I was one of the lucky few who received a loaner black Pandigital Novel weeks before the official launch. Unfortunately, it fell off my desk one day and the touchscreen layer broke. This wasn't an extreme fall, nor did the Novel land on a hard surface.
What's interesting about this accident was that the LCD came through it just fine. The only thing that broke was the middle touchscreen layer.
I've been thinking about the accident since it happened a week ago. This is the second time I've seen a tablet with a broken touch screen layer and an otherwise functional LCD screen. Both this tablet and the Gemei GM2000 are cheap tablets from China, so I've decided to hang the name "Chinese Tablet Syndrome" on it.
From what I can tell, CTS will only happen to a particular type of touchscreen. I'm not sure of the type of touchscreen, but I can tell you what to look for. One physical characteristic that these 2 tablets have in common is the way that the touchscreen "dimpled" when pressed. I bet the dimpling can be used as diagnostic tool for CTS. Any tablet that exhibits this dimpling should be avoided.