Barnes & Noble is pretty much like Amazon and up to last year, they made an amazing budget tablet for the masses, the NOOK Color tablet. It never arrived in the Malaysian market officially but you can get it from the Barnes & Noble online store at USD130 (RM416). They never released a follow up to that tablet though and it looked like they were going to end the shelf life of the tablet without a successor. Recently though Barnes & Noble started working together and it was rumoured that they were working on a tablet together to replace the NOOK Color.
The device they made together is called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK. As the name suggests it is basically just a 7-inched version of the Galaxy Tab 4. It has all the same internals with the original Samsung version; 1280 x 800 pixel 7-inches display containing a quad core processor coupled with 1.5GB of RAM to makes things snappy, 8GB of internal storage expandable via MicroSD slot, 3 MegaPixel main camera with 1.3 MegaPixel front facer, and a quoted 10 hours of battery life. So not a bad device then. What is different though is what you get with the Samsung/Barnes & Noble tablet compared to the original Samsung tablet. It is priced currently at USD200 (RM640) and you get contents worth about the same as the tablet (USD200) bundled with the tablet. You also get USD5 extra credit to make any purchase of your choice in the NOOK store from the tablet.
Interested in one? It is on sale now with USD20(RM64) worth of rebate and you can get it from Barnes & Noble website. Is it a good buy? It certainly comes with the contents to support, plus it will be one heck of an e-reader.
Sources: Barnes & Noble