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Pandigital Novel 7" review

3.8/10 AVG.

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The Pandigital Novel 7" currently has an Informr score of 3.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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What the Critics Are Saying...

Laptop Mag

Whether or not you fall on this side of the LCD vs. e-Ink eReader display debate, the Pandigital Novel is not the best exemplar of the former category. The device has some potential, and perhaps upgrades to the firmware and software can improve some of the frustrating flaws we encountered--after all...

- K.T. Bradford, Laptop Mag
PC Magazine

Like the Entourage Edge, the Pandigital Novel reminds me of an earlier era, back when vendors were experimenting with handheld computers and trying out different kinds of interfaces. Usability problems like this would have been an issue, but not a dealbreaker, in the 1990s, since the Novel does so m...

- Jamie Lendino, PC Magazine

As we stated at the start, we actually can't believe that Novel has made its way onto so many shelves across the country -- just Googling the product name shows that it's being sold at tons of popular retailers. The poor touchscreen, sluggish processor and sometimes confusing interface cripple the d...

- Joanna Stern, Engadget

While in theory I like the idea of having a tablet that does more, with such multipurpose functionality, in practice I found using the Novel tiresome enough that these experiences are better left to a smartphone handset than to this larger screen device. The photo viewer was especially frustrating--...

- Melissa J. Perenson, PCWorld

After playing around with the Novel for a few days, we felt better about it than when we first started using it. There's some potential here and the size really makes a lot of sense. But it's hard to recommend the device because despite its good feature set, it doesn't really excel at anything and u...

- David Carnoy , CNET

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Screen Size

The Pandigital Novel 7"'s screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 800 pixels resolution.

533 MHz

There is a Samsung ARM 11 533 MHz processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on the Android 1.5 operating system (OS).

2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, SD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The e-reader is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Battery life is rated for up to 4 hours Wi-Fi surfing according to Pandigital's.

Novel 7" Specs

Release date June 6, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System Android 1.5

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Processor Samsung ARM 11 533 MHz
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM 128 MB
ROM Unknown
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Data Cable, Stylus
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 7.2 x 5.2 cm (2.8 x 2 in)
Weight 340 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution 600 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info SD
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MP3, WAV
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats MPEG-4
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Vibration Alert No
Additional comments

Available in 2 models. Distinction is between the bundled Android e-reading application. Barnes & Noble for the US model and Kobo for its Canadian counterpart.

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