Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK

6.3/10 AVG.
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Specs summary


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK's screen is 7 inches with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The Nook isn’t quite dead, but the uninspired Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook may be its death rattle.

- Brian Heater , Digital Trends 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is good, but suited best for those already invested in B&N content.

- Jamison Cush , TabletPCReview 

Reviews summary

Based on 12 reviews

What's good  

  • Good color reproduction and viewing angles
  • Fairly lightweight and comfortable to grip

What's bad  

  • Slow performance even when launching Nook Apps
  • Nook Apps redundant with Samsung and Android Apps
  • Poor cameras

While Barnes & Nobles might have officially left the tablet-making business, that doesn't mean they've completely given up on the market. Their partnership with Samsung has given birth to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. Even though it carries the 'Nook' descriptor, reviewers agree that the tablet is more of a Samsung effort and the Nook features and apps are relegated to the back seat.

For all intents and purposes the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook looks exactly the same as the Galaxy Tab 4. Like its twin, it comes with a faux leather texture back, rounded corners and some chrome accents. Measuring in at 7.36 x 4.25 x 0.35 inches, it is slightly smaller than competitors like the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch and also lighter at 276 grams. While not necessarily a breakthrough in the design department, experts note that the details make it look more premium than it is and the textured back offers a decent grip.

Despite its entry level pricing, the Tab 4 Nook surprised reviewers with the quality of its 7-inch, 1,280x800 resolution display. While this translates to a pixel density of 216ppi, they didn't notice any fuzziness around text when using the Nook app to read books or magazines. Sadly, the screen is a step-back from the 2012 Nook HD tablet's resolution of 1,440x900, but ultimately critics describe it as a decent enough display with good color reproduction and viewing angles.

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As a Samsung device, the Tab 4 Nook comes equipped with the standard TouchWiz interface complete with the popular multitasking mode. Barnes & Nobles has included a few unique touches to the UI: Nook Search, Nook Shop, Nook Today, Nook Highlights, Nook Settings and Nook Apps. Many reviewers found these apps to be redundant, especially Nook Apps as the device already comes pre-installed with Google Play AND Samsung Apps store. Critics often found themselves ignoring or avoiding the additional Nook apps as they didn't serve a unique purpose.

Samsung and Barnes & Nobles might market the Tab 4 Nook as a reading device, but even with this fair warning, experts were disappointed with its performance. The 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM trailed significantly behind its competitors in synthetic benchmark tests and unfortunately translated to real-world use. Engadget experienced slowdown in almost every aspect from booting up the device to switching the display mode from portrait to landscape. While they note that the device can handle basic tasks they add that the result is not always smooth and, "Another device – even a competing budget tablet – will probably feel faster."

As for the rear camera, critics warn that it's nothing to write home about. CNET states, "both create dull, grainy photos devoid of detail and with washed-out colors."

In general, reviewers have a hard time recommending the Tab 4 Nook. Laptop Mag says, "If you're locked into an existing B&N library, we recommend loading Nook's app onto an Amazon slate." Mashable adds, "With its middling features…the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook can't compete with the forward-leaning Amazon Kindle Fire or mid-size tablet-market-leading Apple iPad Mini."

Reviews (6.3/10 Avg. rating)

Computer Shopper

This tablet is a ho-hum deal for general users and only a marginal one for the B&N faithful

from Computer Shopper

If you're simply hunting for a 7-inch tablet, the path is far muddier. First, 8-inch tablets are putting severe price pressure on 7-inchers, and some makers of Android tablets are sidelining new 7-inchers altogether. Second, poor performance makes it hard to recommend the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook as a general-purpose tablet for anything beyond light tasks such as e-mail and Web browsing (and, of course, e-reading). Even with the ongoing $20 instant rebate, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is not close to the cheapest nor even the most appealing 7-inch option around. It's a good choice if the in-store assista... Full review


Great build and decent display but mediocre performance

from TabletPCReview

For $180, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a great deal for those already heavily invested in Barnes & Noble Nook content outside of just ebooks, especially if they have an aging Nook Tablet or ancient Nook Color and are looking for an upgrade. It’s worth repeating that heavy ebook readers should just stick with a traditional eReader as E ink displays are just too good for reading.

The Tab 4 Nook also edges out the Amazon Kindle Fire models. There are two 7-inch tablets in that lineup, the technically superior $230 Fire HDX and low-end $140 Fire HD. Those tablets are en... Full review

Digital Trends

Middling hardware specs with uninspired software offerings

from Digital Trends
It’s hard not to see the Galaxy Note 4 Nook as last-ditch effort from Barnes & Noble and something of an afterthought for Samsung. Between B&N’s reader-centric innovations and Samsung’s hardware prowess, this team could have designed a killer reading tablet. What we’re left with, sadly, is a middling budget tablet with an uninspired suite of reading apps. Maybe this is just the beginning of a long, fruitful partnership between the two companies, but for now, it feels like Barnes & Noble’s tablet death rattle... Full review

Just good enough

from Mashable
Barnes & Noble's new Nook won't break the bank, but it also doesn't break any new ground in features or performance. It's a good budget, mid-sized tablet... Full review

A decent option at that price point

from Gizmodo
Should I Buy It? Nope. What's the point? On its own, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 is a mid-range tablet with mediocre performance. With the addition of the Nook software, it's just plain frustrating to use... Full review
Good E-Reader

This tablet is a step in the right direction

from Good E-Reader
Good e-Reader has reviewed every single tablet Barnes and Noble has ever released, from the Nook Color to the Nook HD. This tablet is a step in the right direction. It gives you a unique e-reading experience and allows a deep level of customization. I like the fact you can opt into dealing with Barnes and Noble, but aren’t exclusively roped into it. Google Play allows you to basically downloading any 3rd party reading app, Overdrive Media Console, Amazon Kindle, Kobo or thousands of others... Full review

A Galaxy in Nook's clothing

from Cnet
If you buy this tablet, you're presumably a Nook customer or have some interest in becoming one. With that in mind, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook will be a good option for families looking for a cheap device that makes it incredibly easy to set up parental controls, and anyone who wants a budget tablet with a smattering of free goodies tossed into the mix... Full review

Good for reading, but hardly the best budget tablet

from Engadget

This should come as a shock to no one, but the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is only a good idea if you're already a loyal Barnes & Noble customer. Setting aside the fact that it comes with free content (a gimmick, if you ask me), this tablet is appealing because it offers a better reading experience than even the regular Nook for Android app. Until Barnes & Noble redesigns its standard Android application, this is the best Nook experience you're going to get, short of buying one of B&N's standalone, e-ink e-readers.

Even then, that's a stretch: It's not like the regular Nook app... Full review

PC Magazine

An average Android tablet that isn't a very good value

from PC Magazine
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is a decent entry-level device, but I don't see the market for it other than existing Barnes & Noble fans, and those already with substantial Nook libraries. Otherwise, it's a rather generic tablet that excels in no one area, and one that has even more custom software than the already bloated non-Nook version. It's even a step down in display resolution from the Nook HD, which was one of my favorite low-cost tablets... Full review
Laptop Magazine

Sub-par performance, impressive battery life

from Laptop Magazine

The nearly 11 hours of battery life on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook makes a pretty compelling reason to consider picking one up for the family. And for $179 you'll get the lightweight slate with $200 worth of Barnes & Noble content, as well as access to some fun Samsung extras such as multitasking. Sadly, the parental controls are painfully complicated and the performance is sub-par.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD and ASUS MeMO Pad 7 are $40 less and offer identical display resolution, if shorter battery life. The Google Nexus 7 is just $20 more, and offers a 1920 x 1200-pixel display an... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date August 14, 2014
Regions available USA, North America
No cellular data
SIM Card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Secondary OS No
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 0.98 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time 10 hours
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 10 hours
3G Surfing Time No
4G Surfing Time No
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
E-book Reader No
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 18.7 x 10.8 x 0.9 cm
(7.4 x 4.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 276 grams
(9.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 216 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services IM
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 3+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Effects, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Sound & Shot
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable (Google Drive, Dropbox, Google+, Hancom Viewer, Netflix)
Included Software / Apps No
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