The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK — while similar to the company's other 7-inch Galaxy Tab model — changes the tablet-reading experience by offering a huge digital library and viewing features that make reading on a tablet easier — all while fitting in your hand.
With 10 hours of battery life, the NOOK offers a 1280 x 800 megapixel screen, which was more than enough to provide a clear picture for watching a movie. And at 8GB, it's built with a microSD slot if you need to add more storage. But perhaps most interesting is that the tablet was created in partnership with Barnes & Noble. If you go into any of their stores in the United States and connect to the WiFi, you can read any e-book while you are there for free (Barnes & Noble has 3 million e-books in their stores). You can also chat up the NOOK experts for any troubleshooting (but unfortunately not via live video like you can with a Kindle). The device comes with $200 of free content, a selection of HBO shows, magazine subscriptions (plus a year's worth of back issues), and $5 of store credit.
On top of that, the NOOK does an excellent job formatting magazines, comic books, and children’s books. You can use the “article” view to see only the text of a magazine story in a larger font size. For comics, there’s a mode that zooms in and advances to each panel as you swipe. And children’s books include animations and games you can click on and explore. The tablet even comes with a front and rear camera and GPS. Sure, it doesn't offer as many apps as an iPad mini, but you can still easily access the Google Play store the next time you need a good read. [$180; barnesandnoble.com]
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