11 Replies Latest reply on Dec 3, 2014 6:44 PM by bobstro

    Galaxy NOOK for $135, worth it?

    flyingtoastr

      So B&N announced today their special deals for the upcoming "Discovery Weekend", and it includes price drops on all the NOOKs. The Glowlight is down to $99, the 10 inch Galaxy NOOK is $100 off ($249) and the 7 inch is $50 off ($149). The Membership discount still applies too, so I could pick up a 7 incher for $135.

       

      I normally don't like Samsung devices. TouchWiz is an affront to any sense of aesthetics and I've never been impressed by their build quality. I would never have considered a Sammy NOOK at their normal price, or even at their "rebate" prices. But $135 is a pretty darn good deal, and my old HD+ is on its last legs (and I'd really like to go back to a smaller screen size device). So, those of you who have experience with it, talk me into or out of buying one.

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          Omnigeek

          Sorry, can't talk you out of it.  I like my Samsung phones and the prices you're quoting are pretty nice.  I think the 7-inch is the most handy size factor as well -- one of the reasons I thought Jobs was all wet when he pooh-poohed devices smaller than the iPad.  $135 for a full-featured 7-inch tablet AND the ability to go back to a physical store?  March right on down there.

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            MacMcK1957

            I'm inclined to agree with Omni.  I like mine and have taken to using it instead of my full-size iPad 2, much lighter and easier to carry.  My only complaint is that I can't download Nook content to the SD card, but that hasn't been a problem because I've offloaded everything else there, especially my music which is the real disk hog.  I still use the NST for all my basic reading, but the NGTS is nice for enhanced content (magazines and such) as well as being a great all-purpose full-function tablet.

             

            As for TouchWiz, I overrode it by installing Nova Launcher, which I much prefer.

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              Omnigeek

              I picked up the 7-inch NGTS during the "Black Friday Weekend" sale for $129 plus tax but I think I'm going to return it.  I forgot Samsung crippled this design with only 8 GB of onboard memory.  I haven't had to deal with only 8 GB onboard since the Nook Color!  I checked my HD and it's presently using over 9 GB, about half of that in apps, so I just don't think it's worth even opening the package.  $129 is a nice price but the HD still does what I need it to.

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                • Re: Galaxy NOOK for $135, worth it?
                  bobstro

                  With 8 GB of storage, you do need to watch what you install, but it's hardly unusable. I've got an 8 GB Hisense Sero Pro that's easily runs a good selection of apps, including a couple of large games and a full selection of my main apps. The Hisense doesn't even offer Samsung's move to SD capabilities.

                   

                  I'll never understand why TouchSense is even worth mention. I haven't run the stock launcher on an Android device for years. Just like the stock web browser, there are plenty of options. So long as the device runs smoothly, who cares?

                   

                  The only real shortcoming on the NGTS for a lightweight reader is B&N's dopey storage decision for ebooks and magazines. Those can easily fill up the 5 GB or so of available internal storage. Otherwise, stick in a card, and the Samsung 7 inch is a neat little tab for the money. Samsung knew what they were doing when they put out one of the first successful 7 inch series of devices, still going strong after all these years.

                   

                  Then again, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is pretty damned sexy.

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                      Froide

                      My use of multiple third-party apps which cannot be moved to the SD card and huge (and constantly growing) collection of NOOK books challenges the limits of my NOOK HD 16GB. Those contenders for the internal memory on my device, combined with the Sammie NOOK's unfathomably stingy 8GB memory, render the Sammie NOOK a non-starter for me.

                       

                      As I just posted somewhere else in this community, the NOOK Sammie's 16GB non-NOOK sister and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 are currently the only contenders in my book. [Get it? ]

                        • Re: Galaxy NOOK for $135, worth it?
                          bobstro

                          Got it. It is sad that B&N made the 8 GB more of a thing than it had to be.

                           

                          What non-movable 3rd party apps are you using?

                           

                          I would never recommend either NGTS as an upgrade for an HD/+. The NGTS 7 is a nice little tablet for somebody looking for a budget color reader that can function nicely as a general-purpose tablet when needed. If you're looking at the S series and it fits your budget, I'd definitely recommend going that way! You can never have a device that performs too well, especially if it's your primary device. That's why I donkey around a SGN 10.1!

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                              Froide

                              What non-movable 3rd party apps are you using?

                               

                              Unfortunately, many developers configure apps to work on the internal drive rather than the SDcard, even when (it seems) that's unnecessary. Here are just a few examples: most of the elending platforms, LookOut, Spotify, and TunnelBear.

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                                  bobstro

                                  Did you try looking at those apps in the Samsung's app manager? A lot do not work, but several can move at least part of the application to SD card. Of course, this doesn't affect actual content those apps download, so if those apps don't take advantage of secondary storage, you're stuck. This can be an issue even on a 32 GB device, as I've found out. It is definitely hit-or-miss, but at least this is something Samsung offers on Android 4.4 KitKat that a lot of other manufacturers don't.

                                   

                                  Meanwhile, I've read that Lollipop does away with the SD card limitations. I wonder if Samsung will update the SGT4 7? And will B&N update their devices if so? Sadly, this is yet another concern about going with the NGTS versus "bare" SGT4.

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                                  junonia-shell

                                  Bobstro wrote

                                  I would never recommend either NGTS as an upgrade for an HD/+. The NGTS 7 is a nice little tablet for somebody looking for a budget color reader that can function nicely as a general-purpose tablet when needed. If you're looking at the S series and it fits your budget, I'd definitely recommend going that way! You can never have a device that performs too well, especially if it's your primary device. That's why I donkey around a SGN 10.1!

                                   

                                  I've had my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 32gb 10.5 for 11 days now and all I got to say is wow. Coming from the HD+, it's lighting fast, beautiful screen display, I've got all my apps except for the game apps on it, plus Amazon appstore. My productivity apps were paid apps that were free apps for the day from Amazon and I could never use them on the HD+. Plus, I found that I could load a lot of them on my sd card now. I figure I'll use my HD+ as my gaming tablet.

                                  Once you figure out how to turn off the annoying notifications, use a different app launcher (ADWLauncherEX) to get rid of the annoying Samsung widget screen, you're good to go. All the Nook apps work fine, although I use Moon+ Reader Pro and Calibre Companion to manage my books all stored on my sd card.

                                  The first thing that got my attention was how fast this thing goes and doesn't bog down like my HD+ has been doing lately. Plus no lagging on my movie videos or internet videos.

                                  Much more freedom with this tablet and it will at least get upgrades in a timely manner.

                              • Re: Galaxy NOOK for $135, worth it?
                                flyingtoastr

                                bobstro wrote:

                                 

                                I'll never understand why TouchSense is even worth mention. I haven't run the stock launcher on an Android device for years. Just like the stock web browser, there are plenty of options. So long as the device runs smoothly, who cares?

                                I want devices I use to have at least a modicum of internal symmetry in their UX, and TouchWiz looks like a 5 year old vomited up the crayons they'd been munching on all over the screen. It's not so much the homescreen but the menus that bother me. The Quick Options in the notification shade are the most egrigious example I can think of, taking up nearly a third of the screen in the exact opposite (white) color from the rest of the shade (black) and ther UX in general! It's distracting. I used to be able to handle it, but after Sense 5 on my HTC and now Motorola's near stock on my Moto X it's so hard to go back to Sammyland.

                                 

                                Also, Samsung puts their back buttons on the wrong side.

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                                    bobstro

                                    I don't spend a significant amount of time in the system menus on my devices once I've configured them, so can't say that bothers me. As for the buttons, my favorite was the SG Note 10.1 with NO stupid hardware buttons. If I held my tablet "upside down" to keep the charge cable out of the way, the buttons still appeared in the right place. The newer model with the fixed buttons is annoying when using inverted. That's hardly unique to Samsung though.