Pros Competent book reader.
B&N account management and book downloading could not be simpler.
E-mail client is very good
Battery life is very good - better than expected.
Decent video and music player.
OK web browser.
Good e-mail client.
Cons Periodic freezes
Can be slow to adjust from portrait to landscape
Needs a file browser to access downloaded material
Summary I got this reader for only about $120 after a coupon and rebate from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I did not need an iPad or anything close to it. I wanted an e-reader. What I got was a competent reader with some extra features that are actually pretty nice. Overall, I'm happy.Just noticed that I accidentally mentioned the e-mail client twice in the "Pros" section. Guess I really like that feature, huh?
I really like the B&N account management tool. Downloading purchased books could not be any simpler. Works great every time. I also like the e-mail client. I can e-mail PDF files to my Gmail account and plunk them directly into my bookshelf from within the e-mail itself. Nifty. You could do this with a USB cable, but e-mail over Wi-Fi is really handy.
The biggest complaint I have about the Novel is the instability of the OS. It's Android-based so you would think it would be OK, but every now and then the device locks up, requiring a reboot using a paper clip in the little hole on the top edge of the device. It does not happen a lot, but when it does, you need a paper clip or you are dead in the water. There's no way to do the battery pull trick you can do with a cell phone to reboot it. Again - it doesn't happen a lot, but it can happen. I'm not sure what triggers it, but once every 3 weeks or so I have it happen. I use the device practically every day so that's not frequent enough to make me want to toss the reader.
The other complaint I have is that there really needs to be a better device browser that allows you to manipulate downloaded files. If you download a file from a web site using the web browser, it goes into the "downloads" folder. That folder cannot be accessed unless you connect the device to your computer. That's kind of a pain. (If there's another way to do this, I haven't found it.)
I hear a lot of complaints about this device regarding speed. Yes, it is slow - but in the end it is a book reader. How fast do you need to turn those pages anyway? I don't have too many issues with performance once the device is booted up. It does take too long to boot - roughly a full minute. And - it can be slow to realize that you have reoriented it from portrait to landscape (and vice versa). It also can be slow to render web pages. But - you didn't buy an iPad did you? You spent about 1/4 of the money and got an e-reader. Don't expect it to perform like a $500 iPad.
Another complaint the Novel draws is the performance of the touch screen. I really have no issues with it. The directions tell you to use your fingernail or a stylus for the best results. I use the flat back edge of my first fingernail and find that it works great. It tooks some getting used to, but now it's second nature.
The bottom line is that I really like this little e-reader. It's a bit quirky sometimes and no one knows what you are talking about when you say you have one, but it suits me just fine.
Updated on Sep 8, 2010
Pros 1. Good Display
2. Great Value-Solid E-color e-reader for about $140!!
3. e-Reader functionality works well
4. Easy to download books from Barnes and Noble
5. e-browser and other functionality works well
6. Nice sized/clarity screen
Cons 1. Sold boot time: Seem like 1/5 to 2 minutes! Way too long!!
2. Tiny on/off switch
3. Bit heavy
4. Bit thick
Summary I just picked one of this up around Thanksgiving 2010 and compared it directly to the Color Nook and iPad for the primary purpose I will be using it for-reading books. I performs very similarly to the Color Nook, but is $100 less, so therefore has better value for the money in my opinion. The iPad offers the best funtionality and flexibility of the group, but it is limited by the lack of flash, usb port, etc. and is very heavy and cumbersome. Therfore for about 1/4th of the price I am quite happy with the Pandigital Novel. It has a clear, crisp screen, I can download books easily and turn pages as well as the Nook. Does anyone know how I can configue this so I can download and read Kindle books as well???
It's certainly not perfect, but I got it to access WI-Fi the first try out of the box and was reading a new book I downloaded seconds later. Not sure why others are panning the technology. If you want a nice color e-reader at great value, I'd recommend it.
Pros I love the photo gallery/slideshow program. Web browser and email is excellent. I now leave the laptop at home . As an E reader in FULL COLOR... the Pandigital Novel is in a class of it's own. With the SD disk storage, I'm good to go anywhere!
Cons No issues here....
Summary I am reading two books about Mickey Mantle and Sandy Koufax presently. The text is resizeable and reverseable. Wherever I go the Ereader is easy to see and picks up right where I left off. I'm a happy camper!I'm giving three of these to my sons for Christmas
Updated on Nov 11, 2010
Pros The price is hard to beat. I purchased mine in June from a local Bed Bath & Beyond for $116 after discount coupon and rebate. Without question the Novel is no iPad. HOWEVER, I didn't expect an iPad experience. With some practice it works fine.
Cons Needs more apps to become available. Some "features" simply don't make sense, e.g., sorting books by author results in a sort by FIRST NAME... excuse me?!
Summary I have a Nook and I've also used my son's iPad for several hours. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages in regard to MY needs. For example, I find the iPad too heavy for periods of extended reading and the browser on my Nook to be very awkward. I'm not claiming that everything about the Novel suits me and they still need to work on some fundamentals, including leaving the display on while plugged in to power and displaying your slides unattended. Overall though I find myself using the Novel more and the Nook less.
Pros Video, browser, wifi, ANDROID!!!! can be hacked to use as an Android tablet.
Cons a little sluggish with original SW but others say hacked model using Aldiko or Kindle SW is faster.
Summary Bed, Bath and Beyond price is $169 minus $20 rebate for full color, replaceable battery (and internal memory) and hackable to become a true tablet--Well worth the money.