Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro arrives this weekend
The Galaxy Tab Pro is big. It's powerful. But how does it hold up against the Apple iPad?
The device, which the Wall Street Journal has comparedÂ in terms of size to a "school cafeteria lunch tray,"Â is closely related to the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note, a sister device that ships with a stylus, and comes slapped with aÂ $749.99 price tag. By comparison, the Galaxy Tab Pro has no stylus, and will sell for a more budget-friendlyÂ $649.99.Â
Otherwise, the devices are very similar, from the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system to the 8-megapixel camera and quad-core processor. Meanwhile, there is the 12.2-inch screen, a display that Samsung claims has more than 4 million pixels.Â
Although Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Note Pro as a machine for "enterprise" â€“ i.e. professional â€“ users, the Tab Pro seems more in line with an iPad Air: A high-end machine with a lot of firepower and a big, colorful screen. That's on paper, anyway. How does the device measure up in real life? Well, Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch took both the Note Pro and the Tab Pro for a spin in January, and he likes what he saw.Â
"[T]he really impressive thing about these new tablets arenâ€™t found on a specs sheet; instead, itâ€™s the new Magazine UX, which reimagines the basic home screen of an Android tablet with a design that has more in common with Windows Phone or even individual apps like Flipboard," he writes. "Thereâ€™s also a Multi Window mode that allows users to play with up to four different windows of separate active content on the same screen."Â
In related news, a new report from Gartner indicates that the iPad, long the king of the global tablet market, may finally be taking a back seat to Android tablets such as the Tab Pro. ApproximatelyÂ 195 million tablets were sold in 2013, a full 62 percent â€“ or 121 million â€“ of which were running a version of Google's Android operating system.
Apple, on the other hand, snaggedÂ 36 percent of the market last year.Â