Pandigital SuperNova – A Decent Budget Android Tablet

Pandigital SuperNova Review
Pandigital SuperNova – when you just don’t have a lot of money to spend on a tablet.

In the months before we wrote this review, we looked at two of Pandigital’s tablets: the $159 Star and the’ $189 Nova, two models with 7-inch screens. And aside from their entry-level prices, we found very little to excite us about either one. Part of the problem: The Android operating system has moved on from the versions we saw in these tablets.

Pandigital’s latest tablet entry, the 8-inch-screened, $229 SuperNova, doesn’t solve that issue. It is yet another entry-level tablet running a smartphone version of Google’s Android operating system (version 2.3, a.k.a. “Gingerbread”), rather than the latest tablet-optimized version, Android 3 (“Honeycomb”).

The SuperNova comes with a slightly faster processor than its predecessors, and because of that, it doesn’t have many of the same glaring performance issues. However, like Pandigital’s other models, it’s not Google-certified—meaning that it doesn’t support the Android Market for accessing the latest apps. In addition, its low-resolution screen (600×800 pixels, with a 4-to-3 aspect ratio) is a bit lackluster. Considering the options available in today’s Android tablet market, we have to ask ourselves why many users wouldn’t spend just a little more than the $230 for the SuperNova to get a higher grade slate.

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