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Re: [linux-392] android tablet at the pharmacy - 32GB with sdhc

From: Carlos R.
Sent on: Thursday, September 2, 2010 10:50 AM
Well I finally got it. I bought it from Walgreens and it came with the latest update (8/20) from pandigital's website already installed. The home screen is custom, it shows Barnes and Noble's latest and best selling books and then it has your own library. Below there is a "drawer" with all the icons for the different applications. Calendar and Contacts (doesnt sync with anything), email (I was able to configure gmail easily and it works pretty well). 2 Games Solitaire and Link-up, Photo Viewer, mp3 player, videos, B&N Shop (which just opens the browser), Weather (weather.yahoo.com), Stocks (Stocks @ yahoo), Settings, and a link to the update section in pandigital's website. Maybe it has something else I cant remember now (I don't have with me ATM).

I was able to connect to wifi without troubles, the browser seems pretty good but it doesnt have flash of curse. When you try to play Youtube videos y sendsyou to the youtube application which of curse thie tablet doesnt have. On Vimeo on the other hand when you try to play a video it downloads it in MP4 format you have to wait for the download to finish and then it will play rather well. The integrated speakers are not horrible for the size usual distortion on high volume etc. The sound out of the 3.5mm jack is not bad at all.

The reader app i very good, maybe they fixed it since the last update but I havent found any of the problems people complaint about in reviews in the internet. Flipping the pages is fast and responsive, the reader has several font sizes from small to XXLarge and it has a night reading mode tha reverses colors on everything in the book (including pictures :-S). Bookmarking is easy. It also has a way to highlight text, search a word in the included dictionary (no wifi required) and add your own notes to a word or phrase. Buying books takes you to B&N's website and the checkout is standard like you were buying something online form your PC, once you pay you can download the book and then you have to synchronize your library so it picks up the new book.

Hardware-wise it seems to be well built it doesnt look like cheap plastic. It weights a little bit more than you expect from its size, because of the massive battery. The battery door opens and you can replace the battery and also have access to a mini-SD card that comes with it (1GB). It has a round plug charger that integrates rather well with a stand, and it has a USB port. The USB port doesnt charge the device, its only for accessing the mini-SD card. Windows did ask me for an additional driver, from things I've been reading its used to access the internal memory and the OS itself, there is already a way to replace the homescreen with a more android-like one. http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2010/07/12/hacking-the-pandigital-novel-video/

I will do the hack and report back.

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Carlos


On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 12:53 PM, Rafael L. <[address removed]> wrote:
After some deliberation, I've decided to order once of these Novel readers from Kohls. I was really interested in a getting a tablet device with E-ink. However the only other E-ink device that is nearly the same price is this little 6x4 inch ereader made by sony. Even if I go blind reading pdfs on the lcd screen being able browse the web and install a few thousand apps makes up for that. ;)

The only qualm I would have with this device is the speed. In some videos I watched on youtube the Novel was slightly unresponsive and slow. It certainly doesn't have a GPU with makes alot of android apps practically useless. Nonetheless I really just plan to use this device to read pdfs, web articles and ssh/vnc into my home network.

I'm sure this device will become obsolete by the time I get it but, heck, it runs android so I'll most likely be able to update it. ;D

-R

On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 11:35 PM, Angelo <[address removed]> wrote:
Last time I looked on NotionInk's page, the devs said they were on schedule. I can only take them at their word, but it does seem like they'd better hurry. There are rumors that Motorola and Verizon will introduce an Android tablet, soon...


On Sun, Aug 22, 2010 at 11:07 PM, ecileli <[address removed]> wrote:
I too would like to hear from someone who has one and has used it. Also would like to know what ebook reader is available on the market at a good price like this Novel. I was so looking forward to the Notion Ink tablet but I am growing old waiting for it to materialize. Anyway what I want is something that will give me decent reading, video, music and web.

Thanks,

Errol






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