Pandigital SuperNova

Pandigital-SuperNova

A midrange tablet

Kindle Fire has a very good price: $200. And a performance to boot. So it was only a matter of time until it got a lot of consumers interested in it when it first appeared. It then soon became the target of many manufacturers who wanted their own tablets to be as good as the Kindle proved to be in time. Unfortunately, many of them failed in their attempts. Pandigital being one of them. Their SuperNova device might be cheap compared to other tablets. But that’s exactly why it left much to be desired. Read our review to see why.

Not impressive design

Many of our readers know that, even if they buy a very affordable gadget, they at least want it to look like a gadget that doesn’t come cheap. If you think that the $200 Pandigital Supernova looks good, think again. Because it simply doesn’t. In fact it sends a clear message: I’m made of a cheap material. The body of the tested tablet is dark-gray, so it’s not even the classier black color. But look at it this way: at least it’s not a chunky piece. It’s actually thin, measuring in total 0.5″ in depth. The Archos 80 G9 is even bigger than this model. And even if it has a plasticky feel, it has a pro: a sense of comfort while using it. We could feel no jagged edges, no heavy chassis, no pointed corners and no ruggedness. But still, even with these pros, we couldn’t shake off that cheap feeling we had whenever we looked at the SuperNova. And besides, other gadgets like this one are many miles away of this version in terms of substance, lightness and thinness.Pandigital-SuperNova

Comfortable

Once you get to experience the device in its landscape mode, you’ll see that its microSD card slot is on the bottom edge. The key for Power and volume are on the product’s top. On its left is a microHDMI port, the power connection port, a miniUSB port and a headphone jack.

To take photos, all you need is the tablet’s cam sitting on the front. Buttons for navigation, settings, features and other pots and pans will appear once you get to do your own testing at home. Suffice to say that nothing major is absent. So besides being comfortable, the SuperNova does absolutely right with its offerings other than processor, GPU and such.

Low resolution display

The touchscreen is 8″ and it packs a really low res of just 800 x 600 pixels. So don’t ask yourself why text is blurry and why movies, Internet pages and such are hard to look at.

For hardware, the tablet boasts the usual array of usual stuff: Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Android 2.3 Gingerbread was chosen by Pandigital to be on this gadget. There is no Android Market, because the tablet isn’t certified by Google. The processor used is a 1.06GHz Samsung S5PV210 Cortex. It makes for a fast navigation. The only lagging we got was when we tried to launch applications.

The photos shot with this gadget’s camera look grainy. Their colors were especially bad compared with other reviewed tablets. Games didn’t get to shine in all their original glory. Angry Birds, for instance, didn’t amaze us with smooth frames.

Review conclusion

The SuperNova made by Pandigital missed the train of excellent gadgets. But, if all you want is a midrange tablet, then try your luck with this model. But we won’t promise a great touchscreen and a superb performance.