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...
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...