In the past, Barnes & Noble was so big and so dominant that even Tom Hanks looked like a jerk in his role as a book-chain executive. But as people began to order their books online or even download them, B&N was unable to compete. It was time for a change after the company lost a lot of money in the past year Samsung announced the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which is the repackaged version of the already existing Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. The company had originally promised to stop making its own tablets and instead partner with a third-party to better compete with Amazon and its Kindle Fire line. It’s close to being there, With the 7-inch screen, the slate comes preloaded with over $200 in free digital content, and the core Nook app has been redesigned to be more user-friendly than the regular Android Nook Is that reason good enough to convince you to buy this tablet rather than a Kindle Fire? Does it make the case that it will be worth more than any other Android tablet?
Barnes & Noble once controlled the book business to the point where even Tom Hanks could look like an idiot when he played a shop owner. However, as people moved their book purchases online — or even downloaded them — the company found it was struggling to remain competitive. It was time for a change after the company lost a lot of money in the past year Samsung announced the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which is the repackaged version of the already existing Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. The company had originally promised to stop making its own tablets and instead partner with a third-party to better compete with Amazon and its Kindle Fire line. It’s close to being there, With the 7-inch screen, the slate comes preloaded with over $200 in free digital content, and the core Nook app has been redesigned to be more user-friendly than the regular Android Nook Can it be argued that that is a good enough reason to buy this over a Kindle Fire? Or any other Android tablet
Even though it is a budget device, the screen is quite nice. There is no denying that 1,280 x 800 resolution translates into an average pixel density of 216 pixels per inch, but then again, what more do you expect from Having been able to locate a bright panel with good viewing angles, you can read and watch movies well for the money. When you have daylight streaming in through the window next to you, I had no problem using it during a long rail trip at half brightness. You’ll find the usual array of ports when you flip the device over On top is a headphone jack, and on the bottom is a micro-USB charging port. Around the back is a speaker and a 3-megapixel camera, while up front is a 1.3MP camera. In addition to the volume rocker, power button and IR blaster, the right edge of the tablet also has an IR receiver. There is also a microSD card slot nearby that supports cards of It is a shame that the device’s built-in memory is very limited at just 8 GB, of which only 2 GB are accessible by the user. You will need every bit of storage space you can find to extend its capabilities.
Considering the way Samsung and Barnes & Noble pitched the device, this is a Samsung hardware device combined with a Nook operating system. I think that is a bit Samsung’s user interface is on this tablet, but there are also a few Nook apps on it, as well. TouchWiz on this tablet is the same as it is on other Samsung tablets — everything from the icons to the onscreen keyboard to the settings menu is the same. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has Samsung’s Multi Window feature, enabling you to use two apps at once. It even has Google Play access, so you can download all the apps you’d install on any other Android device — yes, including Amazon Kindle apps. The nice thing about this tablet is that unlike other Samsung tablets, this does not come with Sammy’s intrusive My Magazine – long panels that sit to the left of the home screen and can never be resized. Despite not really enjoying the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s user interface, as you will see, I do wish this scaling back was incorporated into other Samsung products.
Also on the home screen are widgets for your library and the Barnes & Noble Nook Store — these were already there when I started up the device. Furthermore, Barnes & Noble and Samsung provided some free content, including a motley collection of books, magazines, movies, and television shows. Here, everyone can find something they like On the other hand, much of it could end up as junk mail. You likely have To Kill a Mockingbird sitting beside a romantic novel by Danielle Steel and Pete the Cat for your kid’s shelf. You’ll find the pilot episode of Veep, among other shows, as well as The Lego Movie on TV and film. There is a parental control feature on the Nook that allows multiple users to set different profiles.) If it’s magazines you want, you can choose between Among the magazines we read are American Weekly, National Geographic, Last but not least, you will receive credit for $5 in the Nook Store. It is a nice gesture, but it won’t go very The five dollars it costs to buy most e-books on B&N’s website isn’t enough. I’m sure the two companies meant well, but if given the choice between extra content and a tablet with faster performance and longer battery life, I’d take the tablet with faster performance and longer battery life every time.
The thing I was surprised by is that this isn’t just a copy-and-paste of the Nook Unlike the Nook app for my Moto X, which contains all library, search, and store functions in a single app, the Nook app for the Galaxy Tab 4 contains specific apps for each of these functions. You must use either of the following to achieve the same goal As well as reading content, you can access the store, highlight passages, and rate and review things. You don’t always have to drill far into the menus to find what you want in this case as the icons are different. (See You can customize the font, search, and table of contents. In addition, there is a difference in how easy it is to highlight text in the Samsung app compared to that on the Certainly this is a more pleasant Nook experience than what you’d get from an Android device. The UI actually feels more like Barnes & Noble’s e-ink e-readers, which is funny since that would seem to be an entirely different category of device. You might want to keep this in mind if you’re already a loyal customer of Barnes & Noble. As well as the various Nook apps, Samsung installed a few other third-party software programs, including Dropbox, Hancom Office 2014, Netflix, OfficeSuite 7 (the more robust among the two office programs installed) and In addition, you’ll find a link to Samsung’s own curated app store — if Google Play is still not There is no doubt that this is a bit of a mixed bag, but to each their It is at least possible to uninstall programs that do not suite your needs.
Performance and battery life
It was only last week that I first saw the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, but I’ve already heard Barnes & Noble reps say numerous times that the tablet is designed to be used as a reading device. Essentially, they are just repeating what we already know It’s actually a jointly developed tablet by Barnes & Noble and Samsung, and it should offer a great reading experience because Barnes & Noble is known for its great books. Duh, of course. It seems possible that our expectations have been kept in check by the two companies. The Samsung Galaxy Tab A is a bit slow, especially for a budget tablet. I believe that both Samsung and Barnes & Noble have admitted Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Pro has the same internal components as the standard Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 — a 1.2GHz quad-core Marvell PXA 1088 processor and 1.5GB of RAM, a combination that lags the competition by a wide margin As a matter of fact, the results were so bad that at first I thought that the numbers must be a fluke. As a matter of fact, I ran the tests repeatedly and found that the results were consistently poorer than those of other tablets, even the similarly priced ASUS MeMO Pad As well as in the virtual realm, this sluggishness is evident in the real world as well. As I switched the device from portrait to landscape mode and back, the accelerometer often took a while to catch up. While you should be able to have a snappier experience on a competing device, web browsing is smooth enough on the Nexus 6. Samsung and Nook require a long period of time to warm-up after they’ve been cold-booted, forcing you to navigate animated splash screens. It is possible to use the multi-window mode, but you may have to wait a couple of seconds for a new app to appear if you replace a pane. A book shelf on my Nook library — the app I care about most — often took a long time to load. Initially, I found the Nook to be slow to minimize apps when I pressed the home button, as I’ve had other Samsung devices do. It turns out there is an easy fix that has to do with S Voice, and it really has nothing to do with S Voice at all To prevent the home button from waiting to see if you will double press the home button to launch S Voice, just uncheck the box “open via the home key.” That way, the device will launch right away when you press the home button. On the plus side, I was able to improve performance at least with that issue. second issue is that the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook isn’t just for reading for those who purchase it. I can imagine they’d get a standalone e-reader and call it a day if it were the case. A tablet with access to the Google Play store and multi-window support, however, could do more than just read e-books if you plan to buy an Android tablet. Downloading apps is what you want to do. Films can be viewed online. Use the Internet to browse. Take a little time to play a few games. While the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook can do the majority of those tasks, it does not always work The UI will probably be faster on another device — even on a budget tablet.
claims the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s battery can last up to 10 hours with light use. That could well hold true with light use. We found that the battery ran out a few hours sooner in our video rundown test, however (admittedly taxing). With the screen on constant loop, playing a 1080p video at fixed brightness, and periodically refreshing social networks in the background, the tablet lasted for about seven and a half hours. As always, your mileage will vary, but it should be noted that other devices can perform As for the ASUS MeMO Pad 7, it got about an hour more battery life Consequently, the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX showed a remarkable runtime of nearly 11 hours in the same testing. Even the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook gets about the same runtime as the 2013 Nexus 7 — and the performance is slightly better.
At the time of the Nook Tablet’s release, it was easy to look past some of its shortcomings because it was so inexpensive. The $249 price for an Android tablet was a lot at the time, especially considering flagships were routinely priced around $500 or more. Despite that, though, 170 dollars is not a bad price for a Nook device. However, the competition is stronger, so $170 won’t be enough. ASUS MeMO Pad 7 features a $150 lower price, an IPS display, twice the internal storage, longer battery life, a microSDXC slot that supports higher-capacity cards, and a quad-core processor that outperforms the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Dell continues to offer its $160 Venue 7, which has a 1,280 x 800 IPS screen and a rear camera with a higher resolution of 5MP. As for the performance, I have not tested that, and I am not able to comment. Lastly, it offers 16GB of storage, and can accommodate memory cards up to 64GB in size. Any Android tablet can be used to run the standard Nook app, as well. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook has, as far as I can tell, one thing going for it, Multi Window support, but in the end how useful is that if the processor doesn’t support You can also buy the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HDX for $229 ($244 without ads on the lock screen) if you want a bigger screen and more storage. In terms of value for money, almost everything is superior Compared with the old model, this model is slightly better in terms of battery life and performance, in part because of the Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB With a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200, and a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch, the screen is larger and more vivid. Although you won’t be able to use Google Play, Amazon’s own app store has been expanding steadily over the years, and their digital content selection is just as comprehensive While Barnes & Noble offers lifetime in-store service for its Nook tablets, Amazon’s Mayday feature allows you to get live help anytime. Other than the price difference, it’s hard to see why you’d choose the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook over the Amazon model. Having access to Google Play is important to some, but you’re still better off with last year’s Nexus 7, despite the lack of Google Play. Similar to the Kindle Fire HDX, it is priced at $229, and it has a screen with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200. Although its performance won’t be as good as the HDX, it should still beat the new Nook tablet in terms of speed. You’re not giving up anything in terms of battery life with the Nook either, so you’re not giving up anything in terms
It should be no surprise to anyone that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is only suitable to those already loyal Barnes & Noble customers. It is attractive because it offers a better reading experience than the regular Nook for Android app, despite the fact it comes with free content (I call this a gimmick). Barnes & Noble’s Android application currently offers the best Nook experience. Other than buying one of B&N’s standalone e-ink readers, you might want to consider buying one of its standalone e-ink readers. But even then, that’s a bit of a There’s nothing wrong with the regular Nook app, but we recommend looking at other Android tablets as well. In any case, you should definitely not purchase this if you do not own a Nook. While the design is nice, and the screen is bright, the battery life is a bit low compared to competing devices, and the performance is also sluggish. To make matters worse, there is much less built-in storage for apps, books, photos, and music, and the microSD card slot gives users only 32GB of capability. It is possible to get a better Android tab, even for $179, for those who only want a budget tablet and don’t care where they purchase their books.