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Pandigital tries Android tablets again with e-paper Novel

updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon October 18, 2010

Pandigital Novel 2nd gen drops LCD for e-paper

Pandigital bounced back after its heavily criticized original tablet by launching a revamped Novel. It still uses Android underneath but has switched from its criticized resistive touch LCD to a Sipix-made, 600x800 e-paper touchscreen. The design gives up color but should be more responsive, significantly extend the battery life and make it much easier to view outdoors.

The six-inch slate still has many of the same features, starting with Wi-Fi to access Barnes & Noble's online bookstore and even for full web browsing. It can play music either through headphones or on its own speaker and has either 1GB or 2GB of built-in storage as well as an SDHC card slot that can add up to 32GB more. Pandigital supports both ePub and PDF for books and will transfer content from both Macs and Windows PCs.

Unusually, both capacities will cost the same official $200 when they ship later this month. Pandigital expects the price to drop to a more competitive $180 on the street.

By Electronista Staff


  1. Foe Hammer

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    You'll View Most Of Them Outdoors ...

    ... you just may have to lift the lids on some trash cans and dumpsters.

  1. iphonerulez

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    I think these type of eReaders do have a

    place at the low end of the eReader market. They may be one-trick ponies, but I wouldn't consider them useless for consumers that just want to digest simple print. Being able to put 50 or 60 books on a SDHC card seems very practical to me. You'd only need a bookshelf of a few inches to hold 20 SDHC cards as a substitute for hundreds of books. I'm only saying the concept of having simple eReaders seems practical to me.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    You have to be a reader

    You have to be a reader to get it. If you aren't an avid reader, you may be commenting on something you don't understand.

    So ask yourself, do you read 50+ novels per year?

    Those that can answer that question yes, often appreciate these types of devices.

    Here is why - they are easy on the eyes. They feature digital delivery of novels. You can carry your whole library around - you can carry a whole bookstore around.

    It's not about 'low end', right now t here is no choice at a higher end.

    The 6", 7" screens are a nice size for a reader, because they are portable, too large and it doesn't fit into the purse, or the jacket pocket of your suit.

    Black and white - well that's mostly what your novels were anyway, black and white.

    It's not quite that easy, just yet to use an iPad for novel reading. The iPad is quite heavy in your hands, after a while, because it does weigh so much more than a book. It's back lit screen also bothers some eyes - it doesn't have a "retina" display, the 10" iPad has a low DPI (dots per inch) compared to the iPhone 4. It's almost 'cheap' in comparison to the iPhone 4.

    These e-ink devices are still the premium reading experience. Apple may change it someday, I hope they do, but so far they certainly have not.

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