Review: black Pandigital Novel (US firmware)
I’m one of the first to get the black Novel and I have to say that it was a lot of fun to play with.
Before I go further I think I should explain the photographs. I know the screen looks cloudy but it really isn’t. I have the brightness turned down (I like it that way). I also shot the pictures without a flash because I wanted to show you the screen without the ginormous crack running across it.
Update: Much of this post is outdated. Rather than read this review, why don’t you go install the latest firmware update for this tablet (here)?
Last minute addition: Pandigital pushed out an update Tuesday afternoon. It was supposed to fix a couple of the minor problems (I didn’t mention them in the review), but it also made the black Novel forget the ebooks folder. I probably just need to rename it, and I’m waiting to hear back from Pandigital.
We got our first look at the black Novel a couple months ago when it cleared the FCC. Like the white Novel, it’s a basic 7″ Android tablet with a custom Home Screen and support for B&N ebookstore.
The black Novel is slightly thicker than the white one. It’s also not quite as wide or long. It has a bezel around the screen (the white novel had a screen that was flush with the facing). There are no buttons on the front.
On the lower back right corner there is a stylus. (I didn’t need it, actually. This screen is quite usable without it.) The power jack and USB port are on the upper right edge. On the top edge are the volume buttons, SD card slot, Wifi switch, and headphone jack. There is a speaker on the upper left corner of the back. The back has a matte finish (the white Novel was glossy).