one day I’ll use the portait mode… maybe for drawing or something.
What was important for me in a tablet was having a much larger version of my Galaxy Note 4, where I can use the S Pen (stylus) for taking notes in meetings at work. While the Surface Pro 3 might have been suitable, I didn’t want to use a Windows tablet and be restricted to Windows apps and widgets when Android has so much more.
It was ultimately a toss-up between the Note 10.1″ and the Note Pro 12.2″, but the latter won because it had better reviews from people, and it’s able to show up to 4 apps simultaneously on the screen, compared to only 2 with the 10.1″. I also decided that the slightly larger screen would be better for my needs, which include taking written notes at work and being able to work on documents without having to squint to see them.
So far I’m not disappointed at all. It’s great! And I’m sure I’ll comment some more in the future as I use it more.
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