We are living in a digital world, and honey, I'm a digital girl. If there's one thing that I may very well be addicted to, other than coffee, it's my devices. I sort of feel lost without them now, because I really rely on them for work purposes, and enjoy having them on hand for down time. I use my Samsung Galaxy phone a lot- I mean, I'm on it all day long, doing everything from taking pictures, scheduling events, answering e-mails, making calls, etc. I am a huge Samsung Galaxy fan- I love the way my phone functions, and wouldn't switch to any other brand for anything.
At the end of the day, when I am getting that last little bit of work finished up, or want to read or unwind by playing a game for a few minutes, I turn to my Nook by Barnes and Noble. Last Christmas, my parents gifted me a Nook HD, and I have been in love with it from day one. Everything from the display to the apps, and of course the B&N Nook Shop. When I heard that Barnes & Noble was teaming up with Samsung to create the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, I was out of this world excited, and even more so when I was offered the opportunity to try one out for myself!
About the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook by Barnes & Noble...
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is the first-ever full-featured tablet optimized for reading. The 7-inch tablet combines Samsung’s leading technology and NOOK’s extraordinary content and reading experience. Perfect for the bookworm that loves to discover and explore, the new NOOK by Samsung boasts tablet tools for everyday use and an endless collection of reading and entertainment options, letting readers connect to the world when they need to, and escape from it whenever they want. In short, this cutie is everything you need!
When my review sample of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook arrived, I was chomping at the bits to open the box and check it out.
When my hubby came home and saw this on the table, he slightly turned into a kid again- he was very excited, and couldn't wait to see what the new Nook looked and felt like.
What's in the box?
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook comes with the device (available in black or white), Micro USB cord, charger, and user manual. My hubby and I love that this device, much like our Samsung Galaxy phones, can be charged universally with a micro USB cord. This is so nice. I love my Nook HD, but it can only be charged with the cord that came with it, which is much larger at the base than a regular micro USB cord base.
Simple packaging, stellar and sleek device design.
My first impression of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, was that it was a sexy device- I mean, as sexy as a device can be, based on looks. It's super sleek, and thin, just like the Galaxy phones. I love the silver rim around the device, too. All of the buttons (press and touch, alike) are exactly as they are on my phone, so I knew right away that the power button was on the top right side of the phone, the main button was front and center underneath the screen, with the menu touch key to the left, and the back screen touch key to the right. The only thing that I noticed was different, was the volume bar, which is located underneath the power button on the right hand side. The headphones jack is at the top, and USB port at the bottom. Easy enough, right?
The tablet is super lightweight, and what I really love about it, is that you can hold it in your hand. I have to either prop my Nook HD up, or hold it with two hands, because it's pretty large (which I don't mind- again, I love my Nook HD!).
I wanted to show you what this amazing device can do, so take a look at some of its awesome features.
Device home screen- shows you how you can get to your Nook Shop, Search button, Chrome access, Play Store access, Google Apps, etc. Remember, this is an Android based device, so all of your favorite apps, widgets and more, will be at your fingertips. The multi-screen function allows you to do two things at once!
Meet the NOOK Shop
NOOK Shop home screen.
So, pretty much anything and everything you could possibly want to read is available in the NOOK Shop, which you can access from your WiFi enabled NOOK device, your smart phone, or computer. Setting up an account is super easy, and once you've set it up, you can access it from any device you so choose. Every member of my family has a B & N NOOK Shop account, and we all love it.
Since I already have a personal account, I was familiar with how it worked. I have tons of NOOK Books on my NOOK HD, and love that I can access them anytime I want to!
Once your account is set up and ready to go, start browsing! Use the search bar to type in whatever you like, or you can use the categories in the NOOK Shop to shop by author, title, best sellers, books for children, etc.
When searching for children's books, you can search by age group. I typed in 3-5, as B is four years old, and we found some great titles that would definitely pique his interest.
With many of the available NOOK Books, you are able to download and enjoy a sample. Just think of it as a try before you buy type of thing.
We downloaded a sample of Disney's FROZEN: A Day in the Sun. This happened to be a Read by Myself or Read and Record book.
Here's our pal, Olaf!
The Barnes & Noble NOOK Shop has a multitude of children's books for wee ones, beginner readers, early readers, etc. B loves to sit down with me, or his daddy, and swipe to turn the book pages as we read a story together on the device, or he loves for the device to read the story to him!
Here's my favorite section of the NOOK Shop!
I happen to be a huge Philippa Gregory fan, and B & N has an incredible collection of works by P.G. Yes, I am a nerd and really love history books, historical fiction, and biographies. I have already purchased several of these titles, but I love that I can click on the ones I don't have, or haven't read yet, and read a sample, and then decide whether or not I want to purchase the book. Once a Nook Book is purchased, it remains in your B & N personal library, forever.
I'm intrigued- shall we grab the sample? Let's do it!
Another great think about the B & N NOOK Shop, is that they have hundreds, if not thousands of titles for free! Seriously- just type 'free' into the search bar in the NOOK Shop, and hundreds of free books, and more, will come up, giving you the opportunity to download for free. These, too, remain in your personal library after being downloaded. I have read some pretty interesting things that were free downloads from the B & N NOOK Shop. If you're a fan of romantic fiction, you'll be in heaven over the number of free reads in that category!
Just search for 'free' titles in the NOOK Shop...
...and you'll get thousands of results! You'll never run out of things to read!
Also available in the NOOK Shop- apps, magazines, and more!
We love browsing the children's apps to look for educational games for B to play.
We found the Bubble Guppies- we love them!
Other wonderful features of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK...
All of your favorite apps and widgets are pre-loaded and ready to be connected to, and used right away!
We can't live without Netflix! Here, we're watching The LEGO Movie!
Hop over to the Google Chrome App for quick access to the web. Hey- I know this website!
You can browse your favorite sites, shop online, and Google search with ease!
All of your favorite Google apps are at your fingertips!
Personally, I wouldn't make it seamlessly through my day without being able to use my Google apps, like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, etc. All of those apps are available and ready for use on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. Social media is just a click away, and if you're in a hurry or stumped on something and need a quick answer, S Voice is for you! We love S Voice, and it has saved the day numerous times for our family!
Even More Great Features...
*Includes $200 FREE Content
Buy the Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK and we'll give you over $200 of bestselling books, magazines, and TV shows absolutely FREE, plus a $5 starter credit. It's the perfect way to see what NOOK has to offer.
*Reading, Meet Technology
NOOK has integrated an award-winning reading experience with leading edge technology, which means you can connect to the world when you need, and escape from it when you want.
*Tools for Everyday Life
Front- and rear-facing cameras let you take and share pictures or chat with family, while the built-in GPS enables location-based apps1 to give you helpful information when you need it most.
*Raise Your Tablet Standards
Use two apps at once with our Multi Window™ feature2, and store more movies and music when you expand the memory with a microSD card3. Why settle for less?
Make your tablet your own—even if you're sharing it. NOOK Profiles let every family member create a personalized space to keep what they love separate from those they love.
Designed with stunning resolution, it's easy to get lost in a thrilling movie or action-packed game, flip through your favorite magazine, and enjoy the latest popular apps.
*Only From NOOK
With years of bookselling experience, NOOK offers you more than just a great tablet. You'll get personalized recommendations and exclusively curated collections, plus an amazing array of interactive kids books, learning apps & more.
Visit your local Barnes & Noble for free in-person support, or select your device to get answers, register your NOOK, find warranty information & more.
Our family has so enjoyed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK! I think it's going on all of our Christmas lists!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is an incredible device, suitable for the whole family to use and enjoy! This would truly make an amazing holiday gift this season, and with $200.00 worth of free, pre-loaded content, a NOOK Shop credit, and mail in rebate, the end $179.99 price is an amazing deal! My dad and my husband have already mentioned that they'd love to receive one of these for Christmas!
Want It? Buy It!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK is available for $179.99 after a $20 instant rebate, and includes more than $200 in free content from the NOOK Store including bestselling books, popular TV shows, top magazines and more. It’s the perfect value buy for your loved ones. Head on over to Barnes & Noble to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, or to purchase yours, today. You can also purchase this device, and other accessories in store at Barnes & Noble, as well as receive NOOK support. Barnes & Noble is social, and you can connect with them through Facebook & Twitter. You can also connect directly with NOOK through Facebook & Twitter, as well.
Want It? Win It!
Thanks to our wonderful friends at Barnes & Noble, one lucky reader will win their very own Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK! This prize is valued at $179.99. Option to select color choice is NOT available. This giveaway is open to US residents, only- 18 and older. No PO Boxes. Just use the handy RC giveaway entry form below to enter for your chance to win this awesome prize!
Special thanks to our friends at Barnes & Noble/NOOK for allowing me to try out the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK, and for sponsoring this exciting giveaway for our readers!
Disclosure: Mommy's Block Party received a loaner Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK to try and experience. All thoughts and opinions shared are those of MBP Owner, Ondria Witt. Barnes and Noble and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Winner will be selected and notified by the MBP team, and MBP will ship the prize directly to the winner, who must reside in the US and complete required entry fields in order to be eligible to win. Only one entrant per household.
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