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    We've got a new NOOK!

    EB613

      Well then.

       

      We've got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 NOOK! http://nook.barnesandnoble.com/u/samsung-galaxy-tab-s2-nook-8-inch-tablet/379004444

       

      Does this mean NOOK is actually gonna be...okay? Discuss.

        • 1. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
          Froide

          Many more articles on the subject, from around the Web,  are linked at All Android News

          • 2. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
            sdstoryteller

            Like the look, like the specs, but the price is scary. The 10-inch version is $150 cheaper!

            • 3. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
              EB613

              I agree. The price drives me away COMPLETELY.

              • 4. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                EB613

                I think the S2 NOOK looks fabulous, but even with my membership it's still not cheap enough. I'm wondering if BN will do a trade-in program...

                • 5. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                  EB613

                  Thanks Froide! Much appreciated!

                  • 6. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                    MacMcK1957

                    $400????  Seriously?  When the 10-inch is $250?  The main upside this one offers is 32 GB onboard instead of 16, but that really wouldn't matter if they cleaned up the ability to offload stuff to the SD card.

                     

                    I'll pass.

                    • 7. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                      laurieb52

                      I'Ve been trying to buy a regular Samsung tablet for the last year, but was unwilling to buy without at least 32 gig onboard memory,as my HD+ has 32 g memory, and is half full. Saw earlier in the week Samsung was taking preorders for this same tablet at the same price, of course, without the B&N preloads. Will definitely check it out.

                      • 8. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                        mogulman

                        The major difference is the screen resolution and memory.  I got the SGTN 10.1 using the trade in program.  I just don't see the advantage.  I like the 10.1" since I can see PDFs in landscape mode.  I really think I would have a hard time with an 8" tablet.  Movies already look amazing on the 10.1 so I don't see how it will look that much better.  I bought a 64GB SD card and have more than enough room and I still have 8GB free on the main card.  If I was going to spend that money I would rather buy an MS Surface 3 for $600.

                        • 9. Re: We've got a new NOOK!

                          They have got to be kidding with the price! There is a LOT of competition at that price point. I bought a Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition in December for $329 on a special 4 hr sale. (Not a refurb) It originally sold for $549. It has 32gig of memory & way better specs. I also have an Ipad but I like this tab a lot better. Higher DPI then the Ipad & so fast! Did not think I would use pen function much but I do. You can now get a refurb now for around the same price.  I sideload everything using Calibre Companion & use Moon+ as my ereader. So glad I have all my Nook books future proofed!

                           

                          Not too concerned about the sd card issue as I mainly use it for music & audiobooks. I still have an HD+ but really do not use it much. Was holding on to it incase BN came out with a new I-ink model & I could use as a trade. Looks like that is not going to happen. Funny but the only Nook I now use with regularity is an old Nook Simple Touch as I use it outside to read by the pool.

                          • 10. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                            Froide

                            I'Ve been trying to buy a regular Samsung tablet for the last year, but was unwilling to buy without at least 32 gig onboard memory,as my HD+ has 32 g memory, and is half full. Saw earlier in the week Samsung was taking preorders for this same tablet at the same price, of course, without the B&N preloads. Will definitely check it out.

                            Which:  BN's, or Samsung's?

                            • 11. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                              XRaiderV1

                              if I was gonna buy a new galaxy tab..it'd be the 10 inch presently available as that one I do believe can handle HD movies, and has more screen real estate.

                              • 12. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                                bobstro

                                There is no comparison between the Tab S2 and basic Tab 4 lines. The screen on the new tablet is astoundingly good, with 1.9 GHz CPU, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage and 2048x1536 (QXGA) resolution on a Super AMOLED display compared to the Tab 4 10.1's 1.2 GHz CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and 1280x800 (WXGA) LED. The AMOLED display alone is a vast improvement. A lot of people on Mobileread praised it for low-light reading. There's a perfectly good reason it costs more than the old Tab 4 10.1 predecessor. There's always the chance that this is the "small" version, with a 10 inch to follow just as with the Tab 4 line.

                                 

                                This is the premium tablet/reader that many people claimed they wanted. Now to see if they buy it. Frankly, given B&N's moves lately, I don't see why they would, but perhaps B&N is hoping that some of the demand for high-end eInk readers that Amazon and Kobo have captured will translate to tablets.

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                                • 13. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                                  mogulman

                                  I agree it has several better features but it is worth the money.  For me, it is not.  On the 10.1" the processor is plenty fast, 1280X800 is good enough, 16GB main memory and 64GB SD card is more than adequate.  I really like the larger 10.1" display.  Samsung is bringing out a 9.7" version which is around $500.  Don't know if B&N will carry it.  If I was going to spend that kind of money I would buy a Microsoft Surface 3 for $600.

                                  • 14. Re: We've got a new NOOK!
                                    AnitaInTN

                                    Yes, this is the tablet I wanted when I bought the SGT4N-7 last year.  Likely, anyway (I'm sure I will hold one to test fit my hand very soon).  I'm bumping up on the memory limits with the SGT4N-7....had to force a bunch of bloatware apps closed (well - ditch their updates) recently to let useful GoogleMaps update, sluggish performance if I keep a National Geographics magazine loaded.  If they offer a buy-back offer for the SGT4N-7 - I'm in line for this one.  The 10inch tablets are just too big for one-handed reading, for easy fit in the purse for travel, etc.  The better screen is attractive (vs. GT4 line), but the real sell is memory and SD card + I do like the "Read in Store".  (RIS being a reason to go with this one vs. the plain Samsung S2 at Best Buy, etc.)  But it is a pain to re-load the BN library on a new device regardless of whose device - BN version or just the Nook App (one book at a time....I just crossed 1600 last week.  That's a lot of clicks).  BN could fix that with a button, if they wanted to (which has driven me to Calibre Companion...and I'm not sure I'll bother loading the BN library the next time I upgrade devices).  I'll wait a bit & see.  I'm not that interested in their free content offerings (I still haven't read the free books they chose for me for the SGT4N) - let's see how much respect they give their "elder" devices in a buy-back offer.

                                     

                                    I for one am not sorry this is not an e-ink reader.  I want color (nice covers, photo-heavy magazines) and Calibre Companion, so tablet.  I've got about 200 more ebooks in my BN library to pull into Calibre, and then continued maintenance of the full BN Nook library on device will be less important.    (It has taken awhile because I edit the metadata, add my own tags & series numbers and tweak the titles in series where BN cannot for sanity's sake or any clue be consistent - this one has the series and number directly in title, the next one it's in parentheses, the previous one didn't mention the series at all in the title, etc.  Mass metadata upkeep is necessary but also boring.  I'd rather read....) I can send my full Calibre library with one big selection, click send books. Done.  Anytime I get a new device, which, incidentally, removes a huge disincentive for me to buy a new device.  (In case anyone at BN consumer sales research is paying attention.  BN really does need a "device migration plan".  No, "Trust our cloud!" is not adequate.)

                                     

                                    My NC remains on future-proofing duty/backup.  They can't have that back, and I have discovered Newpower99 (http://www.newpower99.com/default.asp), a wonderful source for batteries not intended by the OEM to be replaced by the enduser but which are actually quite easy to replace.  I saw this reference either here or on MR.  My NC battery is still ok, but my Subaru2011-specific TomTom Eclipse battery was completely poofed.  TomTom battery now replaced, and the TomTom is again fully functional.  Now to find where I'm supposed to dispose of the "Don't throw this in the trash!" old, poofy battery.  Details, details....  [For the record: my only association with the battery company is 1 replacement battery ordered, installed, and very happy customer.]  If any of you have a device with a dying battery - check them out.

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