We’ve known for a while
now that Barnes & Noble was set to partner with Samsung to release a Nook branded version of its 7-inch Galaxy Tab 4
slate, but the company has tied things off nicely today, officially launching the tablet at an event in New York. The hardware here is familiar, but the company is branding the release as the first full-featured Android tablet optimized for readers.
It's easy to forget, but Barnes & Noble's Nook Color
was, in a sense, a "Kindle Fire" before the Kindle Fire ever was. Amazon's bookselling rival launched the first budget 7-in e-reader/tablet hybrid in late 2010, a full year before the 1st-gen Fire
hit store shelves. Well, fortunes change, Nook tablets weren't exactly smash hits and today all that's left of B&N's tablet strategy is a new partnership with Samsung.
Remember when everyone asked if the first iPad was a "Kindle killer?" Well, although tablets have certainly put the brakes on e-readers' momentum, the Kindle is still alive and kicking. Is it your best e-reader option this holiday season? Join Gizmag, as we break down several of the top e-readers you can buy today.
When you think of e-readers, what's the first brand that comes to mind? Kindle, perhaps? Well, despite hitting some hard times, Barnes & Noble's Nook
line also has its share of loyal customers. And those folks just got a pre-holiday treat, as B&N looks to take on the Kindle Paperwhite with a refreshed frontlit Nook GlowLight e-reader.
At Gizmag, we cover emerging technology. So it's natural that we'll gravitate towards the new: new devices
, new services, new breakthroughs
in science and technology. But every now and then, something that's been around for a while gets a fresh coat of paint and, in a sense, becomes new all over again. Like the Barnes & Noble Nook HD+
. Do Google Play and a huge price drop make the tablet worth picking up, approaching a year after its release? We put it through the paces to try to help you answer that.
Amazon gets a lot of credit for starting the budget tablet craze with the original Kindle Fire
. But it was actually Barnes & Noble that released the first subsidized, affordable, 7-inch slate, in the form of 2010's Nook Color
. The three generations of B&N's Nook tablets may have been limited by their software, but they also delivered solid hardware and good overall bang for your buck. So we weren't complaining today, when B&N announced that it won't be discontinuing its color Nook tablets after all.
Having dealt with all the things you are not getting for Christmas this year
, it's time to turn our attention to what Santa's elves have really been hammering away at. So from consumer favorites to clever innovations to quirky surprises, here's our selection of the top 10 things you CAN have for Christmas 2012.
Five years after the release of the first Kindle, eReaders are still going strong. Despite the threat from tablets, many customers still love e-ink screens. If you're wanting to get in on the fun, the choices can be overwhelming. Let us help – with our 2012 eReader Comparison Guide.
This holiday season, there are many budget tablets competing for your attention. Barnes & Noble is back with the Nook HD, while Google and Asus have changed the game with the excellent Nexus 7. How do the two devices compare?
We can thank Amazon and Barnes & Noble for making tablets more affordable. B&N created the cheap seven-inch tablet with 2010's Nook Color. Amazon took the concept to new levels with last year's Kindle Fire. Now the two companies are back with improved models. How does the Nook HD compare to the Kindle Fire HD? Let's take a look.