Summary: The feature set of the affordable Pandigital Novel looks good on paper, but this color e-book reader and multimedia device is hobbled by its extremely slow performance and unresponsive touch screen.
Pros: E-book reader with color touch screen; built-in Wi-Fi; access to Barnes & Noble eBook store; SD expansion slot for additional memory; Web browser and e-mail capabilities; displays images and some video formats; support for audio and MP3 playback.
Cons: Resistive touch-screen is problematic; extremely sluggish performance; interface could be more intuitive; overall user experience could be better.
Summary: Whether or not you fall on this side of the LCD vs. e-Ink eReader display debate, the Pandigital Novel is not the best exemplar of the former category. The device has some potential, and perhaps upgrades to the firmware and software can improve some of the frustrating flaws we encountered--after all, that's what Barnes & Noble did with the Nook . Until then, consumers will be better off with the Kindle, Nook, or iPad.
Summary: If the Pandigital Novel were priced lower, maybe I'd be forgiving of its numerous faults. For those that need a portable device and who don't have a smartphone, I can see where this might have appeal at first blush. It's a first, positive step into the tablet universe, but it needs to be lighter, with a far better screen and a more responsive touch interface to truly be a contender.
Excerpt: There was a lot of talk about this unit from Pandigital (maker of Digital Photo Frames and film scanners) around June when they were removed off the shelves of Kohl’s for poor/slow performance. They came back with newer firmware and much quicker response in July at Bed Bath & Beyond Stores along with Walgreens and JCPenny’s. But is this a worthy contender in the burgeoning e-reader market? Not really. Yet.
Pros: Hardware: Simple! Only 2 buttons and a power slider., Software: Use your Barnes & Nobles account to access free books and samples from B&N online directly, Pretty good EPUB & PDF Reader
Cons: Hardware: Limited buttons means less compatibility for Android applications. (though not impossible), Software: Crude Built-in Organizer apps, Not currently able to access the Google Android Market for different readers/apps
Excerpt: La Pandigital è una casa produttrice, famosa per le sue cornici digitali e da oggi produttrice anche di ebook reader . Il dispositivo si chiama Novel ed e simile all’ iPad di Apple . E dotato di uno schermo LCD da 7″ con tecnologia TFT, con una risoluzione di 800×600. Il Pandigital Novel ha come sistema operativo Android, che gira su di un processore ARM 11 Mobile , la memoria e di 1 GB ma si puo espandere fino a 32 GB con schede SD o MMC, la connessione wi-fi e il...