The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S: Slim but not-so-shady

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The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S: Slim but not-so-shady

It's a great 2-in-1 device, but its keyboard cover can use some serious tweaking

By Alvin R. Cabral

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Published: Fri 24 Jun 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 24 Jun 2016, 2:00 AM

There's something irresistible about tablet-laptop combinations, right? They are quite the must-have for those who have a penchant for portable devices. So, if you can't seem to get them off your mind, here's something to think about - the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S.
With 12-inch FHD+ sAmoled screen with 216ppi, the device belts out some really crisp output. That, though, would pale against what is probably its main competition,
the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, which has 267ppi. The Samsung TabPRo still wins in the dimensions department, specifically in slimness and weight, at 6.3mm and 693g versus 8.4mm and 766g (lightest of the Pro 4's models).
Beyond the surface of the TabPro S, we made a disappointing discovery - it only has one USB Type C port. So there goes the option of charging it and transferring data at the same time.
However, the biggest issue we had with it is its snap-on keyboard. You can't use the device as a tablet with the keyboard on because flipping it all the way causes it to sleep - thanks to that magnet built into the cover - so you'll have the extra duty of switching it on and logging in again. Moreover, in notebook mode, the keyboard only allows two angles -115 and 155 degrees (I actually had to use an online protractor to measure it) - and that might prove uncomfortable for some. And forget about holding the whole thing on its keyboard base; it's creeky on the 115 degree angle and will totally lie down flat on 155; it's just so fragile. Want more beef? Because of the positioning of the magnet on the keyboard, you won't be able to close the device at will - you need to snap the tablet off it before you can close it. With all these issues, we're grateful it's a full-sized keyboard at least.
On the bright side, the perfor-mance is great. Battery life, in my mixed-use test, gave a shade under seven hours. And its speakers are also pleasantly good.

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is a great find, although you would almost certainly not feel the same with that keyboard-cover. It's annoying, and I'm surprised Samsung missed it. If it weren't for that, convenience would fully describe this device.

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