38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
It's a reader with a bonus,
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It all depends on what your expectations are from this device.I have never played with an ipad, but considering the price difference I would imagine that an ipad does more than the Pandigital Novel. This is a nice reader set up for B&N, but I was able to download Kindle software (you need an older version of it, the newer one doesn't download). I just prefer Kindle software. You can adjust the background color (white, sepia or black) and the brightness, so I would imagine anybody can adjust it to their preference. There are 4 font sizes. That's about it when it comes to the reader. It's somewhat heavy, but that's what I like about it. It feels more like a real book. I tried Nook (too light) and I didn't like Kindle because it's not touch screen. The touch screen works real well for book reading. You just slide your finger or tap the right side of the screen and the page changes.
Now, the other part of this device is the tablet. You can browse the internet. You can watch Youtube(needs additional download, I haven't had luck with finding a software for Netflix though),check your e-mail, download your pictures (doubles as an electronic picture frame...just those run about the same price as this one) and music. I downloaded tunesync software and transferred all my music via wifi from my itunes account to the device. So, basically the tablet does almost anything that your laptop would do, but somewhat slower(it comes with Officesuite but I haven't tried it and have no use for it). I generally can type much faster on an actuall keyboard, so obviously it takes longer to google for something on the Pandigital. The speed of internet is very decent, again probably not as fast as my laptop. My only complaint (and frustration) is that sometimes it seems like it's frozen, so you slide your finger to scroll and it doesn't go anywhere. You just have to be patient until it comes back. It also takes some practice to slide and scroll. The more you do it, the less it seems to be a problem. Also, in terms of using a stylus, I don't find it necessary at all. It responds well to your fingertip or the back of your nail. If it doesn't respond to your fingertip (when it's frozen), it won't respond to a stylus either. Overall, a reader with some bonuses. I was not planning to use it for major internet use, but it certainly comes handy to have that function in the background if you're reading and an e-mail comes in that you want to check or suddenly you feel like some browsing.