Pandigital's larger, 9-inch Android tablet/ereader - spotted clearing the FCC earlier this month - has shown up for sale, with QVC offering the Android slate at $213.80. Tipped at $199.99 by Pandigital itself, the slate has 2GB of onboard storage and WiFi b/g, and comes with a 4GB microSD card and a leatherette case.
Pandigital has outed another two ereaders, and this time around they've gone back to basics and stuck with epaper displays. Unlike the Pandigital Novel, which uses a color LCD display, the Pandigital Novel Personal uses a 6-inch 800 x 600 Sipix/AUO epaper touchscreen, though you still get WiFi and a browser app along with PDF and ePub document support.
Pandigital promised to address their Novel tablet's issues with some tweaked software, and it seems the time has finally come. Nate from The Digital Reader spotted a new firmware update for the Novel, and the good news is that it turns it into a reasonable Android tablet. The bad news, though, is that as an ereader it still lags behind the nook and Kindle. Touchscreen responsiveness - after a couple of hard-resets - is much improved, as is WiFi stability, but page turns in the Reader and Library apps are still too slow.
Fresh news out of Pandigital today, finally responding to the is-it-a-recall controversy of recent weeks, and who are now saying that the Novel touchscreen ereader won't be back in stores for around a month. The Digital Reader has been told by the company that they've using this opportunity to re-examine the firmware and make sure it's really ready for public consumption this time around.
Pandigital's handling of the Novel ereader-cum-tablet continues to provoke controversy, with the latest rumor being that the company plans to replace the existing white models with an alternative black version. According to The Digital Reader, multiple sources have suggested that a black 2GB version of the Novel is in the pipeline as the existing white version is recalled; the new Novel may not be solely a cosmetic change, either, since a unit with improved internal hardware has previously been spotted crossing the FCC.
After early users reported multiple problems with the ereader device, Pandigital has apparently decided to recall the Android-based Novel. Owner Nate has been in touch with Kohl's telephone support, who have confirmed that owners can send back their tablets for a full refund. Among the problems reported were patchy touchscreen responsiveness, sluggish browsing and WiFi that was reluctant to connect.
Back on May 24, the Pandigital Novel eReader was officially unveiled. The eReader has a color 7-inch LCD and generally looks really cool. It runs Android and has WiFi connectivity. The cool part about that WiFi connectivity on the device is that it not only lets users connect to the Barnes & Noble eBook store, it also lets them share titles for up to 14 days.
Pandigital may be better known on these pages for their digital photo frames, but the company have another use for a 7-inch LCD: an ereader. The Pandigital Novel eschews E Ink for a full color touchscreen LCD display, Android OS and WiFi b/g/n, the latter being used for wireless connection to Barnes & Noble's eBookstore.
That means support not only for purchasing ebooks, newspapers and magazines, but use of B&N's LendMe functionality that allows readers to share texts for up to 14 days. LendMe will work with B&N's PC/Mac ereader clients and, we're presuming, the company's own nook ereader. Meanwhile there's also multimedia support, including MP3, AAC and WAV audio, JPEG, BMP, PNG and GIF images and MPEG4 video; content can be saved to the 1GB of internal memory or to an SD or MMC memory card.
Pandigital's new 9-inch Novel tablet has cleared the FCC, complete with plenty of photos and the user manual. As with the existing, 7-inch Novel slate, the new larger version has a stylus and comes with integrated Barnes & Noble ebook store access and WiFi. There are also SD card, miniUSB and headphone ports, and a light sensor.