Barnes & Noble and Samsung appear to be getting along pretty well, for the two companies have now unveiled their second joint tablet: the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1. Just like the previous Nook tablet, this is a Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 with some added software tweaks that place emphasis on reading and consuming content from Barnes & Noble. The tablet is available for a launch price of $299 (following a $50 instant rebate), which puts it right in line with the price of the non-Nook version of the slate. Come November 1st, it may jump up to $349.
For people who love the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook, this is seemingly a great product. It's essentially the same device stretched out to provide an extra three inches of screen real estate. The 1280 by 800 resolution remains unchanged, as does the 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, the 1.5GB of RAM, the 3MP rear cameras, and the 1.3MP front-facing ones. For more on the specs, revisit our coverage of the original Galaxy Tab 4 line.
But even for serious Nook fans, at this price point, it's hard to recommend this thing, much more difficult than the smaller Galaxy Tab 4 Nook currently going for $169.99 (after a $30 instant rebate). Are those extra inches really worth an extra $130? The software enhancements may improve the reading experience, but so would getting something with a better screen.