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Samsung's 12-Inch Tablet: Is It Worth $850?
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anon7057742885
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3/7/2014 | 11:35:33 AM
No.
No. Period.  And I want one.  Bad.  I would love a 15" tablet.  But $1000.00 after taxes and chargers and whatnot?  Nah.  

I realize it's all relevant and I'm a firm believer that it doesn't matter what it costs, as long as you got what you paid for.  But at some point, we're talking dimishing returns.  $850 is way past that line.

I was going to go for the 12.1, but I settled for the 8.3 LG G Pad GPe for $350.  Almost a 1/3 of the costs.  For that I got what I paid for.
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3/7/2014 | 11:38:56 AM
SAMSUNG RIPOFF
I have purchased many Samsung products in the past and I have been very happy with many of them. However, due to the recent technology wars with Apple and Microsoft, Samsung has started pumping out high-priced GARBAGE.

A few months ago I wanted to purchase a tablet. I was very interested in the Ipad Mini but wanted to see what else was out there so I went down to Best Buy. At Best Buy I was informed that Samsung had just released the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition. I was schmoozed into buying this $650.00 tablet even though there were absolutely no accessories for it as I was told that many accessories would be coming out shortly.

It's been 6 months and there are still no accessories for the tablet. Nothing other than a cheap hard plastic "protective case" which makes the tablet look like it's worth $8.00. I contacted Samsung and spoke with customer service and was told that there weren't any accessories made or being made for this particular tablet and was told that I may be interested in purchasing the new 12 inch tablet. How absurd is that?

So the solution to my problem, which is that I purchased a $650.00 piece of unsupported garbage is that I should spend another $850.00 on a similar product from the same company that ripped me off 6 months ago?!?

Really? Samsung has some really big ones to do this to people. The sad part about it is... there is nothing that I can do, or you can do, to make this stop. Companies will continue to rip people off because there is nothing in our law books that prevents them from doing this.

I had to go to Amazon and by a third-party case and keyboard in order to enhance my tablet. You would think Samsung would support it's own devices but... it doesn't have to. All Samsung has to do is get some pretty girl in Best Buy to convince you that it's the best option for you.

Yeah, I know... I'm an idiot. You're an idiot too if you buy this garbage that will receive ZERO support from it's creators.

Why is this a big deal? Because when Apple makes a product they make accessories to enhance the product. They don't leave it up to no name third-parties.

And for the record... I own ZERO Apple products. Maybe that needs to change?
RonaldG587
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3/7/2014 | 11:55:45 AM
Large Screens or Tablets?
I have a 10 inch Nexus 10 that I port to 27 inch HDMI monitor using the Nexus's HDMI port. I have a 10 inch Samsung Note (Original) that I port to a 71 inch HDMI TV set frequently. Unfortunately Samsung has not seen fit to provide a native HDMI port. I do connect to the TV but have to have several additional connectors. My 10 inch Nexus was about $500 in December 2012, and got the Samsung Note 10.1 for $279 at Walmart as a refurbished model. A 10 inch or smaller Android Tablet with an external HDMI port would be good to have, then if you are someplace like a hotel room with a large TV, you could connect to that. I used to think that larger Tablets was plus, but since they can port HDMI out, you can connect to an external monitor when you want the larger size screen.
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3/7/2014 | 11:57:00 AM
Re: SAMSUNG RIPOFF
I can relate with you a bit here, except mine is a little worse.  I bought a Nexus 10 (which is made by Samsung, but it's a google tablet).  Same deal, no official accesories except that they came out with a flip cover like 6 months ago.  However, I knew this prior to buying my device which is why I do not have buyers remorse.  Unfortunately, you cheated yourself.  It's important to take responsibility for our choices.  It's not the Best Buy girls fault.  She doesn't give a damn what tablet you buy.  She's not paid on commission.  Apple does make 2 cases for their products, a flip cover and a flip case.  That's it!  Apple does not have an official iPad keyboard.  That's third party.  Oh, and they make all their over priced adapters as well.  If the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition was as popular as the iPad Air, I'm sure there would be better options.

 

Now, back to the article.  No!  For $850, buy a laptop.  Heck, you can buy one of those HP hybrids if you really want the "tablet" and laptop experience.  You'll have full Windows and a keyboard w/trackpad already.  Just need a slip cover.
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3/7/2014 | 11:57:08 AM
Re: SAMSUNG RIPOFF
I can relate with you a bit here, except mine is a little worse.  I bought a Nexus 10 (which is made by Samsung, but it's a google tablet).  Same deal, no official accesories except that they came out with a flip cover like 6 months ago.  However, I knew this prior to buying my device which is why I do not have buyers remorse.  Unfortunately, you cheated yourself.  It's important to take responsibility for our choices.  It's not the Best Buy girls fault.  She doesn't give a damn what tablet you buy.  She's not paid on commission.  Apple does make 2 cases for their products, a flip cover and a flip case.  That's it!  Apple does not have an official iPad keyboard.  That's third party.  Oh, and they make all their over priced adapters as well.  If the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition was as popular as the iPad Air, I'm sure there would be better options.

 

Now, back to the article.  No!  For $850, buy a laptop.  Heck, you can buy one of those HP hybrids if you really want the "tablet" and laptop experience.  You'll have full Windows and a keyboard w/trackpad already.  Just need a slip cover.
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3/7/2014 | 11:57:11 AM
Re: SAMSUNG RIPOFF
I can relate with you a bit here, except mine is a little worse.  I bought a Nexus 10 (which is made by Samsung, but it's a google tablet).  Same deal, no official accesories except that they came out with a flip cover like 6 months ago.  However, I knew this prior to buying my device which is why I do not have buyers remorse.  Unfortunately, you cheated yourself.  It's important to take responsibility for our choices.  It's not the Best Buy girls fault.  She doesn't give a damn what tablet you buy.  She's not paid on commission.  Apple does make 2 cases for their products, a flip cover and a flip case.  That's it!  Apple does not have an official iPad keyboard.  That's third party.  Oh, and they make all their over priced adapters as well.  If the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 edition was as popular as the iPad Air, I'm sure there would be better options.

 

Now, back to the article.  No!  For $850, buy a laptop.  Heck, you can buy one of those HP hybrids if you really want the "tablet" and laptop experience.  You'll have full Windows and a keyboard w/trackpad already.  Just need a slip cover.
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3/7/2014 | 1:02:04 PM
No way, not even close.
I love Android as much as the next guy, but in my opinion there's simply no way an Android tablet of any size is worth $850 or more.  For that price, Windows tablets would need to be considered, and a comparison of capabilities between them virtually eliminates the Android tablet.

Now I'm sure there are people who WILL see enough value in this to pay the asking price, but from an assessment of the actual hardware cost and value, it's very difficult to argue that it's worth that much.  An 14 inch, i5 notebook with 4 gigs of ram and several hundred gig hard drive can be had for ~$300.  How on earth can a 12 inch Android tablet cost roughly 3X that?
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3/7/2014 | 3:27:16 PM
Exepsnive, but the price will come down
Steep price. If Apple ever releases the so-called iPad Pro, I can actually imagine it undercutting this price, since I doubt Apple would charge a $400 premium for the larger screen. (That's assuming, of course, that the iPad Pro is simply a bigger-screened iPad Air, rather than some kind of new form factor; there've been rumors, for what they're worth, both ways.)


But there isn't an iPad Pro right now, so I suppose Samsung has some space to experiment with pricing. Like several people in this thread, I'm not sure many people will drop $1000 on a Samsung tablet and accessories when a wide variety of Windows convertibles are available for substantially less. Windows 8.1 devices aren't popular, of course, which is probably why Samsung feels bold-- so I guess we'll have to see. Will Samsung's UI and the promise of Android apps trump the productivity merits of Windows tablets? Since this device is aimed at professionals, I'm not so sure.

My guess is that this tablet will settle into a lower price point before too long.
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3/8/2014 | 10:55:57 AM
Yoga
Is it cool? Oh geez yes, drool worthy even. But, at this size and price, we start reaching a range where I don't see any advantage over a Yoga.
Susan Fourtané
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3/11/2014 | 4:25:27 AM
Is this the best option for the enterprise?
The Galaxy NotePro tablet may be Samsung's best mobile hardware for the enterprise, but this doesn't mean it is the best option the market offers for the enterprise that wants to go mobile. 

Enterprise CIOs would agree that there are many factors to consider before buying a considerable number of tablets for the company's employees.

Other than Samsung's best hardware for the enterprise priced at a probaby overpriced $850, does this tablet offer the best software, the best apps for the enterprise, the best security?   

-Susan
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