Review Update Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Tablet

Florian Wimmer (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 03/25/2014

Big surfer. First we reviewed the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, now we ran the LTE model through our battery of tests. Read our review update to learn the similarities and differences between the two devices.

In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE. Test device courtesy of Cyberport.

For the original German review, see here.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi received an overall grade of "Very Good" in our tests. Now we have the LTE version in our test laboratory. But the communication modules are not the only things that distinguish the two models: A different SoC-heart beats in the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 LTE. Samsung equipped the Wi-Fi version with an eight-core SoC they manufactured themselves, while the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with "only" four processing cores.

But many things remain the same: The high resolution display, the great operational controls (including a digitizer pen), and the wide variety of sleek, user-friendly software. Nothing has changed about the case, accessories, warranty, speakers or connectivity options either. You can read more about these facets of the device in our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (as we will not address them in this review update).

Connectivity

The status bar at the top of the screen shows the type of network and the signal strength.
The status bar at the top of the screen shows the type of network and the signal strength.
The SIM card, of course, has to be unlocked from the lock screen.
The SIM card, of course, has to be unlocked from the lock screen.

Communication & GPS 

The only visible difference between the model with Wi-Fi and the model with LTE is the SIM card slot on the Samsung Galaxy Pro 12.2 LTE. It expands the range of connectivity options located on the right side of the device. After inserting a micro-SIM card in this slot, the user can then surf over HSPA with a maximum download speed of 42.2 MBit per second and maximum upload speed of 5.76 MBit per second. For those who want things to go even faster, the download speed for LTE Cat4 reaches up to 150 MBit per second, and its upload speed hits up to 50 MBit per second. The SIM card sits relatively deep in the case, making it somewhat difficult to install and remove. It is possible to swap out the SIM card while the tablet is in use, though the system then requires a reboot.

We inserted a micro-SIM card and assessed the device's reception quality and speed, both over UMTS as well as on the LTE network set up by the German company Telekom. Both function very well. Over HSPA, we were able to surf quickly on mobile Internet. Where the network permitted it, the tablet usually maximized the transfer speeds. In our big city, we generally had three-quarters or full bars, though it sometimes sank to about 50% indoors. Still, overall the reception is good. The tablet did similarly well on Telekom's LTE network: It is possible to use the full speed available, and the reception is good.

HSPA speed (speedtest.net)
HSPA speed (speedtest.net)
LTE speed (speedtest.net, limited to 100 MBit per second by SIM)
LTE speed (speedtest.net, limited to 100 MBit per second by SIM)


Performance

The SoC at work in the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is a very popular one: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974. This SoC is also installed in the Google Nexus 5, Nokia Lumia 1520, Kindle Fire HDX 7 or the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, to name a few. It has four processing cores that clock at 2.3 GHz. The Adreno 330 integrated graphics solution is one of the fastest mobile graphics chips on the market today.

In terms of performance, the processor outstrips the Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa in the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 by a substantial margin. This is noticeable in practice as well: While there were some delays navigating through the main menu on the Wi-Fi version, the Galaxy Note 12.2 LTE functions completely fluidly. The benchmarks speak loud and clear too: In Linpack our test device comes in 13% to 15% ahead of the Wi-Fi version. In single-core mode, however, the Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa can keep up with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, and even beat it in some areas.

The graphics chip is also quicker than that of its sister model with Wi-Fi and in most of the graphics benchmarks only the Apple iPad Air constitutes a real competitor. In terms of memory access, the LTE version's speed is almost identical to that of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi, and only the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition surpasses it.

Linpack for Android
Single Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
401.116 MFLOPS ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
349.306 MFLOPS ∼51% -13%
Apple iPad Air
557.99 MFLOPS ∼82% +39%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
455.616 MFLOPS ∼67% +14%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
248.76 MFLOPS ∼36% -38%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
570.295 MFLOPS ∼84% +42%
Gigaset QV830
38.403 MFLOPS ∼6% -90%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
52.168 MFLOPS ∼8% -87%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
739.766 MFLOPS ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
631.71 MFLOPS ∼58% -15%
Apple iPad Air
977.31 MFLOPS ∼89% +32%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
916.667 MFLOPS ∼84% +24%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
516.44 MFLOPS ∼47% -30%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
717.73 MFLOPS ∼66% -3%
Gigaset QV830
127.104 MFLOPS ∼12% -83%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
132.6 MFLOPS ∼12% -82%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
9461 points ∼91%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7090 points ∼68% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
9405 points ∼91% -1%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
5027 points ∼48% -47%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
5624 points ∼54% -41%
Gigaset QV830
3969 points ∼38% -58%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
3634 points ∼35% -62%
AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
28083 Points ∼65%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
34323 Points ∼80% +22%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
35455 Points ∼82% +26%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
30810 Points ∼72% +10%
Gigaset QV830
13276 Points ∼31% -53%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
5265 Points ∼84%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
5431 Points ∼86% +3%
Apple iPad Air
2190 Points ∼35% -58%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
5430 Points ∼86% +3%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
4810 Points ∼77% -9%
Gigaset QV830
2141 Points ∼34% -59%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
17815 Points ∼46%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
18009 Points ∼47% +1%
Apple iPad Air
38536 Points ∼100% +116%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
16934 Points ∼44% -5%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
17083 Points ∼44% -4%
Gigaset QV830
8580 Points ∼22% -52%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
21610 points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
16992 points ∼71% -21%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
7680 points ∼32% -64%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11987 points ∼50% -45%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
920 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
943 Points ∼27% +3%
Apple iPad Air
1479 Points ∼42% +61%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
956 Points ∼27% +4%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
922 Points ∼26% 0%
Gigaset QV830
325 Points ∼9% -65%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
1481 Points ∼42% +61%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
2831 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
2790 Points ∼22% -1%
Apple iPad Air
2687 Points ∼21% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2995 Points ∼23% +6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
2511 Points ∼20% -11%
Gigaset QV830
1077 Points ∼8% -62%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
2952 Points ∼23% +4%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905) Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPad Air Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB SSD
 
Sony Xperia Tablet Z Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064A, Qualcomm Adreno 320, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB SSD
 
Gigaset QV830 Mediatek MT8125, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
Fujitsu Stylistic M702 NVIDIA Tegra 3, NVIDIA GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 32 GB SSD
 
Dell Venue 11 Pro Intel Core i3-4020Y, Intel HD Graphics 4200, 128 GB SATA SSD
 
Microsoft Surface 2 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
15455 Points ∼11%
Apple iPad Air
14858 Points ∼10% -4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15407 Points ∼11% 0%
Gigaset QV830
2551 Points ∼2% -83%
Microsoft Surface 2
14281 Points ∼10% -8%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
15290 Points ∼5%
Apple iPad Air
18868 Points ∼7% +23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15111 Points ∼5% -1%
Gigaset QV830
2136 Points ∼1% -86%
Microsoft Surface 2
14812 Points ∼5% -3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
16064 Points ∼31%
Apple iPad Air
8520 Points ∼17% -47%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
16539 Points ∼32% +3%
Gigaset QV830
7990 Points ∼16% -50%
Microsoft Surface 2
12692 Points ∼25% -21%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
25.3 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
22.8 fps ∼3% -10%
Apple iPad Air
27 fps ∼4% +7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
24 fps ∼4% -5%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
12 fps ∼2% -53%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
16 fps ∼2% -37%
Gigaset QV830
2.7 fps ∼0% -89%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
3.1 fps ∼0% -88%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
21 fps ∼3% -17%
Microsoft Surface 2
16 fps ∼2% -37%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
16.8 fps ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
13.9 fps ∼23% -17%
Apple iPad Air
21 fps ∼35% +25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15 fps ∼25% -11%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
12 fps ∼20% -29%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
10 fps ∼17% -40%
Gigaset QV830
5.6 fps ∼9% -67%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
3 fps ∼5% -82%
Dell Venue 11 Pro
27 fps ∼45% +61%
Microsoft Surface 2
24 fps ∼40% +43%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
4.7 fps ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4.3 fps ∼14% -9%
off screen Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
8.1 fps ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
7.6 fps ∼24% -6%
Browsermark - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
2944 points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
2321 points ∼32% -21%
Apple iPad Air
3603 points ∼50% +22%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2942 points ∼41% 0%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
1731 points ∼24% -41%
Gigaset QV830
2299 points ∼32% -22%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
1428 points ∼20% -51%
Microsoft Surface 2
3012 points ∼42% +2%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
4278 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
4218 Points ∼18% -1%
Apple iPad Air
5113 Points ∼21% +20%
Microsoft Surface 2
3368 Points ∼14% -21%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
93.04 MB/s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
88.55 MB/s ∼53% -5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
103.96 MB/s ∼62% +12%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
48.65 MB/s ∼29% -48%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
59.4 MB/s ∼35% -36%
Gigaset QV830
50.86 MB/s ∼30% -45%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
24.73 MB/s ∼15% -73%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
17.13 MB/s ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
16.08 MB/s ∼28% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
22.35 MB/s ∼39% +30%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
16.04 MB/s ∼28% -6%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
11.04 MB/s ∼19% -36%
Gigaset QV830
6.14 MB/s ∼11% -64%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
9.5 MB/s ∼16% -45%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
8.53 MB/s ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
9 MB/s ∼43% +6%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
15.97 MB/s ∼76% +87%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
11.1 MB/s ∼53% +30%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
13.97 MB/s ∼67% +64%
Gigaset QV830
13.43 MB/s ∼64% +57%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
7.5 MB/s ∼36% -12%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
1 MB/s ∼34%
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
1.12 MB/s ∼38% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, 2014 Edition
2.09 MB/s ∼72% +109%
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
1.19 MB/s ∼41% +19%
Toshiba eXcite Pro AT10LE-A-108
0.69 MB/s ∼24% -31%
Gigaset QV830
0.44 MB/s ∼15% -56%
Fujitsu Stylistic M702
0.92 MB/s ∼32% -8%

Games

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi had no problem running current games, and thanks to the LTE version's faster SoC, you can have just as much fun on this device. Whether you want to play light, casual games like Angry Birds: Star Wars 2 or demanding 3D games like Iron Man 3, everything runs fluidly and presents no problem for the speedy graphics solution.

Emissions

Temperature

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi had no problems in the realm of surface temperatures -- despite its thin build. The LTE version keeps similarly cool; its temperatures even remain below the Wi-Fi model's. A maximum of 35.9 °C (96.62 °F) is as warm as your hand at most. As was true of the sister model too, the case hardly warms up at all in idle mode.

Max. Load
 25.8 °C33.7 °C27.5 °C 
 24.6 °C27.4 °C26.7 °C 
 25.8 °C29 °C27.3 °C 
Maximum: 33.7 °C
Average: 27.5 °C
28.1 °C35.9 °C24.8 °C
27.7 °C28.4 °C24.8 °C
26.7 °C27 °C25 °C
Maximum: 35.9 °C
Average: 27.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  47.7 °C | Room Temperature 21 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Energy consumption, especially in standby mode, was an area where the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 with Wi-Fi fell short. The LTE model has to take the same criticism -- 1.2 Watts in standby mode is too much. Overall, the LTE model's energy consumption rates are even higher than its Wi-Fi twin and therefore very high. Our test device needed up to 11 Watts under full load, while it consumed up to 9.4 Watts in idle mode. One of the consequences for the Wi-Fi model was a mediocre battery life -- let us take a look at how long our current review device is able to keep chugging along.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.9 / 1.2 Watt
Idle 3.1 / 8.9 / 9.4 Watt
Load 9.8 / 11 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi, the LTE model's lithium-ion battery also has a capacity of 35 Watt hours. That means our review device's battery life should be even shorter than that of its twin.

And indeed, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE's battery runtimes are up to 20 minutes shorter than its sister model's. But they are still long enough for practical, everyday use -- after all, you can still surf over WLAN for 8:46 hours. It is frustrating, however, that left in standby mode (completely untouched), the device fully depletes its battery within one-and-a-half days.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
10h 02min
WiFi Surfing
8h 46min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
9h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 31min

Verdict

In the end, there are not too many differences between the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and its LTE counterpart. The display has a very high resolution, though its black value and contrast are somewhat weak. The tablet has a diverse array of operational controls, and they all function with precision. Due to its simple and intuitive interface, the device's software is a joy to use.

The main reason for this version's surcharge is surely the LTE module, which can capitalize on an LTE network's full transfer speeds and transmits reliably. But the processor also runs considerably faster, and even though it only has four cores at its command, it outstrips the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 Wi-Fi's octa-core by a substantial margin in our benchmarks. The delays we experienced while navigating through the Wi-Fi model's main menu were not present on the LTE version. A mixture of higher clock rates and cores clocking at the same rate make this possible (half of the Samsung Exynos 5420 Octa's cores clocked significantly slower).

In conclusion, if you are looking for a tablet that has a big screen for watching videos or can multi-task effortlessly, and you want LTE to come with it, go ahead and pounce on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE: Like its sister model, it deserves a "Very Good."

In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905).
In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905).
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is now available on Adorama for $749

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In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905). Test device courtesy of CyberPort Germany
In Review: Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905). Test device courtesy of CyberPort Germany
The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE is now available on Adorama for $749

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)

:: Processor
:: Memory
3072 MB
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
12.2 inch 16:10, 2560x1600 pixel, Capacitive touchscreen, LCD, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB , 22.82 GB free
:: Connections
1 USB 3.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset port, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 64 GB , Sensors: Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, RGB light, Hall sensor, SGPS, GLONASS, Micro USB 3.0 connection, MHL, Micro SIM
:: Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a b g n ac), 4.0 Bluetooth, HSPA, LTE Cat.4
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.95 x 295.6 x 204
:: Weight
0.753 kg Power Supply: 0.048 kg
:: Battery
35 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3,7 Volt, 9.500 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 11 h
:: Price
899 Euro
:: Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
:: Additional features
Webcam: Rear: 8 MP CMOS with LED Flash and Autofocus, Front: 2 MP, Speakers: Stereo speakers on the sides, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, S Pen, Hancom Office, WebEx, Dropbox, Sketchbook, S Note, Knox, 24 Months Warranty

 

Big screen, weak contrast – unfortunately that is how things are on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
Big screen, weak contrast – unfortunately that is how things are on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
Little has changed there on the LTE version.
Little has changed there on the LTE version.
The cameras, software, memory and operational controls are the same too.
The cameras, software, memory and operational controls are the same too.
We like controlling this device with the S pen.
We like controlling this device with the S pen.
If you push the pen key, a menu with commands appears.
If you push the pen key, a menu with commands appears.
The most visible difference between the two versions of the device is the SIM slot on the right side.
The most visible difference between the two versions of the device is the SIM slot on the right side.
On the inside, the Wi-Fi model's SoC was switched out for a different one.
On the inside, the Wi-Fi model's SoC was switched out for a different one.
The silhouette is still thin.
The silhouette is still thin.
But the LTE version runs faster than the Wi-Fi model.
But the LTE version runs faster than the Wi-Fi model.

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Pro

+Stable manufacturing
+Thin and simple
+Big display with a high resolution
+Wide variety of operational controls
+Good software interface
+Barely warms up at all
+High performance
+Main camera has good image quality
+Practical accessories available
+Fast LTE module with good reception
 

Cons

-High black value
-Low contrast
-Unusual charging plug
-High standby energy use
-SIM card slot difficult to access

Shortcut

What we like

The Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Wi-Fi's good qualities are present in its sister model too: a large, high-resolution display, diverse operational controls, and great software. Its performance is even better.

What we'd like to see

This version's battery life could be longer too, and its contrast and black value leave something to be desired.

What surprises us

That it seems no one at Samsung found a way to make it easier to insert a SIM card.

The competition

Apple iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Dell Venue 11 Pro, Microsoft Surface 2, Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, Toshiba Excite Pro, Fujitsu Stylistic M702, Gigaset QV830.

Rating

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE (SM-P905)
04/30/2014 v4
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
89%
Keyboard
81 / 80 → 100%
Pointing Device
92%
Connectivity
57 / 70 → 81%
Weight
79 / 88 → 81%
Battery
90%
Display
84%
Games Performance
63 / 80 → 79%
Application Performance
52 / 70 → 74%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 91 → 85%
Camera
71 / 85 → 84%
Average
79%
87%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Florian Wimmer, 2014-03-25 (Update: 2014-03-26)