Pandigital Novel 7" Android Tablet & eReader Review

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The Novel 7-inch Tablet features a lightweight and small form factor that makes it easy to slip into your briefcase or purse. This tablet measures 5.25 x 7.25 x 0.5 inches and weighs just 12 ounces. Its 7-inch screen supports a resolution of 600 x 800. This is a resistive touch display, so it's not quite as smooth or responsive as the capacitive touch displays we've seen on the Xoom or iPad. As is fairly typical of resistive touch display devices, the tablet also comes with a stylus for input and navigation.

A black plastic bezel surrounds the screen on the front of the device. A similar version of this tablet is also available with a white bezel. There are no buttons on the front of the tablet, though you will find a light sensor just above the display. The bezel is a tad on the flimsy side, though it serves its purpose.  The case of the Novel 7-inch Tablet is comprised of plastic, which is to be expected considering the Novel's target market and price point.


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On the left edge of the tablet near the top, you'll find the Power button. The right side of the tablet houses the miniUSB port as well as a DC jack. At the base of the right side, you'll notice the stylus. The top edge of the Novel 7-inch Tablet houses the volume rocker, SD card slot, combination Wi-Fi and low power switch, and a headset jack. The back of the Novel 7-inch Tablet contains the speaker in the upper right corner.

In the box, you'll find a User Guide, Quick Start Guide, AC Adapter, USB Cable, and a cradle. The cradle can be particularly useful for people who want to use the tablet to watch videos, reference something on tablet's screen while also working on a PC, or as a digital photo frame when the Novel 7-inch Tablet is not being used for other purposes.

     

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Viewing angles with Novel 7 are decent, though they're definitely not as good as we've seen on some other tablets. Generally, we were able to view and read the screen at a 45 degree angle to the screen. Like other tablets, the Novel 7-inch Tablet has an accelerometer that will automatically rotate the screen when you rotate the device. Here again, the accelerometer isn't quite as responsive as other high-end tablets but it gets the job done.

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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.

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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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