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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Refurbished Deal Review

Updated on August 24, 2014

Specs Sheet

Samsung has been on a tear with devices in the last 12 months including a number of cell phones that have challenged what we consider to be too big, and also a number of assaults on the Ipad Air and Ipad Mini Retina. What we've seen on the tablet front has ranged from underpowered consumer tablets like the Galaxy Tab 3 to this Tab Pro line and finally the Note line of tablets. This is all very confusing and has probably prevented Samsung from a single tablet taking on any significant market share. But on the plus side, as someone on the constant lookout for gadget deals, I came across a fantastic refurbished offer that I'm going to consider alongside you. First, let's start with specs:

HARDWARE

Height 11.63 inches

Width 8.03 inches

Thickness 0.31 inches

Weight 1.63 pounds

Speakers Stereo

DISPLAY

Screen size (diagonal) 12.2 inches

Technology LCDResolution (X)2560 px Resolution (Y)1600 px

PPI 247

Touchscreen type Capacitive

Multitouch Yes

SOFTWARE

Operating system Android Skin TouchWiz

OS version 4.4

Media streaming DLNA, AllShare

PROCESSOR

CPU brand Qualcomm CPU family Snapdragon 800

Clock speed 2.3 GHz

Cores 4

MEMORY

RAM size 3 GB

STORAGE

Internal size 32 GB, 64 GB

External storage support microSD

Max external size 64 GB

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi Yes

Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac 802.11n

Frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz

GPS Yes

Bluetooth Yes

Bluetooth version 4.0

FRONT CAMERA

Effective pixels 2 megapixels

REAR CAMERA

Effective pixels 8 megapixels

Flash Single LED

Focus type Autofocus

Video resolution 1080p

Video framerate 60

PORTS

Headphone 3.5mm

SENSORS

Sensors Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

BATTERY

Capacity 9500 mAh


Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2

Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2
Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 | Source

The Deal

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is available on Ebay refurbished for only $347.99. This offer includes free shipping, a 1 year warranty, and this price is about $150 less than what you'd pay for a new model. Also note that when this device was debuted less than a year ago, it went for $650.

In this case, what does refurbished mean?

This item includes a 1 year warranty. This item has been fully tested and found to be fully functional. It has been restored back to factory settings. When processed may produce extremely light signs of use, which may include very light scratches or scuffs on the casing of the unit.


At first glance, this price puts you in the neighborhood for the Ipad Mini Retina and less than what you'll pay for an Ipad Air. How does it stack up?

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Refurbished Deal

5 stars for Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 Refurbished Deal

The Goods

There's so much to like about this tablet at this price, so let's start there:

  • Fantastic 12+ inch screen with vivid colors. If you've been on the fence with tablets because you were waiting for a larger screen option, then you've got to take a look at this guy. 12 inches gives you room to do some multi-tasking on the screen, and it fulfills the promise of a professional user in that sense.
  • Exynos 5 octacore processor. There's a lot of power under the hood of this tablet including 8 cores that dynamically work together to both maximize battery and then give you the power to do complex spreadsheets or casual gaming without breaking a sweat.
  • Android KitKat. KitKat is the latest greatest version of the Android smartphone/tablet software. As this tablet has been upgraded the KitKat, you'll benefit from the better resource manager and quicker feel. In other words, this tablet is faster than when it was getting rave reviews from Cnet and NotebookCheck.net.
  • Battery life. One to two days based on how you'll be using it. You won't have to stay plugged into an outlet (unlike with Samsung phones unfortunately)
  • Google Play Store. If you've been thinking about getting a larger Nook tablet or even the Kindle Fire 8.9, then a huge plus for this tablet is the Google Play Store. Especially given the large screen size, you can get some multi-tasking apps and really make the move from a netbook or underpowered laptop to a tablet powerhouse.

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The Bads

When this tablet debuted at $650, most reviewers and journalists wrote it off because of the high price and the limited audience. And while this price is only a pinch above half the original price, there's still some sacrifices to be made:

  1. Build quality. Now, let me preface this by saying that build quality is not bad. BUT when you're coming from using an iPad or an HTC One smartphone, then you're really taking a step down with the plastic feel of the Tab Pro 12.2. There are moments when it will creak, and the fake leather back is a dealbreaker for some. So go play with this at Best Buy and make sure you'll be okay with the build quality.
  2. Heat. If you're planning on gaming on this tablet, then get ready for the heat. As good as the octa-core processor is, once it gets going, it generates a lot of heat. And the plastic body is going to make sure that you feel it. There will be moments that it gets uncomfortable and you'll want to turn off the tablet for a couple minutes. Note: You should really do this with any smartphone/tablet as they'll all get hot at some point.
  3. Touchwiz. Samsung layers their own OS on top of Kitkat which you either love or hate. If you're a die-hard Android user, you will hate it for sure.
  4. Camera. It's okay. But realistically, wielding a 12 inch screen to take pictures is hilarious. Don't be that person.

Multitask on your tablet

Multitask on your tablet
Multitask on your tablet | Source

Should you buy it?

If I have been in the market for a tablet and I have $350, then I'm going to take a shot at this tablet. The fact that you can get this screen, with this processor, 3GB of ram at this price is super enticing. Sure, it's not as portable as an Ipad Air, but if you've been thinking about replacing a laptop or doing some multi-tasking from bed, then this is as good as it gets.

Not to mention, that since this is a Samsung product, you've got good resale value as well. So use this for a year, and then you'll most likely be able to sell it for $250-300. Why not use it for a year under warranty for $100?

It's worth it.

Samsung Tablet Sizes

Samsung Tablet Sizes
Samsung Tablet Sizes | Source

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      Taranwanderer 2 years ago

      Excellent review. I actually remember the Samsung Galaxy Pro being over $1,000 when it debuted - but now it's so much less. Problem is, the new Galaxy Tab S is such a powerful little machine and is around the same price, so I don't know which one to get. http://pinstor.us/articles/samsung-galaxy-tab-fits...

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