13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2012 2:20 AM by sisquack

    Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

      Here is my review on these 2 devices... I currently have both and they are in stock form.. The NT has 1.4.1 installed and the Galaxy 7.0 Plus has Android 3.2... I also own a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1..

       

      My use of these types of devices is reading magazine subscriptions, RSS Feeds and the LA Times.. My main usage is more geared to web browsing, email, calendar functions and general goofing off...  

       

      I will pass along some quick thoughts on the two Tablets 1st, then offer up some scores, then summarize...  

       

      The Nook Tablet:  

       

      I consider this as an e-reader with Tablet like functions.. For the $249 price tag it really can't be beat as long as you understand what it offers and does not offer..  

       

      The device itself is gorgeous and the styling makes it stand out in a crowd of slates.. My only gripe with it's style is that I would have liked the screen to sit flush and not have an overlay lip.. I can also see the "N" button wearing out over time as it's needed for many functions..  

       

      The specs on it are awesome at this price point and the screen resolution is nice and it's easily viewable from many angels.. The SD card slot is an added bonus and the microphone is another added plus at this price point.. No BT or GPS functionality is offered..  

       

      I love the fact that it does not come preloaded with bloatware.. It comes with a few basic applications and games installed along with Netflix and Hulu.. What is missing from it is a full fledged office application, a calculator, and a calendar.. How BN managed to not include these is beyond me, but they did...  

       

       

      The app store at BN is pretty thin at the moment but I did manage to find a few of the apps I used on a daily basis.. As the app store improves, so will the Nook Tablet.. Since side-loading has been eliminated the only real option for most users who do not want to root is the BN store, and at the moment it's pretty sparse in there..  

       

      Overall I love the speed, the screen, and the reading experience that the Nook Tablet offers... The Tablet functions of the NT is where it starts to fail.. As mentioned there is no calendar, calculator or full featured office suite installed. You can however purchase these apps from the BN Shop.. The email app that comes per-installed is pretty basic and really offers nothing but the ability to read email and respond.. The browser is pretty good but I don't understand why it's tied to the "N" button.. What I mean is that the browser is not viewable in your app drawer, nor can it be placed on the home screen.. Odd...  

       

      The UI of the NT is pretty nice except for a few odd instances (see browser remark above) and there is no copy and paste functionality anywhere in the OS be it browser, email, ect... I worry that my "N" button is going to wear out pretty quick as it is constantly used..  

       

      The Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus:  

       

      I consider this a Tablet with e-reader like functions.. On sale at $349 it's a awesome price.. Once it goes back up to $399 it's a little less attractive..   It's a 7" slate and looks pretty much just like every other 7" slate out there... It's lightweight, and the button placements are well done.. Viewing angels are good and the screen resolution is nice..  

       

      It comes preloaded with a fully functional office application, a calendar, a calculator, gmail, and the Android Market.. However, it also comes preloaded  and a bunch of bloatware.. It has a very nice set of specs, it's lightning fast and smooth...  

       

      The UI is nice and offers cut and paste functions along with nifty features like the multitasking windows and the quick bar.. Overall a very nice Tablet and it has BT and GPS functionality built in.. Also has an infrared red sensor and a remote control app.. If you expect a Tablet to have it, it's there...

       

      Scores:  

       

      Item Scored | Nook Tablet | Galaxy 7.0 Plus

       

      Design | 9 | 7

      Screen | 8 | 8

      Books | 10 | 9

      Magazines | 9 | 7

      Newspapers | 9 | 8

      RSS Feed Apps | 7 | 10

      Browser | 8 | 8

      Email | 4 | 9

      Office Suite | 6 | 9

      Calendar | 3 | 8

      Calculator | 4 | 9

      App Store | 6 | 9

      App Availability | 3 |10

      Netflix | 9 | 9

      Hulu | 9 | 9

      Music | 9 | 9

      Movie Rental | 0 | 8

      Widgets | 0 | 10

      OS Customizations | 2 | 9

      Fluid UI | 8 | 9

      Developer Friendly | 0 | 8

      OS Updates | 6 (because it was forced) | 8

      Bang for the buck | 10 | 8 (at $349) and a 7 at $399

      In Store Support | 10 | 0

      If mainly used as a reader | 10 | 7

      If mainly used as a Tablet | 4 | 10

      Combined use | 7 | 9  

       

      I have decided to return my Nook Tablet and keep the Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus as for me at least, it offers more features and functionality that I want in this type of device.. If it was not on sale at $349 then the choice would be harder..  

       

      If your preference is a reader 1st and having some Tablet like functions available 2nd then the Nook Tablet simply can't be beat! For this type of person the choice is easy.. The Nook Tablet hands down! At $249 it is easily the best bang for the buck! As the BN app store grows, this device will become even more of a powerhouse..  

       

      If you want more Tablet like features and the added cost does not scare you away then the Galaxy tab 7.0 Plus is a great choice... It's loaded with features, it's well made, and the UI is a pleasure to use..  

       

      Bonuses to the Nook as the browser allows you to select Desktop or Tablet versions.. The stock browser on the Galaxy Tab does not... Bonus to the Nook for the security measures of their app store (this could also hinder the speed at which apps are added however)  

       

      What could have prevented me from returning the Nook Tablet?

       

      --More apps for purchase in the store (I have no problem paying for apps)

      --A better email client that allows attatchments

      --Better calendar app (the one in the shop is horrid)

      --A way to move the browser away from being tied to the "N" button  

       

      Ask any questions you may have.. I won't be returning the NT until next week so if you want a specific item or area compared feel free to ask and I will do my best..  

       

      Remember everyone is different and these are MY opinions.. Both are very nice and well built devices... Both are keepers depending on your wants, needs, desires, and price point...

        • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

          How did you give any points at all to the NT for calculator and calendar when they are missing?  Did you load something from the store?

          • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

            Outstanding post!!!!  Thanks very much for sharing your experience with both devices.

             

            I am planning on returning my NT in order to purchase the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 with 32gb on board.  I tinkered with the tabs tonight at Best Buy and was very impressed with the Galaxy tabs.  Beautiful!!!

             

            But there is alot to be said for the NT; I love to read and it is the best ereader on the market, IMO.  And the design and feel is superb and can't be beat if it is used primarily as an ereader.

             

            Unfortunately I was hoping for more functionality and the ability to install apps I already own that sync with my Outlook and Office 2010.  I was excited about the Tablet functions described in early reviews so I raced out and got mine. 

             

            So now I will return my NT for a device that is really a Tablet with excellent ebook apps and open sources for ebooks and apps.  I really must have a strong calendar app and email so that is it.  I would like to ask anyone out there which may have a Galaxy Tab send me tips or advice....

             

            Thank you!:smileywink:

            • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
              DeanGibson

              Infra-red sensor or infra-red transmitter?  The latter is required for TV-like "remote control" functions, so I assume it's the latter.

               

              You didn't mention battery life screen viewing brightness and viewing angle.

                • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                  My apologies Dean, its the latter and comes with a control app called Peel.. It was easy to setup and had no problem finding my devices (Pioneer TV, Sony Surround, Roku ect).. It works well and has a nice TV Guide built in.. Don't think I will actuality use it so I view it more as a gimmick / novelty.. Battery life is about even, maybe the NT is slightly better at this point but most Androids take several charge cycles for the battery to settle in.. Viewing angels are simular on both in my opinion.. Maybe a slight edge to the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus when viewing video.. I rated the NT higher for Magazine subscriptions / reading because a few of my subscriptions show as not available on my device when using the Samsung Tab via the Nook app.. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does have an SD card slot for those who asked about it.. As far as it getting ICS, Samsung has already said that it will (2nd Q 2012)
                • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                  moose_tracker

                  raqball states this about the NT : "I love the fact that it does not come preloaded with bloatware.."

                   

                  If they have no apps, they have nothing to bloat about :smileylol:

                   

                  HA! HA! HA!  Get it...?? Bloat.. Gloat..  Bad..  ok..:smileysad:

                  • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                    Mark_OB1

                    raqball,

                     

                    > the screen resolution is nice and it's easily viewable from many angels. <

                     

                    You didn't say how many angels.  And do they have to sit on the head of a pin?  :smileyhappy:

                     

                    - Mark

                     

                    • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                      patgolfneb
                      Look, the galaxy is a good device, with some additional features that some value. Robo is on a roll today and covered nooks pluses. I will say this having purchased samsung phones and TVs in recent years, if you think BN has weak customer service well Samsungs is almost non existent. I had driver problems with my phone and some of the programmable features of my TV have never worked properly. Getting assistance was a joke. Returning a 50 inch TV is a last resort and they obviously know it. Have you noticed that many companies require you return it in the originnal box? If I saved the boxes for all my electronics and furniture there would be no room for me. Good luck it does sound like a good product.
                        • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

                          patgolfneb wrote:
                          Look, the galaxy is a good device, with some additional features that some value. Robo is on a roll today and covered nooks pluses. I will say this having purchased samsung phones and TVs in recent years, if you think BN has weak customer service well Samsungs is almost non existent. I had driver problems with my phone and some of the programmable features of my TV have never worked properly. Getting assistance was a joke. Returning a 50 inch TV is a last resort and they obviously know it. Have you noticed that many companies require you return it in the originnal box? If I saved the boxes for all my electronics and furniture there would be no room for me. Good luck it does sound like a good product.

                          Absolutely right.  My brother got a Samsung 50 some inch TV (I don't know the exact size I just know it's big) that just stopped working.  They had offered a free 3 months extension on warranties which he got.  The tv stopped working the day after the initial warranty expired. 

                           

                          It took extraordinary effort first to get them to understand what he was talking about-about it being broken and then about the warranty and super human effort to get them to make good on the warranty.  They didn't want to honor it and he spent several days getting them to agree finally to do so.  And then, they were demanding it be in the original box and, again, and packing.  Luckily, he tends to be a bit of a pack rat and had kept it.  Mind you he is a pretty mild person that does not complain much, and he is very tactful in his approach to people.  I will say they did actually give him one model better than what he had, which is probably why they didn't want to honor the warranty in the first place, having no one for one replacement.

                           

                          I've had some horrible CS experiences that would put others to shame-some for medical supplies where promised shipping dates were not kept and no notifications were received except ones stating items had been shipped.  Or UPS basically calling me a liar and insisting that a package they had delivered by mistake to my neighbor was sitting on my porch-again, including medical supplies.  Supervisor promised to call me and never has.  I have received horrible CS for items I have spent several hundred dollars on and others that I spend a few thousand on.

                           

                          I've had companies require me to pay additional money in order to exchange things (one for one exchanges) because at one time the items were on sale or because the prices had gone up since I got them.

                           

                          Almost every piece of electronics I have ever bought has failed fairly quickly-most within the first few days of ownership. I come to expect it and family members don't allow me to buy such things myself to avoid this.  So, I know CS.  BN's policies and the discretion most of their online CS and instore managers use is pretty good.  They make mistakes of course.  Sometimes bad ones.  But, there's much worse out there, honestly.

                           

                          I have no problem at all with people getting what they want, meaning what works for them, but be reasonable in your expectations of what companies should do when returning things and then let others enjoy their choices as well. 

                        • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                          patgolfneb
                          Robo, yes my device has gps. I belive it is possible to add turn by torn to nook color using an external receiver. The lack of bluetooth or at least having bluetooth connected to an antenna is the issue. I have not heard if the tablet has a similar chipset.
                          • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus
                            patgolfneb
                            Good point nom, so comfortable with navigaion I didn't properly separate the functions. Not to swift for a guy that owns a smart phone and 2 golf gps devices.
                              • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

                                I do know the older iphones used the cell towers as their location finder.  If you tried to navigate with it using any maps, it often showed you in a field or somewhere, not very accurate of course.

                                 

                                I thought that real GPS had been added to later versions, but could be mistaken.

                                 

                                It's funny when even DSLRs now use it for geotagging and that other phones have had gps for a long time now.

                              • Re: Nook Tablet -v- Galaxy 7.0 Plus

                                I would be very interested to see what you thought of the 2 devices back to back if the NT was rooted.