First look at Pandigital’s 9″ Android tablet (video)
The video is at the end.
First let me pin down some technical details. The product page says it has a 9″ (800×480) screen, and just based on my eyeball estimation I’d say that’s probably correct. According to the settings menu, this tablet is running Eclair (Android v2.0). (I confirmed this with the Slideme app store app.) It has Wifi, accelerometer, 2GB Flash, a SD card slot, a speaker, and a stylus. The power and volume buttons are on the right side, and the card slot and USB port is on top.
It shipped with a 4GB SD card and a case. I’m glad that they included a case, but I do wish it didn’t stink so much. You can tell it’s made from cheap plastic. But on the upside you can get at the card slot and all the ports without removing the case, and the case does have a kickstand for landscape mode.
The touchscreen works well, and so do the 4 buttons. The screen resolution might seem low (just over 100 ppi), but I’m not bothered. I do think higher would be better, but I’m happy with this screen. And I like the general shape of the tablet. It has about the same dimensions as one of the larger hardback books.
This tablet reminded me why I liked 9″ screens over 7″ screens. It’s just so much bigger that you can see more at one time. With that in mind, I’m not sure that the 9″ Novel will be better at web browsing. The 7″ Novel as an extra 120 pixels in width, and while that’s only a 25% increase it makes a significant difference.
Here’s the 9″ Novel with the 7″ Novel.This should give you a pretty good idea how big it is.
This tablet ships with the same reading app as the other Novel tablets, unfortunately. I’ve never liked it, but since I can install other reading apps I don’t care. It didn’t ship with an app store, so the first thing I did was install SlideMe. I don’t have much in the way of apps yet, but I did install Aldiko without any problems. I also just got the Kindle app working (it couldn’t find my Wifi before).
Aldiko and Kindle app are both just running just fine.
Check out the picture below to see the apps that ship with the tablet.
Video and Audio
I haven’t done much yet, but I did run the sample video that Pandigital included. It was shot at 640×480 (30fps), and the tablet appears to be dropping about a third of the frames. I wasn’t expecting it to be a PMP, but I’m still a little disappointed.