Barnes and Noble has announced the second and final tablet they intend on releasing in 2015, the Samsung Galaxy Tab E NOOK. This 9.6 inch model is available right now and is retailing for for $249.99.
The budget friendly Samsung Tab E Nook features a giant 9.6 capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 with 157 PPI. It has 1.5 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. It does have an SD Card, so you can enhance it up to 128 GB. The tablet is powered by a fairly respectable 1.2 GHz Qualcomm APQ 8016 Processor. If you are interested in taking selfies, you can do it with the front facing 2 MP camera or snap pictures with the rear facing 5 MP model. It is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 5000 mAh battery.
The Nook Tab E is Android KitKat, instead of lollipop. Users will be able to download apps from Google Play, the Samsung App Store or the Nook App Store. There are a series of customized Nook apps that are available when you take it out of the box for the first time. You can read digital magazines, shop and read e-books and manage your entire Nook library.
For previous NOOK customers, Barnes & Noble is offering a great limited-time promotion to help them trade up to a new NOOK by Samsung. Through November 7, customers can visit any Barnes & Noble store to trade in select NOOK devices and receive a $50 credit towards the purchase of a new NOOK by Samsung. Participation in this promotion reduces the cost of the 9.6-inch Galaxy Tab E NOOK to $199.99, the 8-inch Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK to $349.99 and the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK to a remarkably low $99.99. NOOK trade-ins may include NOOK 1st Edition, NOOK Color, NOOK Tablet, NOOK Simple Touch, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and NOOK GlowLight.
Customers can also trade in select iPad, Kindle and Samsung tablets to receive a credit of $25-$200 towards the purchase of NOOK by Samsung devices.
Should you buy this tablet? Fundamentally there is no difference between the stock version of the Galaxy Tab E from Samsung and the Nook edition. $249.99 is a fairly respectable price, but the resolution on this 9.6 model is fairly abysmal. You will likely get a solid e-book reading experience, but it might be poor to read digital magazines, newspapers or watch streaming video. I actually have no idea who this tablet is supposed to be targeting.