There were moments during my two-week period with the Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2, the biggest and most expensive tablet on the market, when I thought, “Huh, this could probably replace my laptop.” What do I use my laptop for? Browsing the internet; playing music; taking notes; writing blog posts; playing games. Samsung’s newest tablet is generous on features and pre-installed productivity software; it could just work.
But the Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 is no laptop replacement, even with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. That’s because the company is trying to wedge Android’s open nature into a multitasking paradigm that it wasn’t designed for. It’s a good tablet, and an OK laptop, but at $769, it’s more expensive than either has a right to be these days.