The Novel e-reader from Pandigital does look promising so that many even tagged it as the poor man’s iPad. The other good thing with the Pandigital Novel is that there is no waiting to be done for the e-reader to show up in stores near you, it’s already there to be picked up at the Kohl’s. But its not all smooth sailing for the Novel and as per the latest e-reader news, things aren’t working out the way it should be for the reading device.
So what exactly it is that is playing spoilsport. Well, those who have already bought the device are complaining of its slow response times and the lack of a consistent WiFi connection. Flexibility is another thing that is painfully lacking in the Novel.
Touching the 7-inch LCD touchscreen won’t evoke the response as promptly as you would like and if you thought calibrating the e-reader would set things right, you are in for a surprise as this turns things for the worse. WiFi won’t connect at all. The e-reader takes its own sweet time to turn pages and the same applies when it comes to navigating e-books. And a recent firmware update notwithstanding, things like the margins, line spacing or fonts still can be adjusted.
Another thing that is surprisingly missing from the Novel is the accelerometer which its makers had claimed is built into the device. So there is only the portrait orientation that one has to be contended with as of now. Build quality too is nothing to cry home about and leaves a lot to be desired.
So if you are one of many who were willing to fork out the $260 that the Novel costs, it would be better to put that on hold for a while. Instead a Kindle or a Nook would make for a far sensible choice as things stand now though both these lack color display and a touch sensitive screen.
We will be following on this to see how things pan out. So keep watching along with other e-reader news.
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Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email