70

Good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet

70

This should come as a shock to no one, but the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is only a good idea if you're already a loyal Barnes & Noble customer. Setting aside the fact that it comes with free content (a gimmick, if you ask me), this tablet is appealing because it offers a better reading experience than even the regular Nook for Android app. Until Barnes & Noble redesigns its standard Android application, this is the best Nook experience you're going to get, short of buying one of B&N's standalone, e-ink e-readers.

Even then, that's a stretch: It's not like the regular Nook app is so bad that you shouldn't consider other Android tablets. If you're not even a Nook customer, then there's definitely no reason to buy this. Sure, the design is nice, and the screen is bright, but the battery life is short compared to competing devices, and the performance is slower. Adding insult to injury, you get less built-in storage for apps, books, photos and music, and the microSD slot doesn't officially support cards larger than 32GB. For people who just want a budget Android tab, and don't care where they buy their books, you can do better, even for $179.

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    4.7
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    6.7
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    7.0
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    6.0
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    7.3
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    8.0
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5.0
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    8.0
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    6.0
  • Ease of use | 1 comment
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Engadget Aug 28, 2014

With an improved reading app, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook could be a compelling choice for loyal Barnes & Noble customers. But if all you want is a budget Android tablet, you can do better, even at this price.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 23, 2014

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is an average Android tablet that isn't a very good value, even with Barnes & Noble's bundled content.

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5.0
Laptop Magazine Aug 25, 2014

For our money, we'll continue to pick Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch over the Nook and its $199 price tag. If you're locked into an existing B&N library, we recommend loading Nook's app onto an Amazon slate.

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5.0
ladyvader ladyvader

I liked it at first, but then it kept saying no room to add anything... The $200 in free stuff was a joke too! It wasn't anything, I'd really want, and then when you did pick one of the choices there was no room to store it.. The SD Card only lets you use it for video, and pictures.. I didn't buy...

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