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Samsung’s pricey Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-inch Android tablet is available from Verizon

by David Needle

March 6 2014

Is $849.99 a good deal on a tablet? That’s the starting price for the new Samsung Galaxy Note Pro which just went on sale at Verizon Wireless, although you can get it cheaper with a two-year cellular service contract.

Admittedly, the high price isn’t for just some run-of-the-mill tablet. With a 12.2-inch HD screen, fast processor, cellular modem, and Knox security features, this is a tablet that has features both consumers and business users will appreciate.

Samsung is also including Hancom Viewer software (with a free upgrade to the Hancom Office Suite) to open attachments, organize files and share them with others.

The Office Suite lets you create and edit documents, spreadsheets and slides.

The jury is still out as to whether users want a relatively oversized tablet. But rumors abound that Apple is working on an “iPad Pro’ model that will sport a bigger screen and Samsung, which pioneered phablets, isn’t afraid to try out new things.

The bigger display means more screen real estate for watching movies and dealing with documents and work apps. There’s also a Multi Window multitasking feature that lets you have up to four apps running at once in different windows.

The downside? Higher price is one. Also, the bigger form factor is less portable than traditional 8-, 9- and 10-inch models.

Also, you can, for what Verizon says is a limited time offer, get the Galaxy Note Pro for less. With a new two-year wireless activation contract the price drops to $749.99.

(Choosing the right tablet and mobile deployment strategies will be among the key issues discussed at the Tablet Strategy conference in New York on May 6)

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