Pandigital SuperNova

Pandigital has a long record of releasing Android tablets and calling them eBook Readers to keep your expectations low.The company’s latest device made a stop at the FCC this week, and brought some photos and a user manual along for the ride. It’s called the Pandigital SuperNova, and it’s described as a Tablet eReader, so it looks like Pandigital is embracing its Android side.

The SuperNova ships with the Barnes & Noble NOOK eBook app and store preloaded. But as a general purpose Android tablet there’s nothing stopping you from installing any eReader app you like.

The tablet features an 8 inch, 600 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display and runs Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It has 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, HDMI output, a built-in mic and stereo speakers, and a mini USB port. There’s a front-facing 0.3MP camera and a rear 3MP camera. It measures 6.25″ x 8.5″ and features a 12.6  Whr battery.

It appears the tablet is powered by an ARM Cortex-A8 chip from Samsung called the S5PV210AH-80.

The user manual also suggests you can connect a keyboard, mouse or other USB peripheral to the Pandigital SuperNova — which is odd, because that’s a feature that’s built into Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but I wasn’t aware that it was available in Gingerbread. I suppose it’s possible that Pandigital developed its own software to support USB accessories.

You won’t find any information about the price or launch date, but given the specs I suspect the Pandigital SuperNova will be rather cheap for an Android tablet, but kind of expensive for an eBook reader.

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4 replies on “Pandigital SuperNova: 8 inch Android tablet and eReader”

  1. I purchased the NOVEL ereader and it had to be replaced, due to internal downloading issues, and took almost 3 months. Because of the low price, I again bought the (newest model)SUPER NOVA ereader and it, too, had to be replaced due to recharging issues. It has been 6 weeks later and when I called customer service, I was told they have no idea when I will be receiving the replacement. They claim to have no ereaders in stock. ???
    Customer Service apparently does not concern itself with the customer’s inconvenience. They are the worst because each problem was due to a product defect. NO, I won’t ever purchase a Pandigital product again, regardless of the low price.
    * Their products are faulty
    * Their customer service “stinks”
    I am angry and frustrated as I sit and wait, maybe, until summer before I get my replacement ereader.

  2. The Pandigital Planet (Android 2.1) can use a keyboard, so you obviously don’t need Honeycomb for that.

  3. You know there’s apparently this Android tablet called Wintec Filemate which got great reviews on Amazon (well, from two people), yet there’s no news whatsoever on it that I can find.

    1. I have one and I love it.  My husband did extensive research and this does everything I need.  I was just looking for a reader but this is soooo much more. 

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