this mother's helper

06 November 2014

I've been hemming and hawing and pathetically agonizing over getting a tablet for longer than one should hem, haw, or agonize over any sort of screen purchase. Me and decisive go way back. So when Samsung offered to send their new Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK to the Camp I hesitated because I didn't want to be a super selfish tablet b (we don't need another screen, by any means) but since they offered to give one away to one of you fine readers ... I couldn't resist. {scroll to get straight to the giveaway and skip photos and rambles}


Theo couldn't either. Approximate size of smart phones these days, right?

I think he's seen me talk on the phone twice in his whole life {why talk when you can be super social and text?} but I guess those blips made quite the impression.

We've had a regular NOOK for quite some time and I'm a huge fan but Simon has a sneaky little habit of starting (and finishing) books that I'm already reading so having two (I claimed the fancier one, selfless spouse of the millennium) is nice because we don't have to perfect the art of sharing anymore.

And if I'm being brutally honest I have to admit that a tragic and recent death in the family by the name of Julia's Nap (RIP, I miss you every day) has cut into my blogging time significantly (quit blogging, Grace! I know! One day, I promise!) and she is happy to have the Galaxy Tab 4 read to her while I Dear Blog it and the other kids sleep in the afternoons.


We are still exploring different kid-friendly apps but if anyone tells her that you can watch kid shows on the NOOK ... consider yourself dead.


Not kidding.

She may or may not be under the impression that it can play and only play Mom's special adult show .... the ever exotic Gilmore Girls. That has come in extra handy because Simon has been needing the computer at night for work stuff and I like to pop into Stars Hollow in an effort to sharpen my intellect and culture myself a bit.


the one where Richard Gilmore is a shadester and arranges an interview for Rory at Yale and Lorelai is like, "on no you DID NOT." warm fuzzies abound.

You don't need one but you can want one and one of you will win one. Entering the giveaway is easier than pie. Just visit the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 page and leave a blog comment back here with your favorite feature and make sure your email address is included and bad-a-boom, you're done.

Thanks in advance! Happy clicking!

giveaway closed - congratulations to Jenn Anne for winning :)

407 comments:

  1. i love all the kid friendly apps available. as a speech therapist, there are a million fun ways i could incorporate something like this into therapy!

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  2. I like the multi-window feature so I can multi-task (aka play sudoku) while reading my book. :)

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  3. I love that you can read books on it since its back lit!

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  4. I like how you can make personalized profiles, so my kids can have access to only the kiddo stuff, especially for a certain 4 year old who is givig up naps in our home too . :)

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  5. This is great! My little one and I would love all the kid-friendly features!

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  6. This seems like it is the perfect size for a tablet!

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  7. I like that it has an expandable memory!

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  8. The multi-window feature sounds great for studying (and having a little distraction in the background!)

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  9. I love that you can make personalized profiles! That is a huge selling point for me!

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  10. Favorite Feature - skype ... seems simple but my chromebook can't AND my phone screen is too small!

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  11. i'm just imaging having multiple kid books on it to distract my wild toddler while we sit on a plane for four hours
    the pretty screen is much more likely to hold his attention than the black and white screen I currently have to offer him

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  12. I love the personalized profiles! I have a feeling my little guy will want to play with it once he is a bit older :). Thecoopernarrative@gmail.com

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  13. Book reading! Backlit! Personal profiles! Tv!

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  14. Multi-window feature! Listen to mindless shows while playing mindless games----heaven!

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  15. A backlit Nook would be awesome! The size looks great for my 4 year old's hands...and mine.

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  16. Kids books, movies & TV shows - yes those are great features on a small tablet!

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  17. The multi-window feature sounds pretty great ! I do this all the time on my computer and love it !

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  18. Let's get real. I just need a portable tv device for the monsters (children...children).

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  19. I love the 7 inch screen! Seems like the perfect size. Thanks Grace & Samsung! :)

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  20. Anything that would keep toddlers occupied during times of waiting, doctor appointments, etc. like games, camera, we would love!

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  21. I've always been really torn about that episode. I get where Richard was coming from. He should have told Rory, she would have been all about it. Yes, these are the thoughts I spend so much time on. And maybe that's why I didn't go to Yale.

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  22. The screen size is just right!

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  23. I think the multi-window feature sounds awesome!

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  24. I really like how you can make personalized profiles for each family member!

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  25. I am a 32 year old in an 89 year old mindset, so we don't have any screens in our house, other than this here laptop. I would like to become as hip as my 62 year old parents and have at least one other screen in the house so that I could actually read a book or two every now and then without having one of my six kiddos lose my bookmark (constantly!) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Also, because I have no idea if my e-mail is linked to my profile (again, 89 years young), it is vdesomber@yahoo.com

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  26. That screen.... perfect for reading camp patton archives during insomnia attacks!

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  27. I love that it comes with $200 worth of content already loaded. Now, the chances of all those books being ones I actually like is slim, but still...free books!

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  28. I love that it has as camera!! (taylor.leigh.norton@gmail.com)

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  29. First off...DON'T EVER QUIT BLOGGING....just sayin! Second, love the screen, backlit, multi-window feature, TV...OMG, TV...I need that in my life!

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  30. Personalized profiles for multiple users? What!?! I can imagine my husbands favorite feature woud be that I no longer steal his tablet...

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  31. I love that it is backlit. I currently have a super old fashioned tablet for reading that isn't, and it would be amazing to be able to read at night in bed.

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  32. I like the parental controls.

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  33. The size! How convenient (and completely adorable on Theo).

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  34. I like that you can have two apps open at the same time!

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  35. The size, convenience and the fact that you can personalize it for each person who uses it. Wonderfully exciting options :) Pick me!! Whitney - polkadottyplace@hotmail.com

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  36. Tossing it up between the user profiles - perfect for the boyfriend who constantly "borrows" my things for "work," and the backlight for continuing to read after said boyfriend falls to sleep 0.3 seconds after hitting the pillow...

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  37. Personal profiles and the fact that it's back lit!!

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  38. I love the light and glareless screen! want one!

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  39. I love that you can add memory! We are working off a generation one ipad that is MAXED OUT.

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  40. Honestly, I love so much about it! I think my favorite feature is the personalized NOOK profiles! (petelaramurphy@gmail.com)

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  41. Love the personalization between users. As a one screen family, this would cut down on having to sign in and out of things between each member. Also the convenience! I'm forever a lover of old-fashioned books, but I can see myself using this when I travel to avoid carting around my usual 4 or 5 novels!

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  42. Love the multi window feature!-samantha_bergsrud@hotmail.com

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  43. Keep on doing your blogging thing, you're too great! I love the size and the fact that it is run on an Android system, the best. carri.dyer@gmail.com

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  44. I love the light for reading in the dark!

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  45. I like the camera and kids apps.

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  46. oooh this is awesome - loving the backlit feature and kid-friendly skype!

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  47. I love that you can watch Netflix on it as my computer recently died and I'm at the mercy of my husband.

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  48. The multiwindow feature looks awesome!
    courtneyheyrend@hotmail.com

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  49. I love that it's good for reading books :) elvispup@gmail.com

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  50. I am decidedly not techy, but the multi window feature looks super helpful!

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  51. i love pretty much all things samsung! my first and second cell phones were samsung and it was love at first use. my third was not (big mistake...) my 4th was an iphone... not a big mistake, but there was no love lost when i decided to jump the apple ship and swim over to samsung on their waterproof galaxy. (: anyway, for this specific product... i love the different profiles you can set up. yay for samsung.

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  52. Everyone sharing the family NOOK has a sign-in all their own means I might not have to deal with all the damn downloaded games. edugosh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. I love the size and am hoping that the reader is easy on the eyes! Thanks for this opportunity to win!

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  54. Would be great for reading books! For me and the kiddos :)

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  55. I love the built in wifi, the screen for reading and the multi window feature is fabulous.

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  56. I'm quite certain we need one of these, even if it only gets used for travel (which I'm certain that would not be the case). I'm thinking it could hold several hours of Curious George and help keep the in-flight meltdowns to a minimum. I love that you can read books on it too.

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  57. the personalized profiles would be amazing!

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  58. What's not to like? We don't have a tablet of any kind , so I would love ALL of the features because they would all be new to me.

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  59. Expandable memory and backlit!!

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  60. I love the "reading light" feature. My husband gets furious with the lamp on in bed.
    suzi_q_8@hotmail.com

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  61. I love the apps for kiddos and the backlight! I can even use it for Grad school😘

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  62. Um, tv shows in bed? So lazy, but so great!

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  63. Forgot to leave my email! Ashleysneddon225@gmail.com

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  64. I love the size! Perfect for a stay at home mom.

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  65. love that you can read books on it!

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  66. I LOVE that it's small enough to "pass" as a phone- I might get mine back at dinner when we're waiting for the food to show up (when I'm usually eating to put what I ordered into myfitnesspal before I forget 😃

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  67. perfect for reading at night! maren.addy@hotmail.com

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  68. Don't you quit blogging... nap or no nap. (It helps–if you can make it work, idk your bedroom-sharing situation–if you can still make her have enforced quiet time. Grace has to stay in her room for an hour and a half or so, although I'm not sure what will happen when Soph moves in with her to make room for bebe.

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  69. Totally vain and silly, but I love that it comes in white! :)

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  70. DO NOT STOP BLOGGING. I will fly to SL (or wherever) and force your fingers to the keys. Some of us neeeed you.

    I love reading ebooks but reading them on my ancient iPhone 4 is kind of painful. I'd love a bigger screen and a faster back end!

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  71. I love the size and the multi-window feature!

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  72. Love it! I would totally use it for reading and watching, and maybe both at the same time with the two app feature!! Want it!!

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  73. The 7 inch screen is the perfect size!!!

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  74. I like that you can have separate accounts! Super nice for sharing though I probably never would haha

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  75. Perfect size & cool blacklist feature
    Saamcnutt@yahoo.com

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  76. oh! Death of the Nap is brutal. I love the backlight feature and the multiple windows. We need this for road trips. need. Alisha.westby@yahoo.com

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  77. The books and how kid-friendly it is!!

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  78. I think the screen is just right. Not ginormous or teeny. And if you ever admit openly to being "A Jess" I will seriously reconsider if I can think you're great. I have friends who like him best but we were silly teenagers watching. As a at least semi-rational adult I trust you to come to the correct conclusion.

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  79. I love the the individual profiles and the parental controls!

    mklump88@gmail.com

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  80. I love the size and all the kid friendly apps!

    Samuel.janelle@gmail.com

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  81. I love the combo of Nook reader tech with Tablet tech!

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  82. Perfect size! And backlit! and book lending!!

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  84. I love that you can read books with the back lighting...reading on a regular screen kills my eyes.

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  85. I love the memory size which will hold plenty of books and apps and fun, and the camera - front and back facing is a great option, and makes it so versatile!
    Stephanie_maren@hotmail.com

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  86. I love the size. Please pick me :)

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  87. Please do not stop blogging! I look forward to ending my busy, busy days on a laugh, and your writing is brilliant! I sometimes feel as though nothing is "mine" anymore...so, selfishly, my favorite feature is the personalized profiles. To stop having things mysteriously disappear or three chapters skipped because someone else has more time to read than I do...what a dream! And, wait! A two-app feature - holy crow!
    walttzinggoat@gmail.com

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  88. Love that you can read books on it!

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  89. I love the size and the front and back camera. Please keep up the blogging--I check for new posts every day. :)

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  90. Don't ever stop blogging. I look forward to each of your posts! I have been thinking about getting a tablet to help my kids not fight over our one laptop. The older kids do school work and the younger ones could really use to, well, help keep me sane. And maybe learn something educational. I like the multiple profiles and the versatility of apps, books, shows. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  91. I love the multi window option.
    Also love reading your posts..such a fun family :-)
    lemilarch@gmail.com

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  92. A built-in GPS - Yes, please! :) cathabern@yahoo.com

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  93. Book borrowing sounds interesting - and the kids would love the books and apps (because , let's not kid ourselves, the kids always get the nifty new technology quicker than their parents. )

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  94. Love that I can watch my favorite shows on this, any time- anywhere.

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  95. I love that it comes with free reads! healingsolesnm@gmail.com

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  96. Love reading your blog, so funny! Thanks for this great giveaway. I love the Samsung Galaxy 4's ability to create multiple profiles--great for a family. Also the size is great for browsing, video watching, and reading. rsmithdagli(at)gmail.com

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  97. I'm allllll about the book reading feature. I'm weird about the texture of book pages (gag) so I would love being able to read on a tablet. LauraHolker@gmail.com

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  98. Love the dual screen feature! I've never seen a tablet that can do that.
    erinkathrynstewart@gmail.com

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  99. Love the personal profiles for each family member!

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  100. oh my! i never win anything but why not try...dont buy lottery tickets either! but i LOVE to read

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  101. You always have the best giveaways! My fav feature is pretty simple - that you can read books on it! I'm constantly lugging around too many paper books and would love to have them all on an tablet.

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  102. Perfect size, love the book reading feature, and all the kids' apps!!! {loudawl@yahoo.com}

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  103. I like the profiles for family members. becky.goerend at gmail.com

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  104. This may not be a feature but I love the price. Very affordable to have all that at your fingertips.

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  105. Umm so many! Top 3 favorite features: multiple windows (I'm a multitasker!), parental controls (definitely needed for toddlers), and the personal profiles!

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  106. I would definitely be a boring lady and use it for reading! I have an old Kindle which is now like ancient technology and it'd be nice to have a lighter one to read while breastfeeding after I have my baby!

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  108. I love that it is a Nook. My Nook broke and I really miss it.

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  109. The personalized profiles! We need that around here with all the different people getting into each other's stuff.
    Nataliejbean at gmail

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  110. Oooh I love that it comes pre-filled with content, so you can start using it right away!!!

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  111. As a graduate student, I really like that it supports the Microsoft suit. It would make viewing power points in class easier. Also would make carrying books easier as well.
    kris10grammas at gmail dot com

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  112. Grace, you seriously have the best giveaways! Much respect. And my fave feature? Definitely the Multi Window because handling banking and organizing my to do list while I Netflix binge is the way I live with myself. Email is vitacarminis at gmail.com.

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  113. My vote is for easy reading....on something more functional than the old kindle I'm currently using!

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  114. The free starter pack - awesome!

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  115. I just like that you can read books. I've been wanting an ereader for ages. Great giveaway!

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  116. Hey Grace!!! Great review on this tablet. I've been looking for a tablet to give my husband for Christmas. When we move next month his commute will be one hour and forty minutes each way! :-( I love the size of the tablet for his bus commute. Easy to throw in the pocket and go! Jlgruber23 at yahoo!! Thanks!

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  117. Hey Grace!!! Great review on this tablet. I've been looking for a tablet to give my husband for Christmas. When we move next month his commute will be one hour and forty minutes each way! :-( I love the size of the tablet for his bus commute. Easy to throw in the pocket and go! Jlgruber23 at yahoo!! Thanks!

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  119. Ooh, parental controls! jevanna(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  120. The multi window capabilities is definitely my favorite part. We've got a road trip coming up and this would be so nice to have!!

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  121. Kid friendly features and books! Allison.lundstrom@gmail.com

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  122. Would love this for the kid friendly apps. My son is just teaching the age where he might benefit/sit in one place long enough to use an app!

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  123. This was a great review! I love that you can watch shows (I'm a huge Gilmore Girls fan too)!!

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  124. All things nook and reading related! I think the expandable memory would come in very handy too! Thanks for doing the giveaway! Lauramichelecroft@gmail.com

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  125. Love that it will read stories to my kiddos - great alternative to movies during car rides :)

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  126. i love that you can do book lending/borrowing. i am big on getting my books from the library rather than buying them since you never know what you're going to get but with ereaders there's less library options. So the book lending is a great alternative.

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  127. The size and Google Play ftw! erin.edmond at gmail.com

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  128. Different profiles to keep everyone's reading stuff separate. Sunriseview88atgmail.com

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  129. I love that it will read stories to the kiddies. Awesome!

    Jordofordo at yahoo dot com

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  130. I love that you can set up separate profiles.

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  131. LOVE the idea of all the kids stuff... kid apps, and interactive books :) carlinielson {at} gmail {dot} com
    p.s. don't stop blogging... k? thanks ;) ;)

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  132. So I don't have a smart phone, a tablet, a kindle/nook... so basically I have no technology at all. So my favorite feature is that it's something smarter than my not-smart phone! But really, I would just love the camera and book reading capabilities! :) So please pick me as the winner, please and thank you :)

    Email - spiritualworkoutblog@gmail.com

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  133. Separate profiles for each family member! That's perfect.

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  134. I love the size. Well actually, anything about it is to love.

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  135. All the apps and multi tasking! I have a samsung phone so I am already familiar with the system!

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  137. Kid friendly size for my 2 and 3 year olds!

    email: Cassidysmithson@gmail.com

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  138. Love that you can personalize profiles - we would definitely have multiple users!!!

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  139. I love the Multi-Window capability. Thanks for doing such a fabulous giveaway!
    sheilathabet@gmail.com

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  140. I love how small it is, and kid friendly it is, and also that you can have multiple windows open! NEVER quit blogging idk what I would do haha no but seriously I don't know how you do it with 4 kids, I barely blog with two!
    amybgott@gmail.com

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  141. reading + camera (video too!) + watching = one stop shop! but really, the profiles. we don't have a tablet, and i can promise this would be loved by one and all. what a fun giveaway! thanks for the chance!! analise dot hess at gmail dot com

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  142. I love the size and that you can set up separate profiles!

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  143. I love the NOOK part of it and especially NOOK's children's books.

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  144. The different profile for each person is genius!

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  145. Ahhh… this will be our first tablet! I like the idea of movies AND books!! Woohoo! Now. If only it made coffee….

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  146. I think I would like it ALL, b/c we've never owned a tablet in our family! (I KNOW!) But I like the multi-window feature a lot b/c hello multi-tasking/procrastinating. Thanks for the giveaway Grace!

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  147. the size is perfect & expandable memory is a plus!!

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  148. I love interactive kids apps and books.

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  149. What a great giveaway!!! I would like personal
    Profiles for each family member.

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  150. I like that there are personal profiles for family members. Also I had no idea they had cameras and GPS- good to know!

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  151. I love either the parental controls or the personal profiles - whichever best ensures the 2 year old can only watch what I put on, and not got swimming around the interweb.

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  152. Multi tab! Love my ipad, but hate that limitation.

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  153. I love the multi window feature! I always have a million tabs open on my phone and would love to see two at once!

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  154. This is truly great-I hadn't actually paid attention at all to nook technology recently. I love to read--paper books and e-books on my laptop with a "reader." I love that there is a range of content-- kids books, comics, adult books, etc.! That would make it a great family device. Plus, I think the parental controls are important. This is far off from our budget right now, but I'd love to win!

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  155. This phrase: cross country plane trip... come to me, Nook. The personal profiles would be super convenient.

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  156. I have an older version...the camera/video is terrible... hope the new one is better! The size is great. About the same as a paperback book, easy to handle.
    I saw a lot of people leaving their email in the comment. I hope I'm not supposed to do that! I don't like putting my email out there for the world to grab!

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  157. What's not to love about it!

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  158. Our five (!) kids would love this. Ok, so would I. And so would my husband. I love that it has all the same functions as my samsung s5. It would be super easy to use.

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  159. Multiple-window feature!! ...and all the fancy perks that come with a tablet (bigger screen for Skyping, accessible for travel, etc).

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  160. i would love a lightweighted, portable library! what a great givaway!

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  162. Parental controls and multi window feature!

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  163. Love the multi window feature and that I could have different access for my little nuggets!

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  164. Love that it is back lit and the multiple windows - great!

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  165. Love that it's backlit for reading and a great size!

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  166. love the size of it: so handy but not super big! [christinaellen(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  167. Love the dual screen feature and that it is backlit for reading.
    hong@triwest.net

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  168. I'm reading The Count of Monte Cristo (seriously 5 lb of book!), and would love to be able to just toss a tablet in my bag and go! I'd probably get a lot more reading in too =)

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  169. Personalized profiles, GPS, the size, backlit… love, love, love.

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  170. I love that it's back lit, finally a tablet on which you can actually read because it's back lit. Also having the option on dual screen is great. The size is really great as well! Thanks for the giveaway Grace.

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  171. love that there are profiles for each family member!

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  172. I love the kid friendliness and that it is back lit!! Win win

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  173. My hubby and I share a reader now too so this would be handy. But the multi window capabilities and the different profiles would be really nice too

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  174. LOVE the size and the muitl-user profiles is great too. I would love to gift this to my mom as a Christmas surprise.

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  175. Love everything about it since it's 100 times more fabulous than my 1st generation Nook. Most especially it's backlit! Thanks for the chance!

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  176. I love the size & backlit! Perfect f reAding in bed!
    Mdubos12@gmail.com

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  177. I had an original black and white Kindle. The screen shattered 2 times and there was only books on it-believe it or not! I like the Nook because it is a tablet and not just a reader. Plus the picture is SO CLEAR!

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