Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0by Samsung

  • Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0
  • Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0
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VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
61%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • This Nook doesn't limit you to Barnes & Noble's media selection; it can access Google Play apps and movies.
  • Unlike many competing tablets, this one offers a microSD slot, so you can easily increase up the available storage.
  • With a built-in IR blaster, the tablet doubles as a TV remote.

CONS

  • Nothing about the hardware distinguishes this Nook from Samsung's nearly identical Galaxy Tab 4.
  • The screen and camera resolutions could be better, and a relatively slow processor results in a sluggish performance.
  • With only 8GB of onboard storage and nearly half it occupied out of the box, a memory card--not included--is pretty much essential.
After having mixed success with its own branded tablets, Barnes & Noble partnered with Samsung to create the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0. This 7-inch tablet was designed to compete with Amazon's Kindle line by offering deep integration into the B&N ecosystem; it does that and accesses Google Play apps and movies as well. A microSD slot makes it expandable, but the processor delivers sluggish results. It may prove to be the last product to bear the Nook label.
NameGalaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0Kindle VoyageKindle Paperwhite (2015)Kindle Fire HD 7Tab 2 A8
ManufacturerSamsungAmazonAmazonAmazonLenovo
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 that was released just a few months ago, but with Nook-centric apps and featur…

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 that was released just a few months ago, but with Nook-centric apps and features baked into the interface. If you're a current Galaxy Tab 4 owner and that doesn't sound like much of a selling point, you're right.

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70%

The 7-inch slate comes pre-loaded with $200 worth of free content, and the core Nook app has been redesigned to the point that it actually o…

The 7-inch slate comes pre-loaded with $200 worth of free content, and the core Nook app has been redesigned to the point that it actually offers a better reading experience than the regular Nook Android app. But is that a good enough reason to buy this instead of a Kindle Fire? Or any other Android tablet, for that matter?

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65%

For $180, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a great deal for those already heavily invested in Barnes & Noble Nook content outside of just eb…

For $180, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a great deal for those already heavily invested in Barnes & Noble Nook content outside of just ebooks, especially if they have an aging Nook Tablet or ancient Nook Color and are looking for an upgrade.

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The actual reading experience isn't exceptional in any way, despite Barnes & Noble's insistence on marketing the Nook as a reader's tablet. …

The actual reading experience isn't exceptional in any way, despite Barnes & Noble's insistence on marketing the Nook as a reader's tablet. The Nook reading app gives you six font options (three serif and three sans serif), eight size options, and options for adjusting margins and line spacings. You can also change the reading theme to set text to brown and light beige backgrounds. Aside from that last option, the standard Android Nook app has all the same options.

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50%

The most useful B&N addition is the small book icon on the bottom left corner of the home screen, which opens the e-book you're reading to t…

The most useful B&N addition is the small book icon on the bottom left corner of the home screen, which opens the e-book you're reading to the spot you left off. You can also do this by touching that book in the Library, but if you've been playing with Nook apps or video content, this button could save you a swipe.

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There’s not a single indication of the product’s Nook ties anywhere on its exterior — not even in the vast white space on the product’s rear…

There’s not a single indication of the product’s Nook ties anywhere on its exterior — not even in the vast white space on the product’s rear. What appears to be a relative lack of impact form B&N and the hardware front means that you’re left with what’s essentially a Samsung tablet — albeit one pre-loaded with Nook software.

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With its middling features and not-quite-fully-integrated Nook widget and app suite, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook can’t compete with the fo…

With its middling features and not-quite-fully-integrated Nook widget and app suite, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook can’t compete with the forward-leaning Amazon Kindle Fire HDX or mid-size tablet-market-leading Apple iPad Mini. Yet, I still like it.

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In almost all regards, this looks like a Samsung effort, with Nook along for the ride. Even the iconic Nook software is relegated to select …

In almost all regards, this looks like a Samsung effort, with Nook along for the ride. Even the iconic Nook software is relegated to select apps and widgets (and some firmware changes) on top of what's otherwise stock Android 4.4 KitKat, with some Samsung TouchWiz – err – touches.

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