Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

70
Engadget
Score
70

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook review: good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Good-looking design
  • Bright screen
  • The Nook app here is an improvement over the regular Nook for Android
  • Price includes some free books, magazines and TV shows
Cons
  • Short battery life compared to competing devices
  • Sluggish performance
  • Skimpy built-in storage
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook review: good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet

There was a time when Barnes & Noble was so big, so dominating, that even Tom Hanks managed to look like a jerk when he played a book-chain executive. But times have changed, and as people began to order their books online -- or even download them -- B&N found itself struggling to keep up. After losing a lot of money last year, the company decided it was time for a change: It vowed to stop making its own tablets, and instead team up with some third-party company to better take on Amazon and its Kindle Fire line. Turns out, that third party was none other than Samsung, and the fruits of their partnership, the $179 Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, is basically a repackaged version of the existing Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. Well, almost, anyway. 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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Scores

Engadget

70
 

Breakdown

Features
4.7
Ease of use
6.0
Battery life
7.0
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Display
6.7
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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