The Pandigital Novel R7T40WWHF1 is currently the cheapest Android tablet on the US market, with a price of only $50 at Walmart.
Because of the very low price, the one would expect that the R7T40WWHF1 has many disadvantages and wonder if it’s usable at all. The device is usable, running an old Android 2-point-something version on a 7-inch 800×600 display, with help of an ARM 11 single-core processor and 1GB of DDR2 memory.
The specifications published on sites selling the tablet don’t go too deep into details. For example, I wasn’t able to find out if it has a resistive or capacitive display, what’s the CPU clock speed, or does it have access to Android Market. However, since Pandigital Novel lineup is based on resistive screen technology, it’s obvious that the R7T40WWHF1 is not an exception. Besides outdated resistive tech which requires a little bit of physical pressure to produce input, another disadvantage of the tablet is slow performance, according to various reviews in the last two years. Yes, the Novel is that long on the market.
Another one is absence of access to the well-known Android Market with thousands of Android apps available. Instead, Pandigital provides their custom Android market with a limited number of apps, but out of the box there are pre-installed ebook, multimedia, and web surfing apps, those you will probably use most frequently on this type of device.
On the positive side, one of the main features of the device is access to Barns & Noble bookstore with thousands of offered ebooks and electronic magazines. Actually, Pandigital Novel is often advertised as an e-book reader, but with feature list extended to web and multimedia. Another nice feature is support for memory cards, which is missing on some much more expensive tablets. The R7T40WWHF1 support SD and MMC cards.
Overall, the specifications really do not look good, but with this $50 tablet you will be definitely able to surf the web, read e-books, and play music and videos. Whatever its disadvantages are, for the price of one the cheapest iPad 3 model, you can get literally ten Novels.
You can check out quality Pandigital Novel 7″ reviews gathered in the YouTube playlist below:
Pandigital Novel R7T40WWHF1 Specifications:
- Display: 7-inch at 800×600 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio, singe-touch resistive
- OS: Android 2.x (unknown version)
- Processor: ARM 11 single-core, unknown speed
- RAM: 1GB DDR2
- Internal storage: 4GB, expandable via the card reader
- Ports & Slots: mini USB, SD/SDHC/MMC/MMC+ card reader, audio jack
- Internet: Wi-Fi 802.11n wireless
- Dimensions: 5.5″ x 7.5″ x 0.5″
- Weight: 19 oz