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Root your Pandigital 7" White Novel eReader

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For $199.99 the Pandigital 7″ Novel eReader is an expensive, although failing, competitor in the Android market. From the start the price tag did not represent the quality of this tablet. If one were to compare the quality of this tablet to a correct price, the price would have been around $140.00. Suffice to say, this is actually not a bad tablet, especially during the early days of January. Especially for the price you cold of picked one up for, and why you will kick yourself in the butt once you found out how cheap these were selling for.

On January 4th, 2011 a member on the AndroidTablets.net forum (exscentric) notified the community that you could pick up the Pandigital 7” white tablet from Kohl’s at a shocking price of only $59.99. I was a bit skeptical of this price, and thought it was a mis-print. My wife called up Kohl’s on January 5th, and confirmed that they were in fact selling at only $59.99. On January 7th, I picked one up…

The basics

When you first purchase your Pandigital 7” white Multimedia eReader it comes with the basics. It’s a very basic eReader that has a few apps such as a Browser, Email checker, plays music, and video… that is about it. For a retail price of $199.99 the Pandigital 7”, is quite frankly, a rip off. Although the Pandigital has a big surprise, which is you are able to install the full Android operating system on this eReader, this turning it into a hybrid tablet. Rooting this device to turn it into a tablet, makes the $199.99 retail price tag a bit easier to swallow. If you were one of the lucky ones to purchase the Pandigital 7” at Kohl’s for only $59.99, you nearly stole this device!

To root or not to root

If you bought this, you have to root it. It’s one of the easiest things to root, and literally takes 2 to 3 minutes to do. Once you do this, you will turn this basic eReader into an Android 2.0 hybrid tablet. From here you will have full access to the Official Google Marketplace (Yes, full working access), plus be able to play games, stream music/videos, and a bunch of other goodies.

The other neat part about rooting your (now tablet) is that you are still able to retain the eReader capability of this device. You will still be able to use the Barns and Nobles eBook app, and download eBooks directly from Barns and Nobles. Or, due to the versatility of Android, you can install Amazon’s Kindle app and download eBooks that way.

The screen, the feel

At $199.99 the Pandigital has a very good resistive screen, but at $59.99 it has the best resistive screen for the price that is (was) available in the U.S. This 7” restive screen is as close to a capacitive screen as a restive screen can get. Unlike most restive screens that require you to use your fingernails, with the Pandigital you can actually use your fingers to “swipe” through-out the tablet. As I show on my videos on the Pandigital 7”, I can easily swipe through programs, instead of using the end of my nail.

The Pandigital 7” also utilizes it’s full 800Mhz processor and 256MB of RAM. Since using this tablet for the last 3 days, I haven’t see a single issue of latency. All apps I have use open up without delay, and I haven’t notice any latency issues within the apps themselves.

I must admit this is a heavy 7” device. It comes in at a heavy 1.2lbs, compared to the Augen Gentouch78 at 500grams, this is a heavy tablet. This doesn’t necessarily turn the feel of this tablet into a bad thing, it actually gives it a stronger feel. Although if you are use to a lighter 7” tablet, or even a mobile phone… the Pandigital Novel 7” will feel a bit heavy.

Updated Comment

Make sure that when you’re moving the zip file you’re moving the file as a Zip, not unpacking it to the tablet. Also be sure you’re NOT putting the file on the SD Card inside of your reader, it has to be ON the tablet, otherwise you’ll get the error screen. Optional Link: http://www.slatedroid.com/topic/22106-how-do-i-root-the-pandigital-novel-7-white/