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Pandigital Novel Personal  6
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs SAVE YOUR MONEY 12/10/2011

This review is from: Pandigital Novel Personal 6" Touchscreen eReader with Linux and Wi-Fi

Pros: It's pretty. It LOOKS like a great device. Bought on sale. (They should have paid ME to take it) Glad I didn't pay full price for this glitchy, sticky, finicky ereader wannabe.

Cons: Takes as much as 2 minutes to start! Does not use a regular usb charger. It has a PROPRIETARY USB CHARGER. I have to play with charger in plug for it to start working. Very touchy. If it breaks, you are S0L.You have to order another from them. Will not list your books in your homemade genre folders in "your library". (You have to scroll through screens to the SD card setting and when the ereader sometimes recognizes the card, then you can access your books neatly organized. (I've tried different brands and sizes of cards. Same for all.) Touchscreen is atrocious and must be hit in EXACTLY the right 3 pixel area to work. Even then, it OFTEN turns page backwards instead. Tapping and tapping at a setting to access it is endless. Worst of all, after approximately 90 minutes of reading it freezes up. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The battery drains during non use and NO, I did not leave it on sleep setting. In the OFF position, after a couple weeks, numerous times I've found it totally dead.

Other Thoughts: If you are already stuck with one, don't put more than 20 books on SD card at a time. It'll just freeze up. (It'll freeze up anyway, but not nearly as often. Maybe just a couple times a day, instead) I keep internet function off. Can 't even imagine how sticky it'd be with that on.
I use my Ectaco Jetbook reader every day. Simplest, least problematic. Minor freezeups once in a while. Reset is your friend. Not so with Pandigital. Takes several minutes to regain functionality after a reset and resets are constant.

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Aluratek Libre E-Book Reader Pro AEBK01FS
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggs 1 EGG OFF- WON'T UPDATE 12/10/2011

This review is from: Aluratek Libre E-Book Reader Pro AEBK01FS

Pros: Great ereader, no frills. Sale-under $50. Easy on the eyes, drop and drag books onto your micro SD card, insert and voila. I gave my sister a 2 gig micro SD card in an adaptor, already formatted with folders full of bestsellers (Contemp, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery,Non-Fic, etc...). Showed her the ereader's basic controls and she can't live w/o it now. She would not even let me return it for lack of updating ability because it works fine without the next 2 available updates. (It's on version 18)

Cons: This one won't update. I'm no novice. Have updated 5 other ereaders, various brands + complexity. This one is no go. Read mobile forums, others with same problem.
Also...may have the Ectaco quirk; do NOT put parenthesis () in folder/ book title names. May or may not recognize them. Parenthesis in a book title may cause the whole folder and its other books not to show up on ereader.
Don't bother with loading photos or using MP3 player. Not worth the wait, the sound, or battery usage. But it's PERFECT for fast, comfortable READING.

Other Thoughts: Product is identical to Ectaco Jetbook. Licensed by Aluratek from Ectaco, but Aluratek developed better software for it. I may order 1 at this price as a backup for Jetbook.
Don't need bells or whistles, internet, or touch screen. I'm a voracious reader and only care that the pages turn fast and that I can see the print.
Also, don't overcharge battery. It's TOUCHY! Knocked my first ereader down to about 2 hours battery that way. The replacement for that one lasts about 10 hours. NEVER did get the approximately 20 hours reading time advertised.

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ECTACO jetBook mini California Yellow
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs REVIEW # 2 03/19/2011

This review is from: ECTACO jetBook mini California Yellow

Pros: Update much improves this reader. URL:http://www.jetbookmini.com/update/ (See CONS for finding a recognizable SD card.) When attaching Jetbook (with working SD card inserted) to PC, hit power option that shows up, re-attach to PC, hit SD card option, NOT internal memory and it should finally recognize SD card and then it will go to update screen. Takes some playing around, but it's worth it. Page finder and battery life seem much improved after update. Clock holds correct time after update. And with SD card finally recognized, I can carry all the books I want on it instead of just 3 on internal memory. One star off for SD card problems.NOTE:I tried mini and micro, even tho it specifies regular size only, in an attempt to get it working. Also tried half gig, one gig regular size, PNY, HP, A-Data brands that did not work, tho and those sizes and brands SHOULD.

Cons: Agregiously hit or miss as far as SD cards to add space for books. Also, can't update w/o an SD card inserted. Out of 8 cards total of different sizes, brands, it recognized ONLY a Kingston brand 4 gig regular size which cannot be used (2 gig max), but the fact that it recognized that one gave me hope, so I tried Kingston..Out of 2 of the identical 2 gig Kingston regular size, it only recognized one when inserted. VERY touchy with the SD cards and Kingston seems to be the key, at least for my Jetbook! (No, I don't work for Kingston)

Other Thoughts: I'd given up on this reader some time ago when 7 different SD cards would not work. Gave it one more chance with a Kingston card and it actually recognized it, so I went on from there. Love this reader now that it's usable, but am worried that when this particular Kingston 2 gig card fails, I might not find another that the Jetbook will accept..

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Display Name: Verneda T.

Date Joined: 03/04/09

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  • Last Review: 12/10/11
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