Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review - HotHardware
Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

Earlier this year, Pandigital announced a firmware upgrade for its 7-inch Pandigital Novel line of products that transformed the eReaders into full Android tablets. Although the Pandigital Multimedia Novel 7-inch Android tablet doesn't have the same powerful processor or specs as some of the other tablets we've reviewed recently, its low price ($199.99 MSRP, street prices as low as $140 at the time of this writing), will certainly capture the attention of users who are looking for an eReader with added functionality for an affordable price...

Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

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Not bad for those looking for a lower priced tablet. I would personally opt to save some more and purchase a more dedicated tablet. My hat goes off to Pandigital for adding functionality after release.

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We talked about this device tonight on the webcast (airing tomorrow). It's an interesting solution for those looking at eReaders but want occasional access to the web, email and a few casual Android apps.

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yep after seeing the vidcast and getting Marco input about the current pricing I can def see it as being on the coffee table as well for a knockabout reader.planer quick surf and to check emals. Sure it's not as feature packed as a ful table . but it may fit the bill for a lite use and simple tasks . The lower current pricing may be enough to sell better than expected.

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These lower powered lower priced tablets in my opinion are what is going to drive the prices down on the more expensive tablets. Apple, Toshiba, and Samsung are going to be losing market share to products like this and the Nook that now has some light Android functionality.

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I got one for my birthday, and I just love it! My honey got me a Kindle and I was not so happy with the black and white screen for reading magazines, for just a little bit more money we returned the kindle and bought the Pandigital. I am now surfing the internet downloading books which I can read with the lights off due to the backlit screen, downloading apps, downloading pictures and much more. I am sure their are better multimedia tablets on the market place, but in this ecomony a buy like this is great it does everything I wanted from an e reader and so..... much more.

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It looks OK to me,.....

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I had been using the KOBO ereader to download and read books with but grew tired of not having the advantages of a touch screen so drove back to FRYS to exchange it for the KOBO with the touch screen for $149 hich was still B&W. Fortunately for me, I saw this wonderful PANDIGITAL for the exact price but offerring hugely more benefits above only reading eBooks.

A beautiful colors screen which works very much like a Tablet. In addition, it allows me to read my NOOK with no problem, allows me to search and surf the internet, provides many, many applications that I found truly amazing. My intitial complaint with it was that it was heavy -- more than a pound which makes it too heavy to sit up in bed and hold in my hand to read my ebooks. However, after considering the trade off of weight for power, I decided to simply consider it a Tablet and use it as such.

After using it now for about a week, I am amazed at such a powerful tool for so little money. I now leave my powerful and heavy laptop on my desk when traveling and carry only the PANDIGITAL Novel..I have not found a need now to haul my laptop around any longer.

Much pleased with this exceptional device and for its purchase price.

remarquee

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So, if you can pick one up for $75 (refurbished from factory) this would be a good deal? I use my laptop for everything and have never used a tablet.

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Hi, does anyone know if you can use yahoo chat on this?

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Does anyone know if you can play games on this? My son wants something with a touch pad so he can play games, probably Angry Birds.......

Also, does the MPEG4 format translate to MP4? Wondering about movies. MP4 is what works on my little Zune (too bad they're no longer in production, I really love my Zune....)

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"@Christine, your best option is the Kindle Fire, you wont be disappointed, avoid the Pandigital Novel,  its outdated. The Kindle Fire is much faster and smooth, and you can play Angry Birds as well as access to an extended library of games and educational apps for your son. And yes, Mpeg 4 is Mp4, the Kindle Fire will also play those files." 

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/dp/B0051VVOB2

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ChristineKrueger:

Does anyone know if you can play games on this? My son wants something with a touch pad so he can play games, probably Angry Birds.......

Also, does the MPEG4 format translate to MP4? Wondering about movies. MP4 is what works on my little Zune (too bad they're no longer in production, I really love my Zune....)

Welcome to HotHardware! Be aware in the future when bumping threads like this, instead create a new thread if you want to ask us a question like this.

Anyways... The Amazon Kindle Fire is a good choice but be aware that it's a tablet lite... As in Amazon originally made an eReader and expanded it somewhat to be in color and in tablet form...

For games, your best bet would be an ASUS tablet; sure, it may be expensive but it has gaming power and can play games other then Angry Birds... Games that are in 3D I mean; you'll also be rest assured knowing that the tablet serves other functions rather then a gaming product for your son and if you teach your son those functions then you can be rest assured that your son has something for the future to write information on and well... use as a tablet

I haven't used a tablet but I have read up on them somewhat and ASUS is a good brand, plus the review for the ASUS tablet on HotHardware reccomend it highly... Again, you should probably do research first... My recommendation is the ASUS but again, up to you.

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Yes you can play MP4 videos on you Pandigital. I convert YouTube videos and movies and download them.

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this is for christine. Yes you can download apps. go to amazon.com and download the appstore. they have many to choose from incliding angry birds. also card games,etc. most are free but for some there is a charge. there are also games already installed on your pandigital. hope this helps. Having games is a life saver ..

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I hope this posts where it should - just joined and was also wondering about the games issues - we are a very low income family and I really wanted to buy something "special" for our 3 girls - recently, I won an iPad from Burnbrae Farms thru Facebook - I hardly ever get to use it!! Our youngest (who is 3) is a whiz at playing all the games they have downloaded, so... when a local discount store was selling these Pandigital Tablets for $40.00 each!! I just coudln't pass that up!! My tech-savvy brother went and picked up 3 for us - I am just now opening and chargeing the first of the 3 so my husband and I can "check it out" - I really hope that it does allow you to down load games (like the sales person said it would) I mean it's just for a 3, 6 and 11 yr olds to "kick around on" so.... (they put things like cake maker, popsicle maker, make up apps etc on my iPad)

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I bought this tablet last month. Repeated attempts to upgrade from the pandigital site failed. The Barnes and Noble books would not let me open them. I called Barnes and Noble support first. They said I needed to upgrade the tablet through Pandigital first and then it would work. I contacted Pandigital support and was told that the company has gone out of business and there was no way to upgrade it. So basically I can't read the book I bought from Barnes and Noble, which is non-refundable. Very frustrated and disappointed. I had been in contact with Barnes and Noble since December 2nd and they had no idea Pandigital had gone out of business.

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Where did you buy it from?  I'd go grab an article that shows proof the company technically went bankrupt in July but they continued selling products they most likely knew they'd no longer be able to support.  Or just take the nice approach and just say you attempted to contact the company and they were no longer in business.  Of course, this probably all depends on if you still have the receipt, or bought it from a store that won't require one.  

Check this out: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/beware-of-defunct-ereader-device-1.1050317

Obviously, you aren't the only person out there with this issue.

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Christine,

Go to amazon.com and type in androids for pandigital .2.0 or androids 2.0

you will get a list of games there are many of them.

also on the reader itself you can do it.

I downloaded many of the free games from amazon. just make sure you look only for the 2.0 games

I have all kinds of gsames.

also

freewarelovers.com has many to choose from

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Will the Android 2GB Tablet read pdf's that you scan?

I need one that reads work files made using my copier or Adobe Acrobat.

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Has anyone figured out a way to get into you tube on this tablet?

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Does anyone know why can't i type on this tablet?

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I just got one a week ago. Heck for 70 dollars I knew what I was getting. I enjoy it for what it is.

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I hate Pandigital's continued and blatant VIOLATION of the GPL v2 license for the Linux Kernel, Busybox, iptables, WPA Supplicant, and libwebcore. After over 18 months Pandigital refuses to make available the Source Code for these things as demanded by the GPL v2 license.

Either cough up the Source Code or stop using this code in violation of Copyright Laws of the USA and other countries

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having issues with it connecting to my D-Link DIR-665 WiFi....

Anyone else having wifi issues?

I have checked to make sure I have current firmware version on both tablet and my router! Both are up to date

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MDevosha - We were having problems connecting to our wifi too, until we slid the little button on top over to turn the wifi on. We kept getting an "unable to connect" error message before that. You are probably smarter than us though. :-)

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