I got a chance to check out Pandigital’s new 9 inch tablet the other night. The tablet is positioned as an eBook reader, but it runs Google Android and can handle third party applications. What’s interesting about this model is that it comes with free AT&T wireless access — for downloading eBooks from the Barnes & Noble digital book store. The 3G wireless won’t let you surf the web or run other internet-connected apps. Still, $279 for a tablet with even limited free 3G wireless access is interesting.

The tablet joins Pandigital’s existing 7 inch model. Aside from the larger screen and 3G modem, the two models are pretty similar. They each have 2GB of storage, an SDHC card slot, support for EPUB and PDF eBooks as well as MP3, AAC, and WAV audio files, and a mini-USB slot.

Interestingly, the 7 inch model has a higher resolution display, at 800 x 600 pixels. The 9 inch tablet has an 800 x 480 pixel screen. On the plus side, the 9 inch tablet has 802.11n WiFi, while the smaller model tops out at 802.11g. But the 9 inch model feels kind of big and heavy for an eBook reader. While the 7 inch tablet weighs about 12 ounces, while the 9 inch model weighs 20 ounces, or about 1.25 pounds.

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6 replies on “Hands-on with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch Android tablet”

  1. I have the 7″ and the 9″. The 7″ is nice, but the 9″ is much better. You can add apps without any rooting. The touch screen is better. It is faster and has a low glare monitor.

    The negative is that is feels plastic like and the screen is smudgy and hard to clean.

    Bed Bath and Beyond will price match Kohls with some convincing. I bought the last 7″ at Kohls then brought my receipt to the other store for a price match. They were not happy, but they did it.

  2. I have the 7″ model and like it a lot. It was $59 at Kohls on clearance for Christmas. I hacked the software and now its a straight Android tablet. Works well, is slow, but for the price I like it.

  3. i got a pandigital e-reader for christmas. it is a lousy product. hard to understand how such poorly designed and manufactured product can be launched in the market. slow to respond to touch, needs finger high
    finger pressure, wifi turns off. some texts, eg. adobe incorporated is misspelled. garbage

    1. hop over to slatedroid and flash the latest OpenPlatform Android firmware for it. (the process is very straight-forward) This firmware (as shown at CES) includes all of the apps currently included with the PDN as well as the Slide Market for installing additional apps. Performance is greatly improved and responsiveness of the touchscreen is improved as well.

      Quite a bargain @ $59.

    2. I love mine. It comes with a pointer for touch, no fingers or hands. It has great screen, easy to read, moves well over internet. A GREAT product. All I need now is a cover for it.

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