The Nook name has long been associated with e-book readers, but the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is actually a decent business tablet at an affordable price point. The 10.1-inch Android tablet, a co-branded collaboration between electronics giant Samsung and bookseller Barnes & Noble, is marketed as a content consumption device, especially for fans of books and TV. But with a roomy display and Samsung's handy software features, it's also a solid productivity machine. Here are three features that make it good for work.
Affordable price point
For a tablet of this size, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is pretty affordable. The Android slate is available for $299, making it a decent bargain for budget-minded business users. Consider that more premium 10-inch tablets with higher-resolution displays and faster processors typically start around $500.
So what do you get for $299? The big draw of this budget-priced slate is its large 10.1-inch display, which affords a lot more screen space that the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. A large display can be a big perk for business users who want to perform screen-intensive tasks like editing a document or spreadsheet. The downside is the tablet's underwhelming 1280 x 800-pixel resolution. Compare that with the iPad Air 2, which packs a screen with more than three times as many pixels at a resolution of 2048 x 1536. That limits the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook's picture quality, as well as the amount of information it can show on screen at once.
On the bright side, Samsung has packed some handy software features into the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook. That includes Multi Window, a multitasking tool that lets you run two apps at once in a split-screen view. That makes it possible to use the calculator or perform a quick Web search while composing an email, for example. While using Multi Window you can switch out apps on the fly, and resize the windows by dragging the border between them.