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Pandigital Novel firmware update boosts beleaguered tablet

Pandigital Novel firmware update boosts beleaguered tablet

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.

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Pandigital Novel pulled for a month-long firmware fix

Pandigital Novel pulled for a month-long firmware fix

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.

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New black Pandigital Novel hardware replacing underwhelming existing model?

New black Pandigital Novel hardware replacing underwhelming existing model?

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.

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Half-baked Pandigital Novel gets recalled [Updated]

Half-baked Pandigital Novel gets recalled [Updated]

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.

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