I wasn’t expecting it. As a matter of fact, I had given up hope of ever seeing Android Lollipop on my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 3G. Yes; that 12-inch large tablet of mine given to me by Nescafe Africa last year. It came pre-installed with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat. Samsung had been quiet about the device getting Lollipop, so eventually, I resigned myself to the situation. This evening, the tab notified me that it had downloaded the 1.077 GB Lollipop update and asked if I wanted to install.
What sort of question is that? I hit the “Install” button. Installation was quick and easy, and right now, my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 3G is rocking Android 5.0.2. The TouchWiz user interface got cleaner, breezier and colourful. Here are a few screenshots.
The drop-down menu pulled down on the homescreen:
Here is the web browser with the keyboard visible. I absolutely love the feel of the keyboard:
Here is one of the menus under the device’s Settings:
I also ran performance benchmark tests with the following results:
- AnTuTu: 49,671
- Quadrant: 24,548
- GeekBench: 902 Single-Core; 2695 Multi-Core
I like what I have seen so far. The Note Pro feels like a different device, and I am almost certain that I will find other improvements in the course of everyday usage. The Note Pro is my mobile office and mobile entertainment unit when I don’t have my laptop on me. I also do some light sketching on it using the included S-Pen stylus. For an octa-core processor, 3GB RAM device that hit the markets in March 2014 (almost two years old), not bad. Not bad at all. Well done, Samsung.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.