Samsung Galaxy TabPro S (SM-W700)

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  1. sonichedgehog360

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    Everyone is just begging for a Core M-powered device in something less than 12-inches. This is actually a more common request than I had originally thought. Today, I was checking the Facebook comments for GPD's upcoming Pocket, a 7-inch laptop/netbook-esque device, and multiple people had requested a Core M CPU in it. I seriously do not understand why no one is willing to invest in a 10-inch and under Core M device. It is almost as if they are afraid it would cut into their larger notebook sales or they purposely have their hands over their ears and are going "nah, nah, I'm not listening." Maybe it is the Apple mentality has rubbed off too much on the rest of the industry: we listened, and we are telling you this is what you want so like it or leave it!
     
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    I've owned every model of Surface portable and I prefer the SM-W700 to any of them.

    Why?
    - The AMOLED screen is like having angels gently caress your eyes.
    - It's cooler and quieter than the Surfaces I've owned
    - It's thinner
    - With simple, non-registry/XTU tweaks I can get 8-9 hours of use easily.

    Things that I don't like?
    - Samsung support: trying to track down a replacement KB case for mine is an exercise in futility. The reps tell me things like "I can't give you a part number because it keeps changing."
    - No mSD card slot.
    - Only one USB port.
     
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    Fancy sharing your battery saving tweaks?;)
     
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    Hi, I am new to this thread and am excited to have just ordered a TabPro S after having my eye on it since announcement.

    I just had a long look at the entire market and couldn't find a better device for outside sales / watching TV and movies / travel - with the screen brightness and sunlight readability being a bigger factor than for most users. Still, I compared it against many other models even devices double the price I ended up purchasing for.

    eBay in Australia had a 15% coupon, so I chose a used device in great condition - the gold 8GB / 256GB version that is not available in Australia AT ALL.

    I had to buy the charger separately, but I got an AU charger easily on eBay, as well as the Multiport adapter which seems to be mandatory. Total damage was only AU$625 (US$472) and this was with the extra dongle and australia shipping tax!

    It is interesting that this is pretty much the price I paid for my iPad Air 16GB WiFi in November 2013. In four years I now get a device with true multitasking, 8x the RAM, 16x the Storage, 2x the Processor, Bigger & Better OLED screen, proper mass storage, proper HTPC ability.

    Bonus points because I already have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge since launch so I get to play with that sync software as well. Actually useful to be able to turn off hotspot from the device and other features if it all works.
     
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    It's really depressing that this thread is so dead, that my own post from over 3 months ago is still the latest one.

    I have been using the Tabpro S as my daily driver and my beastly i7 notebook is feeling neglected. I just really prefer the OLED and silent running of this device even with the flaws. I can't go back to any machine that doesn't have an OLED screen as I consume too much video.

    Flaws:
    • I bought it used off eBay, and it has a a 1cm straight line of bright/dead pixels, like it was squashed between the Q and W keys and damaged the panel. Only visible when browsing the net, not when watching videos.
    • Battery life is only 4 hours, could be also because it is used, but battery wear was 2% when I got it (3.8% now) so could also be because i disabled the screen dimming and I run too many tabs in chrome
    • Charging rates vary everytime I plug it in, BatteryBar says it charges anywhere from 4000 mW to 8000 mW to 16000 mW but it varies. Tried a different cable, same issue. Really annoying when I don't notice and see the battery is nearly dead or halfway dead when it's been connected and I have been using it for hours.
    • Flash memory works fine with the multiport adapter, but if I want to use my 2TB external hard drive, it also needs a wall socket to power it, not even a battery pack works. I got stuck when I first saw this issue on a flight, and I had new episodes stuck on the Hard Drive because I didn't copy them across until I was on the plane.
    • I am very used to the keyboard now, but it could be better, and really missing a backlight. No thanks, not paying 2k for a galaxy book.
    • WiFi - I had some dropout issues, then samsung software alerted me to a new driver in the past few weeks, so if you haven't updated, I suggest you do.
    • I run it hard, sometimes it chokes without enough memory or CPU.

    Benefits
    • I run it hard, most of the time it is a champion, even with too many tabs open in Chrome.
    • Quietest and best display on a Windows machine I have ever used. I have watched TV shows and movies constantly, it all looks fantastic. Even the Foxtel (Cable TV provider) streaming in SD quality looks better in OLED.
    • So light, still powerful.... Glad I imported the 8GB/256 version, learnt my lesson after buying a Macbook Air 4gb/128gb years ago and struggling constantly.
    • I create 360 virtual tours, they look amazing on this screen
    • Found a decent RSS reader, called Feedlab. Just in time as my iPad reader called Mr. Reader is abandonware. I have now abandoned my iPad Air completely, I only use it to play a Dungeon PvP game and it's primary job is as a display for the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced I just bought.

    I am about to take this machine overseas for a month around Asia, and I have bought a spare battery pack to get around the battery life issue. I will be taking just this device, my S7 Edge, Sony A6000 with Rokinon 12mm lens, Skullcandy bluetooth headset, Logitech UE bluetooth speaker, a 2TB hard drive and a 128GB thumbdrive, just amazing how much usefulness in this kit for under 2KG.

    My next machine will have to be impressive, Intel 9th Gen quad-core, OLED screen, weigh about the same (1.2kg?) with 16GB/512GB and displayport so I can use mixed reality headset.
     
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