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Saving up for a Samsung Note Pro 12.2

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The Samsung Note PRO 12.2 is my next big tech purchase, and I am looking forward to having a new piece of equipment to slake my nerd-thirst. I find I am doing most of my computing with my smartphone and tablet, and even the laptop I received at Christmas is not seeing much in the way of use. The desktop has begun to gather dust, and it would not surprise me if I haven’t retired it in the next few months.

The desktop is one of those items that I have a good share of nostalgia for. Waking up first thing in the morning in my old efficiency apartment, the routine was to put on a pot of coffee, satisfy the call of the wild, make a gigantic stein of Java with whole milk, and proceed directly to the desktop. Inevitably I would log on to World of Warcraft and check my auctions, while keeping an eye on the time if I had things to do during the day. At one time I was working in the mail room of the local paper, so there was a check and balance in my computing time, but once my back could no longer support the job, my routine was set in stone. I truly miss the enjoyment of instant gratification I received from the coffee, computer, and cigarette in the first 15 minutes of the day.

After I purchased my first tablet I began to distance myself from the desktop since I am much more comfortable laying down than sitting in a chair, and the smartphone simply amplified the situation. The original tablet I owned was a Galaxy Tab 7 inch: it was too heavy for one handed operation, and provided enough wrist strain that I welcomed the retreat back to the desktop, while the Motorola Triumph smartphone simply did not have enough battery for an extended romp online. So, the desktop still held the crown for reliable computing, as the other two devices were quite finicky, and I knew my way around a Windows PC if I had problems, unlike Android.

Fast forward to 2014, my smartphone and tablet have become my daily drivers. I attribute two main factors to this: ease of use, and a steady decline in my productivity. The first is normal, as the technology improves, Android has become a brilliant platform to work with, but the second factor has more to do with depression, and while I miss the joy of productivity, finding value personally in what I create has become more difficult as my desire to create has been offset by my general discomfort.

To combat my slide into futility, I have decided to purchase a Galaxy Note PRO 12.2, a productivity Android slate with enough staying power to last two or three years while remaining relevant. My hope is to rediscover my old joys of writing and photography while having a device that can serve as a unit I can use well horizontally. On the days where typing is a necessity but my back is aggravated, this Nexus 7 I am using right now seems to be fitting the bill quite nicely. While I worry about the weight and size of the Note 12.2, I have tried it out at Best Buy, and I think I can make it work. The Zagg keyboard is quite expensive, so I may have to save for three months instead of two, but it will be worth it. The weight of the unit is a pressing concern, I will admit, time will tell if this turns out to be a wise purchase…

Ramen noodles and egg,  anyone?

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New Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch Tablet is exciting, except for my wallet.

The new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 inch tablet is exactly what I have been looking for in a tablet, with a few minor quibbles. It is a tad heavy, but still not too terrible. The MSRP however, is quite steep. I have a new laptop now, which I will post about another time, and it has emboldened me to write more blog posts, but the back issues are still relevant, and a tablet I could use to be productive while laying on my bed is still the holy grail of my personal computing experience. Having said that, the solution must be attainable, and a $750 price tag has left me gasping for breath.

I can fully understand that the Galaxy Note Pro’s market is the high end of tablet computing, which in part makes the tablet what it is, a device that can cater to all parts of the tablet using spectrum. I can understand that Samsung has a winner of a device, and wants to be adequately compensated for their work, but I fear they have priced themselves out of the reach of the average consumer, and certainly out of my reach, since my back precludes any form of remuneration for a full time job, I am left with an income that makes me fall short in being able to purchase this device at this time. I will be receiving some funds back from my tax returns, but it would have been much easier to purchase this device at what I felt was the high end previously: $500-$600, set by the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition.

There are a couple bright spots in the situation that presents itself… a refurbished model for the 10.1 2014 is selling for $450 at Newegg.com,  an option I may well avail myself of, but the extra 2 inches of screen real estate is truly compelling, as the Pro is now sufficiently large to handle true productivity chores, while small sizes may well not be up to the task of laptop replacement. The other is that the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is now actually worth laptop prices, in my estimation, though I would have gone lower had I been pricing this model, since I would have priced it to move… Android will never become mainstream in the tablet world as long as companies price out a large portion of the market, and since I am a fan of the Android ecosystem I find this mildly depressing.

In the end I feel I will purchase the 12.2 inch model, to be honest. I have been mulling the 10.1 2014 for a while, but when the difference is $250 between cutting edge technology, and last years model, it helps to bite the bullet when considering that this is a long term purchase. Plus, I can finally let the other member of my household use the Nexus 7 2013 without worrying that I have no battery to do my own tasks, and take out a significant hurdle to my computing experience.

Other than the 12.2 inch screen and the S-Pen, a few notable specs that make this device compelling:

– 802.11ac HT80 capability… I like that this tablet is near future proof when it comes to connectivity. While I am sure there could be improvements, this is the best connectivity spec I have ever seen in an Android device.

– 750g weight. While on the high end, I have owned an even heavier tablet in the Galaxy Tab GT-P1010 (7 inch), so I am aware that working from bed is possible at that size, however I am not so pleased that I will have to continue to have the Nexus 7 as my movie and music consumption device, the weight difference and portability is significant. On the plus side, I can take my Nexus 7 out of the house once I have another device… if it is lost or damaged I can still compute.

$750 is a high bar for me to reach, I hope that the unit will be worth it, and there are other expenses to consider as well, such as the SD card and the inevitable replacement S-Pens, since I tend to be forgetful. Image