News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014.
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Samsung's new(ish) relationship with Barnes & Noble has already resulted in one new product, the Nook powered Galaxy Tab 4. The union has now doubled its product range with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, a larger Nook/Galaxy slate that is as much full blown tablet as it is e-reader.This is more or less the same device as the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 that launched a couple of months back, except this of comes with more real estate. This is what we had to say about that product when it landed:
The result is the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, which like it or not is a Samsung device first and foremost, and oh it happens to have Nook's software on board. Korean giant Samsung has gotten pretty good at the slate making game by now and the Tab 4 is another in a line of solid lower end offerings. The design will hardly surprise anyone as it is classic Galaxy, which may make this reader hard to differentiate in the market. I cannot stress enough how much this just looks like any other Samsung product, right down to that opinion dividing faux leather the company uses on the rear. As mentioned, the hardware is a step up from your average reader and the Nook, ahem, we mean the Galaxy Tab 4 will make mincemeat out of basic web browsing and reading, its two bread and butter features. It sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM and TFT display with WXGA resolution, plenty to chew up those basic tasks. So the design is distinctly Samsung, which leaves the software department for Nook to shine. It looks like it does too, but again Samsung's fingers in the pie may be the compromise for some. The Korean company has used its basic Android skin that you would have seen on smartphones and tablets with the Galaxy branding. It is tough to complain about that considering it is a slick interface and makes this a tablet as much as an e-reader. Nook needs to be an impressive reading software, because let's face it, you can get very good reading apps on just about any old slate these days. For those engrained in previous Nook hardware, you will be pleased to know that the experience is largely unchanged, which is actually a very good thing. This remains one of the best reading software's available, and with a TFT screen will trump a normal tablet in terms of really getting into reading on a slate. The truth is, for all Samsung's interfering, the mobile giant is absolutely necessary and has given Nook a new lease of life and a fighting chance in the market.While the smaller size and decent price of the first Tab 4 makes it a solid buy for the reader crowd, this 10-inch offering is a harder sell. It is pretty expensive too, coming in at $299 and due to bump to $349 in November. For that money you could buy a Nexus 7 tablet and a separate e-reader, or if you must have the best of both, the iPad Mini Retina is even the same price these days.
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