Barnes & Noble and Samsung new partnership, which was forged sometime in June has finally produced the intended result: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America said that the company has taken its bestselling Samsung Galaxy tablet and made it the best tablet available for reading and entertainment. This tablet carries the hardware we have all come to expect with the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 baked in with the Barnes & Noble Nook UI skin. The device, available in both white and black is currently available in the U.S at $179 (after an instant $20 rebate) and a lot of money’s worth content thrown in for free as well.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook Features
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet is the thinnest Nook yet measuring 0.35 inches and weighing just 9.7 ounces. It runs on a quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. It also offers a micro-SD expansion slot allowing you up to 32 GB extra storage. The tablet’s screen resolution 1280 x 800 pixels is a step down from the Nook HD tablet which offered 1440 x 900 pixels. The device also features a 3MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front facing camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and GPS+GLONASS. The device also supports Samsung’s multi window feature.
There’s no TouchWiz on the UI of the tablet but you get the B&N software experience which is ideal for making this a reading tablet. The device’s home screen will display your eBooks, B&M recommendations, and deals. Nook users of old will notice that the UI has received some enhancements especially as regards its store and recommendation engine. The device will come with a Nook Newstand that is preinstalled with a collection of digital magazines as well as a whole range of Nook apps, not to mention access to the 3 million or so collection of Barnes & Noble books. The device also lets you set up password-protected user profiles if different members of the family want a personalized environment to operate.
Apart from that users will also have access to all the apps available on Google Play as well as the whole collection of Google apps. Being a Samsung device, you can also expect a bunch of Galaxy apps to come preinstalled with the device. Basically, consumers will get to enjoy the best of three app worlds: Google, Samsung and Barnes & Noble.
Barnes & Noble Freebies
Barnes & Noble is also giving all new owners of the Samsung 4 Nook $200 worth of free content, in the form of three free eBooks (Freakonomics, The Wanderer, and I Am Number Four), three free TV show episodes (one episode each of Hannibal, Orphan Black, and Veep), a $5 Nook store credit for apps or movies, and up to four 14-day free-trial subscriptions to any 12 magazines including recent issues of US Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Cosmopolitan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet has a lot of good things going for it. Access to the Google Play Store puts it a step above the iPad and the Amazon Kindle and the expandable memory option puts it a step above most other Google tablets. If you’re a Nook customer, this is a device you’ll probably want to consider buying.
You can check out all the details and pick up the device at the online store or in retail B&M shops near you.