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Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet eBook Reader Review

We were impressed with the Galaxy Tab: it offers a lot of power in a fairly small package.

March 09, 2011
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Device & Specs

The Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor has a color LCD touchscreen instead of its predecessor's eInk display. While this makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab easier to compare, it also means anyone who's interested in an eInk screen can skip this page of the review.

If you're still here, this match-up seems pretty cut and dry: the Samsung Galaxy Tab does just about everything the NOOKcolor does, only better, with far greater extensibility, and at the same price.

Screen

Both tablets feature 7-inch color LCD touchscreens that scored well on our picture quality tests. There's really not a huge gulf of difference between the two.

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Battery

eReader

Both devices have very similar performance as eReaders. To change pages you simply swipe across the screen. Both devices also have advanced navigation features and note-taking options.

Internet

The internet features area is really where the two devices separate. As an Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Tab supports over 30,000 apps. The NOOKcolor currently only has a handful of apps at its disposal. Aside from this one huge discrepancy between the two devices, the rest of the online feature set is largely the same, with both offering a decent web browser.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  11. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  12. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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