Is the future of dedicated eReaders monochrome or color? Digital photo frame-maker Pandigital continues to bet on color, with its update to the Novel eReader, shipping today.
The new model retains the original’s 7″ 800×600 touch screen while shedding nearly half the weight, coming down to 11.8 ounces from 19, and doubling its internal memory from 1 to 2 GB. As with the previous model, that can be expanded with an SD/SDHC card slot that accepts up to 32 GB. Content is well-supplied by Barnes and Noble’s eBookstore, and that deal brings with it the Nook’s lending feature as well. Internet connectivity is accomplished through a Wi-Fi connection for web browsing and email access. In addition to reading, the device will also let you browse your photos, view videos, and listen to music. It runs Android on a ARM 11 processor.
An LCD screen is certainly a mixed blessing, as it opens the reader up to more vivid fare such as magazines and illustrated books, but at the cost of more eye strain and difficulty reading outside in direct sunlight. But at $199.99 this should make an interesting middle point quandary for people trying to choose between a Kindle (or Nook) and an iPad.