You can get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 12.2 from Samsung.com for $549.99 and they are including the Bluetooth keyboard cover for free. They also have free shipping (and my order had no tax). Good for the black or white model.
FYI, I got a message from Samsung that the black keyboard cover is backordered.
I seriously considered the Surface Pro 3, I do hope they have addressed the odd behavior of the 2 (mine randomly would wake up and eat the battery, or go to sleep and not want to come back on). For now this fits what I need it to do especially at almost half the price once you factor in the keyboard (even if it is not a real laptop).
I have the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (same as the Tab 12.2 but with note taking capability) and really love the size and weight of this thing. Great for reading books, magazines, and newspapers and also for checking email, surfing the web and watching movies. I don't plan on using it for work or productivity type things but for everything else it's a great tablet. Now for those on the fence about spending a little more to get the Surface Pro 3, I'd recommend the Surface Pro 3 based on what I saw in the press release. That's just me because with the Surface Pro 3 you can do a lot more. But if you want to do is what I just said then this is a great tablet. It has replaced my iPad Air.
One thing to add is that the Note Pro 12.2 starts to get laggy a lot. I think the interface Samsung put on top of the Android Kit Kat OS makes it run sluggish. Reviews on this thing also confirm my laggy experience. So be prepared for the sluggish experience. You won't see it for the first few times you use it but over time it just starts to lag.
namlook said: If the Note Pro 12.2 was at the same price I'd consider it. Just got a refurb Note 2014 for $340. Can't see paying $200 more and losing the digitizer in exchange for the extra screen size.
Honest question, what do people actually use the digitizer/pen for? I got a Note 3 thinking that I'd use the pen all the time, but I haven't used it in months.
The Note 12.2 works for me because along with web surfing, reading, etc. I can use Citrix with it to get into work so I don't have to drag my laptop around, wait for it to boot up, log on, etc. As long as I have my mifi I can remote in and fix whatever I need to look at with the bigger screen.
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