Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO Tablets Put Software Goodie Bag Front and Center [Hands-On]

Usually, we couldn’t care less about the extra software that gets heaped onto tablets before purchase. We’re usually more concerned about how to get rid of the bloatware than how we can use it. That might change with the new Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablets from Samsung, who are including a massive gift bag of apps and services that totals about $700 along with the purchase of the tablet.

That’s not to say the hard specs aren’t impressive – they are. These tablets are bigger than most – the NotePRO will only be available in a 12.2” model, with the TabPRO coming in 12.2”, 10.1”, and 8.4” models. All of those will have widescreen, 16:10 WQXGA 2560 x 1600 resolution displays. They’ll also run the latest version of Android (4.4 KitKat), and all will be powered by 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors for the LTE versions – the 3G/Wi-Fi models will run on an Exynos 5 octa-core processor, combining a quad-core 1.9 GHz processor with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor. The 12.2” models will have a whole 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB/64 GB of storage, with the smaller models getting 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB/32 GB of storage. All will have microSD card slots, 8 MP rear cameras, and 2 MP front cameras. And, being a Note tablet, the NotePRO will come with Samsung’s S Pen stylus.

But, the biggest feature might be that massive goodie bag. We’ll start with cloud storage – 1 TB free from Bitcasa for three months and 50 GB free from Dropbox for two years. You’ll get a free Evernote subscription for three to twelve months, depending on where you live, and a free download for the EasilyDo Pro app helps even more to keep your life organized. For the business professionals, there’s a six-month free subscription to Cisco WebEx Meetings with unlimited meetings and a free subscription to Hancom Office, an office suite with support for most file formats. You can add a three-month subscription to LinkedIn Premium to that list, too. For the artistic, Sketchbook Pro can be downloaded for free, and the self-publishing photo album app, Blurb, comes with a $5 coupon for your first purchase. News junkies will get free one-year subscriptions to Bloomberg Businessweek and the New York Times. A free six-month subscription to LIVESPORT.TV brings you free, premium HD sports streaming, while a free two-year subscription to Remote PC lets you access your PC from your new tablet. Finally, Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary comes free for those who are learning English as a second language.

So, that’s a ton of goodies – virtually anyone interested in buying a tablet is going to have their interest piqued by something in that laundry list. It doesn’t hurt that these tablets are technically sound, with very crisp displays and some of the best mobile processors to be found on the market at the moment. The Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablets, and a whole slew of accessories that will follow in their wake, will hit stores sometime during Q1 2014, but we don’t have any pricing information just yet.