Pandigital debuts $200 multimedia e-reader

  • Forget the clunky Nook! Yes, Pandigitial has introduced a sleek, 7-inch multimedia eReader priced at a cool $200.

    The tricked out, Android-powered device boasts an ARM 11 mobile processor, full color TFT LCD touch-screen display, Wi-Fi connectivity, full web browser and integrated access to the Barnes & Noble eBookstore.

    "The Pandigital eReader lets [users read] books and periodicals displayed in personalized bookshelves with full-color covers and original photos,” explained Pandigital CEO Dean Finnegan.

    "[In addition], the 800 x 600 resolution and edge-to-edge glass screen [allows users to] thoroughly enjoy their digital photos in a virtual album and watch videos. The responsive touch-screen - paired with an intuitive UI - is also easy to navigate and control."

    According to Finnegan, the eReader offers users the ability to search for word definitions using a built-in dictionary, review past references with word searches and jot down notes with a virtual keyboard. 

    In addition, readers can highlight important text, create multiple bookmarks and change the font size for optimum viewing.

    Additional specs include:

    • Measurements - 5.5" (w) x 7.5" (h) x 0.5" (d).
    • Weight - 16 ounces.
    • Memory - 1GB, expandable storage up to 32GB via an SD/MMC memory card slot.
    • Battery life - Six hours in reading mode.
    • Supported eBook formats - PDF, EPUB and HTML.
    • USB file transfer - Mac and PC.
    • Integrated e-mail app, audio player, calendar and alarm clock.
    • Orientation sensor - automatically adjusts between portrait and landscape mode when device is tilted.
    • Night-read mode - Inverts text and background colors for more discrete viewing.
    • White chassis and white stand.