Does it run Microsoft Office tablet edition?
As if Samsung's Galaxy range of tablets wasn’t broad enough with its plethora of Tab and Note machines in various screen sizes, the company has added a new subgroup: the Galaxy Pro. Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 The line-up consists of both Note and Tab machines – the latter minus the S Pen …
6 thumbs down for asking a simple question? I take it fandroids are a little bitter about their lack of app support then? Lucky I didn't mention Bluetooth support, that seems quite a contentious issue for Android as well, with only 2-3 phone models supporting modern standards for Bluetooth 4 and LE :)
No elegant, functional simplicity? I'm reminded of eye-catching advertising inserts that assault you with dozens of colorful blasting and bursting items on sale within the dimensions of a single page. My instinctual response is to fling it at the nearest rubbish bin.
Depends on what they improved since the 2012 version of the Note10.1 and the Note 2. Those had build in HWR on the "Windows XP Tablet Edition" (2003) quality level. Not bad but nowhere near what Win7/Win8 deliver. At least the initial versions where not learning. And user profiles did not exists either since the Android versions did not support multi user.
Actually simple note taking does not need HWR just a stable note taking app with some capabilities like being able to keep multiple documents open (tabs are ok). Say like MS Journal. Bonus points if it can do a Handwriting->Text conversion after the text is written. Last I looked SNote seemed to be stable if you did not take to long notes, lacked the hwr->text capacity and was "Samsung only" (Actually even the Android and Windows versions where not compatible)
Oh and if you do lengthy writing - get a proper pen. Any WACOM pen for tablet pc should work and they all fit the hand better than the toothpick S-Pen. A PL900 is a nice substitute and features an ereaser in the back (that works with the Note)
Buying a windows tablet with one note built in would be half the price. (Never thought I'd be saying something like that, I need a shower.)
You can't get a Windows tablet that size for that price. In any case, Samsung's devotion to the high-end has created its own niche: people know what to expect from the Pro / Note devices whereas Windows 8 has just created confusion. The magazine UI is more than a tip of the hat to Microsoft but it is application specific rather than being force-fed it for everything.
Devices like this, especially if they get docking stations, are going to sell well. I personally like a smaller 8"-9" which is very good to go.
Well done Samsung and others for working hard at usable form factors and thoughtful additions. This is how competition is supposed to work.
You're not comparing like with like though. I don't see how people know what to expect with Android anymore than with Windows 8 - there are plenty of devices to choose from (not that I think choice is a bad thing anyway, it's one of the things I like about those platforms).
People know what to expect with say the Galaxy Note, but you could say the same thing about specific Windows devices, e.g., Surface Pro, or Transformer Book.
> Buying a windows tablet with one note built in would be half the price. (Never thought I'd be saying something like that, I need a shower.)
Did you know, lemons tend to be more expensive than oranges? So next next you want an lemon you know what to do to save some cash.
Not sure on that. Actually I think as tablets become more common, phones will revert to things to make calls on.
My other half had a Galaxy S3 phone, then added a Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. The tab fits nicely in her hand bag without weighting it all down too much. So now she's got rid of the S3 and uses an old Galaxy Europa as a phone. So long as it makes calls and acts as a WiFi hotspot, she then uses the tab for anything where you'd want a reasonable screen.
Let's face it, the 4.7- or 5-inch screens on phones were always a pretty nasty compromise, developed because phones were gaining the sort of processor and memory you'd see in a netbook and so needed a screen to match. Once you have a 10" or 12" screen that you carry about with you, your phone can go back to being a radio with some basic functions.
Your post is "This one person does things this way, therefore everyone will". Personally I see no point in 10" tablets, as I'd rather have a more functional laptop/netbook (although the 2-in-1s are fine too). If you're going to do it that way, why both with a phone at all? (Some large tablets are actually smartphones, just use a bluetooth headset.)
A 5" phone isn't a nasty compromise - it's a decent sized screen, whilst still being small enough to fit in my pocket and come with me everywhere. I'm not sure someone really gains much by swapping the 5" phone for a 3" one, especially when they then also carry a 10" device everywhere.
The 5" phone doesn't replace a tablet or laptop, I have a 7" tablet and 10" laptop too, but don't have them on me all the time.
Yep. There is this weird feeling around that maybe 10" screens are too big for us to carry around. Unlike, say, the A4 notebooks/printouts we all carried around before that.
The real problem with a 10", 12" or 14" screen is that, so far, they weigh too much. The 10" ones are getting into the realms of reality, but manufacturers can never resist the temptation to bung in a bigger battery and boost the run time between charges. So, as with so many other things in society at present, we await a better battery technology.
"The real problem with a 10", 12" or 14" screen is that, so far, they weigh too much."
I always find this humorous when I see it. The Note Pro 12.2 clocks in at 753g. My Acer A500 is 730g and I've never once thought it was too heavy. I don't think the extra 23g would even be noticeable.
That being said, the thing is still way too expensive.
A 12 inch screen tablet has roughly an A4 footprint (my Chromebook is almost exactly A4). On the other hand, A4 paper has margins, so a 12 inch (or perhaps more correctly a 12.6 inch) diagonal screen is workable A4 size.
It is, however, half as big again as a 10 inch screen, which is a big gain in practicality. I personally think that the most useful screen sizes are roughly A5 and A4 - which is effectively around 8.5 and 12.6 inch diagonals of effective area. Steve Jobs got it comprehensively wrong with the original iPad, and the growth of smaller and larger tablets just goes to confirm this.
To clarify my own comment - I meant that Steve Jobs was wrong in opposing smaller tablets. I think that technically, when the iPad came out, 10 inches was chosen because that was what the LCD /touchscreen manufacturers were capable of producing that fitted into a suitably sized box with adequate cpu and battery that could run fanless, i.e. it was an engineering optimisation. Stating that it was a user optimal size was a bit disingenuous.
Larger and smaller high res screens and better batteries are now available, so the market can do its usual job of telling us what people actually want, rather than simply buy the only one available in a desirable new product category.
A4 paper may have margins, but the vast quantity of A4 formatted documents still need to be comfortably read without zooming. That includes not only text, but music, equations, diagrams.
So 12.6 is not, for me at least, an "effective" A4 implementation.
It's worth pointing out that large tablets have virtues other than portability. I have a number of uses for them which would mean they rarely left home or the office. Much like many large books I own.
From my experience:
10'' is the smallest I can read long texts formatted for A4 on or take lengthy notes with. Anything smaller I find nice as "postit replacement" but to small for "notepad replacement)
12-13'' is the biggest I can hold comfortable and carry long term be it convertible or tablet pc both from weight and size without using a table corner etc. as a support. The 13'' T902 is useable cradled in the left arm for me but I am a big and resonably muscular guy
Bigger units (well due to Sony currently A bigger unit) do exist and have their uses in "semi-mobile" setups. If one is more into painting/diagrams etc. and less into Note taking a 15'' unit is quite useable and still more mobile than a Cintiq. Still these won't fit in the cradle of the arm all that well and make a T902 look lightweight.
Also once "packed for the walk" the units end up bigger than the screen. The N80x0 is nominanlly 10'' but once the "airpuck" is packed in the needed sleeve it's 90 percent of US legal. The EP121 is 12'' and "all screen" (no bezel) but packed in the book case it is A4 size.
Actually, the size was the primary reason I bought mine. I do RPG gaming (Pathfinder, if anyone cares) and have a huge library of books in PDF format that I wanted to make portable. The physical books are great at home, where they reside in the library shelves, but when out and about, it's nice to be able to occasionally whip the NotePro out and look up some detail.
With this, when you zoom in to the text columns (ignoring the margins), it's exactly the same size as the physical books. Perfect.
I got a nice leather sleeve and carrying it around isn't any sort of hardship. All in all, this was the product I've been waiting for all this time, and ended my non-tablet-owning streak.
Internet of Things or Connectivity?
Maybe a better way would be to allow tablets to tether in useful ways to, say, bar code scanner.
The big tablet is on trolley affair BT'd or WiFi'd to small device to (a) protect big device and (b) allow small device (less expensive) to be placed in "at risk use"
You know just like how HP 2210 used to do things :-| (embarrassed smirk?)
(You earthlings always get so very close to a great working solution and zap it into non-connerce?)
Or a WiFi or BT linked earphone and mouthpiece so person can take n make mobile calls using any size tablet (ARM are u listening? I bet Intel are :-) )
So, there you go, tablet becomes base station devices become tethered to base station using WiFi BT or wire.
Suitable for next years markets and marketing dudes?
(Its a good job I've got IP on those?)
Dom Jolly to the stage please, Dom Jolly to the stage, thankyou.
Has to be said, it won't take a huge amount more functionality for something like this to replace a tablet - the screen is nearly the same size as the shonky old Macbook I'm typing this on, and it's primarily used (at home, at least) for web browsing and pushing stuff to the Chromecast.
OK, I need far, far more out of it at work, but if I had a tablet like that (at a more reasonable price, come on economies of scale) I could leave the laptop in the bag when I'm not in work and just use one of these.
Then root it, so it can do some of the things the laptop does. Ah, bugger, I've gone in a loop again.
Anyway, nice to see the form factor (that I, many years ago, said I couldn't see a use case for!) being expanded to see what takes off. Be interesting to see what sales are like compared to the 8 and 10 inch variants.
I had an opportunity to play with the Tab Pro 12.2, which lacks on the Wacom digitiser compared to this one. While sometimes 10" tablets can feel a bit big, this one being closer to the size of a magazine makes it more useful, and feel more "right".
I found the pentile screen a slight distraction on the 2014 Note 10.1 and Tab Pro 10.1 compared to the Nexus 10. The 12" screen makes it that much more noticeable.
Because in reality there is only one person in one design agency in the whole world that comes up with these things. Sometimes, he throws something in to take the piss just to confirm that everybody does in fact follow him quite slavishly.
It's exactly the same with advertising, where there is only in reality one art director in the whole world, which is why all adverts tend to look the same.
WTF is the point of this thing. I might as well just buy a fucking notebook, at least that comes with it's own screen protector (or shall we call it a keyboard). Sometimes bigger is not better and if this thing sells in any big numbers I will be truly amazed, I know choice it good but seriously Samsung... stop taking the piss.
My thoughts exactly. My Lenovo ThinkPad not only cost less, it runs win 7/linux duel boot, 500GB storage, and has about the same screen size. Granted it might be a bit heavier, and not look as cool, but on the road I can work and play. I view these an acceptable trade-offs.
The sNote app is great but does not convert scribbles to text. The Samsung software keyboard does. I can set it to accept text and I can "write" within the keyboard window and the system will convert my scribbles to text. The accuracy is very good and only needs occasional correction. I can even go back and edit my scribbles. Do I use it to take notes at work, yes I do. Do I look like a right donut taking these notes, you betcha.
How good is web browsing and emailing, excellent. I can use Chrome and not need to use the mobile version of web pages. As someone who used to have a 10 inch tablet, that is a bonus I didn't expect. I haven't even talked about movies.
I certainly would recommend the tablet. The extra 2 inches does make all the difference
Did they fix the problems with text vs. numbers recognition. On the N80x0 I had to tell the HWR "recognize text" and "recognize numbers", mixing them was not working well.
Is SNote stable for text > 10 pages now? I had stability problems with lengthy notes (20+ pages). And how is the palm rejection? Didn't work perfectly either and touch could not be fully disabled
I'd been hoping the review would have given some details of this. Has anyone used it? Is it any good? Given that all modern laptops are shit and I suffer the need to run an app that is Windows only can I easily use this to run the app from the tablet,say when I'm in the living room, while the PC is in the study. What's the latency like? Can I attach to the PC running above the laughingly called "Full HD" resolution, Getting the full screen res of this thing would be nice, lets face it you can't buy a 2560x1600 monitor at this price. But even cira 2002 era 1920x1200 would be acceptable.
What's the input like on the PC control app? are any third party keyboards any good on these? Does anyone make a suitable case?
Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission has fined Samsung Electronics AU$14 million ($9.6 million) for making for misleading water resistance claims about 3.1 million smartphones.
The Commission (ACCC) says that between 2016 and 2018 Samsung advertised its Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, A5, A7, S8, S8 Plus and Note 8 smartphones as capable of surviving short submersions in the sea or fresh water.
As it happens The Register attended the Australian launch of the Note 8 and watched on in wonder as it survived a brief dunking and bubbles appeared to emerge from within the device. Your correspondent recalls Samsung claiming that the waterproofing reflected the aim of designing a phone that could handle Australia's outdoors lifestyle.
Samsung has once again been accused of cheating in benchmark tests to inflate the apparent abilities of its hardware.
This time Samsung has allegedly fudged the results for its televisions, specifically the S95B QD-OLED and QN95B Neo OLED LCD TVs.
The demand for consumer electronics has slowed down in the face of inflation – but that didn't stop nine of the world's 10 largest contract chip manufacturers from growing in the first three months of the year.
That's according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, which said on Monday the collective revenues for the top 10 chip foundries grew 8.2 percent to $31.96 billion in the first quarter of 2022 from the previous quarter. That's a hair slower than the 8.3 percent quarterly growth reported for the top-ten foundries in the fourth quarter of last year.
On a broader level, TrendForce said this revenue growth came from a mix of "robust wafer production" and foundries continuing to raise the prices of wafers as a result of high demand.
In yet another sign of how fortunes have changed in the semiconductor industry, Taiwanese foundry giant TSMC is expected to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue for the first time.
Wall Street analysts estimate TSMC will grow second-quarter revenue 43 percent quarter-over-quarter to $18.1 billion. Intel, on the other hand, is expected to see sales decline 2 percent sequentially to $17.98 billion in the same period, according to estimates collected by Yahoo Finance.
The potential for TSMC to surpass Intel in quarterly revenue is indicative of how demand has grown for contract chip manufacturing, fueled by companies like Qualcomm, Nvidia, AMD, and Apple who design their own chips and outsource manufacturing to foundries like TSMC.
Samsung vice chairman Lee Jae-yong is said to be courting Dutch chipmaker NXP on a visit to Europe to bolster the company's position in the automotive semiconductor market.
According to the Asian Tech Press, Jae-yong, who has been released on probation after serving time on corruption charges, is expected to visit several chipmakers and semiconductor manufacturing vendors including the Netherland's NXP and ASML, as well as Germany's Infineon. Press became aware of Jae-yong's plans after a Seoul Central District Court approved the vice chairman's travel plans.
NXP offers a wide array of microprocessors, power management, and wireless chips for automotive, communications, and industrial applications. However, the Asian Tech Press said Samsung's interest in the company, which is valued at approximately $56 billion, is primarily rooted in the company's automotive silicon.
A Linux distro for smartphones abandoned by their manufacturers, postmarketOS, has introduced in-place upgrades.
Alpine Linux is a very minimal general-purpose distro that runs well on low-end kit, as The Reg FOSS desk found when we looked at version 3.16 last month. postmarketOS's – pmOS for short – version 22.06 is based on the same version.
Microsoft and Samsung have teamed to stream Xbox games on the Korean giant's smart televisions and monitors.
Samsung has offered streaming games since early 2022, taking advantage of its smart displays running the Linux-based Tizen OS. The "gaming hub" installed on those devices can already deliver games from Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now.
Xbox is a rather larger brand, making this deal considerably more significant.
The global economy may be in a tenuous situation right now, but the semiconductor industry is likely to walk away from 2022 with a "healthy" boost in revenues, according to analysts at IDC. But beware oversupply, the analyst firm warns.
Semiconductor companies across the world are expected to grow collective revenues by 13.7 percent year-on-year to $661 billion, IDC said in research published Wednesday. Global semiconductor revenue last year was $582 billion.
"Overall, the semiconductor industry remains on track to deliver another healthy year of growth as the super cycle that began in 2020 continues this year," said Mario Morales, IDC group vice president of semiconductors.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have shown for the first time that Bluetooth signals each have an individual, trackable, fingerprint.
In a paper presented at the IEEE Security and Privacy Conference last month, the researchers wrote that Bluetooth signals can also be tracked, given the right tools.
However, there are technological and expertise hurdles that a miscreant would have to clear today to track a person through the Bluetooth signals in their devices, they wrote.
There are lots of software keyboards for smartphones and tablets alike, but one stands head and shoulders above the rest… However you can't have it.
Last year, Microsoft bought Nuance for just shy of $20 billion, mainly for its voice-to-text tools. Nuance also owned Swype, which it killed off in 2018. Microsoft, meanwhile, also owns Swiftkey, which it still offers.
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