The Good The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook offers a thin and light 7-inch Android tablet with access to the full Google Play store and a bunch of Nook-centric freebies for just $179. The microSD card slot supports cards of up to 32GB, and it doubles as a TV remote thanks to a built-in IR blaster.
The Bad Except for Barnes & Noble's skinned interface, this is identical to Samsung's existing 7-inch Tab 4, right down to the average screen and camera resolution. If you're doing anything more than reading, you'll need to invest in that extra memory card. Faster tablets with higher-resolution displays don't cost much more, and will still run the Nook apps.
The Bottom Line While it doesn't offer much to distinguish itself from other Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a decent 7-inch tablet at an affordable price.
A Galaxy in Nook's clothing
Back in the early days of tablets -- about three or four years ago -- Barnes & Noble was a major player in the market. But that was then, and this is now: with the exception of its, the bookseller is now out of the tablet hardware business, having opted instead to partner with Samsung.
The first fruit of the collaboration is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The hardware isn't new at all: in fact, this is exactly the same tablet as the existing Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, available at the same price ($179 with a $20 rebate). But the Nook version uses Barnes & Noble's own Android skin (an updated holdover of the company's earlier tablets), and throws in a dollop of freebies, including a trio of e-books, three TV episodes, and some trial magazine subscriptions.
The result is perfectly decent 7-inch tablet with all the basics (microSD expansion slot, the current Android KitKit 4.4 operating system, full access to Google Play app store), along with a handful of nice extras (it has GPS and doubles as a TV remote, for instance). But with screen resolution that's a bit of a step back from that of the the 2012 cheap-but-good tablets on tap for the last few months of the year, the Galaxy Tab Nook has its work cut out for it. And in the end, for fans of the Nook e-book ecosystem, it may not even matter: they can still use that app on any iOS or Android device of their choosing.and an inevitable parade of
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