As I was heading to bed last night I came across a post in one of my social networking feeds about the all new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook... at once all I could think of was "could that name be any longer?"
Shortly after a few other questions ran across my mind such as: what? why? and seriously?
I couldn't quite wrap my head around why someone would want to buy such a thing when you could get an iPad or Android Tablet with better specs and simply download the Nook app or better yet have the choice of using the Kindle and Google Play Books applications as well. I have always been a fan of options.
However, when I came home from work I decided to do a little more research and realized that perhaps it wasn't as bad of an idea as I initially thought. For starters its got a pretty nice decent price point of $179.00 after a $20.00 rebate, which makes it a great Christmas gift idea. Its also already rocking Android 4.4 (KitKat) and 8GB of storage, as well as a microSD card slot to gain up to 32GB of additional storage.
Still not impressed? its okay if you aren't but in the event that you actually enjoy reading on a portable device (as I do) the biggest selling point may be the $200 worth of free content. Once you register your new Nook, Barnes & Noble will throw in a few bestselling books, magazines and TV shows to sweeten the pot free of charge.
I've also noticed that unlike Amazon's Kindle line the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook seems to leave Android looking like Android. There are some UI changes and a few overlays but they didn't get quite as carried away with it, and I like that.
In the end, its a tablet with Nook software slapped on it plus everything the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 embodies. Also keep in mind that even with the extra content its about the same price. If I weren't already in the possession of an iPad Mini and a Nexus 7 I'd definitely give it a look.