Barnes & Noble has officially kicked off a new era — one in which it doesn’t manufacture its own tablets.
The struggling book outlet announced last summer that it would work with other manufacturers going forward and Samsung is first inline. The Galaxy Tab 4 Nook is the fruit of this partnership. It’s a tablet built for reading first, rather than gaming or web browsing. While the device is undeniably Samsung, the software still retains some of that Barnes & Noble flair. Anyone who has used the previous Nook tablets will immediately recognize some of the features baked in here. But it’s obvious that Sammy is the driver’s seat. Key features like multi-window mode are even included for some multi-tasking (say if you want to tweet a quote from your favorite novel) B&N is pitching it as being “the first full featured Android tablet designed for reading.” Though, the company has said the same about every other Nook tablet.
It’s an exceptionally small device for a seven-inch tablet. In fact it doesn’t appear to be that much larger than your average e-reader. The device was stashed in the inside pocket of a suit jacket during an onstage demo. (Something this editor would never dream of trying with a Nexus 7.)