As Amazon has dominated the digital reader market with the affordable Kindle brand, the word “Nook” has almost become obsolete. In August Barnes & Noble release their newest Nook, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Yes, you read that correctly, Samsung has teamed up with Barnes & Noble to create a new e-reader. After a long hiatus the new release will bring the Nook brand back to the forefront of e-readers. The Tab 4 Nook comes in black or white and includes $200 worth of goodies (books, magazine, and TV shows) plus a $20 instant rebate. With a price tag of as much as $50 cheaper than its Kindle competitor; $179 vs $229+ it features:
- 1280 x 800 resolution 7″ Display
- 2GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM
- Battery Life: Up to 10 hours of general use. We were actually able to use it for 3 days of general use
- Front- and rear-facing cameras(1.3MP and 3MP respectively) for the infamous selfie or to video chat
- Built-in GPS enables location-based apps
- Multi Window mode for added productivity
- Micro-USB 2.0 connection
- 8GB of internal memory with expand the memory by up to 32GB with microSD card
- Millions of books and magazines to choose from
- Thousands of popular movies, TV shows, and apps
- Access to the Google Play store which also holds a Kindle app
- Multiple user sign-ins
Of course with pros there comes some cons. After much testing we found that the accelerometer was extremely sensitive. The slightest shift of your Nook may rotate the screen. We could also find that the Tab 4 Nook was sometimes slow despite Barnes & Nobles’ claims that it’s fast. Just like any Android Tablet the more apps that run in the background, the slower your device will be. Even though the tablet is clear, for reading those with trouble seeing may find the display slightly grainy.
Picture provided by barnesandnoble.com
The Samsung Galaxy Tab $ Nook merges the expertise of the pioneers of technology and retail book stores into a great device with room for awesome upgrades. Keep in mind that this tablet’s main use is to be an e-reader so do not expect all of the speed and quality of a normal tablet. It’s a great back-to-school item for the mobile student and a great family tablet to share. For an e-reader we rated the Nook as a 9; however, as a normal tablet we rate this product as a 6 for its lack of speed which leaves room for improvements. I am already looking forward to the next generation Nook from Samsung.