The Pandigital SuperNova tablet has just been launched, with an 8 inch capacitive display, dual cameras, and the promise of a long battery life. This $229 budget tablet will be a competitor of the Kindle Fire and Kobo Vox, although looking at the spec sheet, it doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from these well known brands.
In many ways, the Pandigital SuperNova is a simple extension of the Pandigital Nova tablet, with improved performance and a bigger screen than its 7 inch predecessor. However, the form factor is nothing special, and the build looks like it is made from cheap black plastic.
The SuperNova runs on a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. While this is nothing to write home about, it should be enough for basic web browsing and media consumption. In terms of connectivity, the SuperNova features a micro HDMI port, mini USB port, and dual cameras – 1.3 MP on the front and 3MP on the back.
The display is an unusual 8 inches in size, which is the major way Pandigital are differentiating this tablet from the 7 inch offerings by Amazon and Kobo. It only features a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels however, which is well below the 1024 x 600 pixel display of the Kindle Fire.
The Pandigital SuperNova runs a customised version of Android 2.3, and unfortunately, does not have access to the Android Market. Instead, you can use the Pandigital GetJar app store, along with a number of preloaded apps such as the Barnes & Noble reader.
The Pandigital SuperNova tablet is on sale now for $229, which while affordable, is not really low enough to compete with the much better Amazon Kindle Fire at $199.