Samsung and Barnes & Noble unveil Galaxy Tab 4 Nook tablet: a $179 7 incher with $200 worth of free content


Book-seller Barnes & Noble seems to have given up on its own efforts to develop a tablet, and has instead partnered with Samsung on its new Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. The 7-inch device comes for an extremely affordable price of just $179 and is deeply integrated with the Barnes & Noble ecosystem of books, magazines and other content.

In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is decidedly low-end: it features a 7” 1280 x 800-pixel display (pixel density comes in at the lowly 216ppi), and a fairly middling 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex A7-based system chip.

While the Galaxy Tab 4 is a bit more expensive than the fairly similar Amazon Kindle Fire HD (that sells for $139), it has one key advantage - a rich Android skin with full access to the Google Play Store. Amazon’s tablet, in contrast, only offers its Amazon Appstore catalog with a much more limited selection. Not just that, with Samsung’s TouchWiz on top of this new Nook, you get neat options like multi-tasking.

Barnes & Noble sweetens the deal with $200 worth of magazines offered for free for buyers of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook: you get at least 12 issues of your favorite four magazines.



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14 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Looks good with price.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I wonder if you could stack the magazines. Instead of 4 issues for one year. What about 1 issue for 4 years?

4. johneevo

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

No stacking what you are actually getting are 12 old issues of each magazine. You need to sign up for a 14 day trial and then make sure you cancel them or else you will be charged for the magazine subscriptions. So at least for me, not as good a deal as this article lead me to believe it was,.

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Nope.

5. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

If Barnes and Noble did the same with a Samsung made phone and make it cheap off contract it would already beat the fire phone. Hell, do we have anyone here that bought a fire phone?

6. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Just when you though it couldn't get any worse. They would have been far better off by offering a Barnes & Noble launcher.

7. wilsong17 unregistered

Why TouchWiz is love by many because is easy to use

10. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

It would've been simpler, cheaper, and gotten a much bigger user base than marrying it to a low end galaxy tab. They obviously not making much off of the HW.

8. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

B&N lost me for hardware when they abandoned my NOOK Tablet. I will not buy ANY hardware associated with NOOK ever again. I am quite happy with my Nexus 7 (20013) and can run the NOOK app just fine. (Along with the Kindle & Google reader apps also) Why do I need ANYTHING hardware wise with NOOK attached to it?

9. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

$200 worth of mags!! It this a joke?

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Just marketing, i.e. BS. B&N is giving you something that is in reality worth next to nothing and saying it is worth $200. Anyone using a few easy to find coupons could get far more digital magazines for $200 than the meager few that B&N is offering. Or spend just a few dollars and get the same thing B&N is offering. Or spend nothing and download all the magazines with the ads stripped out. Obviously B&N/Samsung think there is an infinite supply of iFan-like people, i.e. "you can fool some of the people all of the time", ready to buy their junk.

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So is there something "awesome" about the tablet or is that just a retarded advertisement?...

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

just a retarded advertisement. Or perhaps they're saying it's so awesome because they got $200 worth of magazines? The guys were probably reading Maxin or sport illustrated swimsuit, lol. We never know.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Mediocre crap from companies that should know better. Barnes and Noble should make a Nook launcher that is generally available for Android, but has special support for Samsung's latest AMOLED tablets. The specialized Nook launcher would feature a book reader that has full support for inverted text mode, so readers (aka Barnes and Noble customers) would have a great experience. For all customers, B&N could offer a variety of incentives, book clubs, free mags, whatever, to get people on board.

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