Pandigital has released a number of tablets billed as e-readers and they enjoy strong sales. However, many reports indicate that most people have a rather lackluster experience with them. We did enjoy to a small degree the new Pandigital 9 inch novel a few months ago and it looks like Pandigital is at it again! They have developed a new 7 inch model that will replace their existing line, which was fraught with perils.
The Pandigital Planet e-reader is a 7 inch e-reader with a resistive touchscreen display and a resolution of 600 by 800 pixels. The unit will be running on a more recent version of Google Android 2.2. Internal memory is relegated to 2 GB but you can enhance it via MicroSD up to 32 GB. One of the most exciting features of this new e-reader by Pandigital is that it is the first model with cameras. It will feature a 0.3 MP front facing webcam for video chatting and a rear facing 1.3 MP webcam. You will be able to shoot both video and take pictures, so Pandigital customers can leap into the modern era of tablets for a change! It will also have a Mini HDMI port in order to stream HD videos from your tablet to your TV or computer.
The Pandigital Planet is first and foremost being billed as an e-reader so it will have full support for Adobe Digital Editions to transfer store purchased content from your computer to your e-reader. You will also easily be able to sideload in your own ebooks in PDF and ePub format. It will also be using the Barnes and Noble eBook store to deliver content. Pandigital recently released a firmware fix that greatly enhances the B&N app. Speaking of sideloading, in applications it comes with SlideMe App market, so you can easily get new applications onto your device.
Finally it comes with some documents programs, a new anti-virus package for android, and a bunch of other goodies. This is more or less the best 7 inch tablet/ereader that Pandigital has designed to date and should be on sale soon in the $200 price range.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.