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SuperNova DLX 8" Touchscreen Color WiFi Tablet by Pandigital

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Following are some key questions about the Pandigital SuperNova DLX.

Q: Does it work with the Android market for downloading various apps? Does the market automatically upgrade to the latest OS? What type of video chatting is supported on this tablet?

A:  Android Market is a resource for finding applications or “Apps” to run on Android. Though the DLX does not currently have access to Android Market, we have included a link to GetJar, which has thousands of apps from which you can choose those which most match your lifestyle and interests.  Currently, GetJar’s apps are all free of charge. 

You can also do an internet search for any apps you wish to find. It is best to search for the name and then include “APK download” in order to reduce the hits you might receive. Again, “APK” is the file type you want to download and then install as an Android application.

As for Market and upgrading the OS, this is not something that happens on devices whether or not they have Android Market access. An OS upgrade often means a complete re-write of the device’s drivers and instructions-set (firmware) in order to make certain everything works properly. This has to happen at the individual company level and separately for each model. Such upgrades, and Pandigital has provided these in the past, will come as a device update.

Video chatting can either take the form of a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) video telephone call such as Skype or many more informal friend chat infrastructures. As most utilize all of the same web components (flash, etc), you’ll find many supported on the Pandigital SuperNova DLX. [NOTE – For best sound quality, it is recommended that you use headphones when using VOIP or other voice chat applications. ]

Specific to Skype, currently we are aware that the Skype version being provided by GetJar (2-1.5.0.109) works well for inbound and outbound voice calls.  Also, video calls in (you can see the person you are talking to) are also supported. However, this version does not support outbound video (you can see the person you are talking to but they cannot see you). We’ll continue to work with Skype and GetJar to secure all features to the latest version. A version which we’ve tested that does fully support all of the above features including video calls (both ways) is Skype version 2.1.0.46 (Skype_2.1.0.46.apk).  You can either do an internet search for “Skype_2.1.0.46.apk download” to find this file or go to http://www.mediafire.com/?1igi41v8hjbhq35 .

Q: Is there a manufacturer’s warranty and how long is it for?

A: Yes. The Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty is one year, parts and labor.

Q: Will the tablet sync with iTunes?

A: No, though iTunes is supported in both the Apple and Windows environments, it is not currently in Android.

Q: What is the difference between the DLX and original SuperNova?

A: In terms of storage, the DLX includes a 4GB microSD memory card, bringing total included storage a total of 8GB shared versus the 4GB shared of the SuperNova. Further, the Pandigital SuperNova DLX content is different, instead of Barnes & Noble as the preloaded eReading content partner we’ve loaded the Amazon Kindle App along with Zinio’s App delivering the world’s magazines to you.  Also, the Amazon MP3 music store app is included as well as a few others. 

Finally, this DLX bundle from QVC includes a number of other offerings:

  • A coupon to redeem for your own, personalized SkinIt vinyl adhesive skin.

  • 16 free digital magazines from Zinio.

  • And upon registering with Zinio, an additional $25 coupon to use for additional Zinio content.

Q: What is the difference between the TSV and the Pandigital edition?

A: The Pandigital Edition is another great tablet from Pandigital which features the Amazon Kindle app and Zinio Newstand app for reading. Although the Edition is similar in all of its capabilities and functions, there are some differences:

  • The SuperNova DLX is an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen tablet where the Edition is a 7” ActiveTouch touchscreen tablet.

  • The rear-facing camera on the Edition is 1.3MP, while the DLX’s 3.0MP.

  • Bluetooth connectivity is included on the SuperNova DLX.

Finally, this exclusive QVC bundle, including (SkinIt and  Zinio Offers, plus a 4GB MicroSd memory card) make the Pandigital SuperNova DLX  a tremendous value and a tremendous gift.

Q: Does this tablet support the Android Market? Also, it apparently comes with the Kindle app. Can the Barnes & Noble or Kobo apps be installed?

A: Android Market is a resource for finding applications or “Apps” to run on Android. Though the DLX does not currently have access to Android Market, we have included a link to GetJar which has thousands of apps from which you can choose those which most match your lifestyle and interests.  Currently, GetJar’s apps are all free of charge. 

The Pandigital SuperNova DLX allows you to bring the applications that are of interest to you easily to the tablet. Yes, these can include the Kobo or Barnes & Noble apps.

Q: Are you able to access Netflix?

A: Although there are APK files (the file extension of Android Applications) for Netflix which do work on the tablet and provide access to your personal account, Pandigital is still in the process of working with Netflix in order to secure an officially sanctioned application.

Q: What internal storage does it have in addition to the 4GB micro SD card which is included? In other words, does it have a total of 4GB or 8GB when we get it home?

A: The Pandigital SuperNova DLX bundle includes 8GB shared total storage; including 4GB of shared internal storage (2.94 user available) and a 4GB microSD memory card. 

Q: Can the OS be updated? Can you work on word documents?

A: Gingerbread 2.3 is a stable, widely compatible, and fully featured version of Android and one we felt would provide you with the best experience at this time. As for an officially sanctioned Pandigital upgrade to the OS, it is possible that we may release one in the future; this is currently being explored. There are “hacks” for the more techy of users which have been documented online.  However, these most likely will remove many of the features you currently enjoy on the SuperNova DLX. 

With the pre-installed apps, you can open Microsoft Office Word DOC files using the OfficeSuite application. To create and/or edit in this Microsoft format, there is an upgraded OfficeSuite application available. In addition, you will find endless applications you can add to your Pandigital SuperNova DLX through the included GetJar or other app stores. Among these are many which allow you to both create and read various documents.

Q: Can you get on the Internet and video conference? Does it have an app for a calendar? Do you need the Internet for it to run?

A: To start, the Pandigital SuperNova DLX does connect through any available Wi-Fi connection (with your router at home or in a public hotspot such as restaurants or libraries) to the internet in order to bring you many things: web browsing, email, video conferencing or internet telephony, and downloading applications such as games, reference tools, etc. However it does not need to be connected to the Internet at all times. Once you’ve downloaded your favorite books, magazines, or newspapers, you can read them at your leisure with no active connection. Most of the applications pre-installed or those that you download do not require a connection to use. Finally, yes, it does have a calendar app, as well.

Q: Will it read to you? Will it work with audio books?

A: As delivered, the DLX will not read to you on its own. This ability can be found, however, in some Android applications you might add. 

As for audio books, you can listen to any that you may already own in any of the compatible audio file types (MP3, WAV, AAC). Again, there are also apps available that will allow you to download the audio books directly to your Pandigital SuperNova DLX. Audible.com is among them.

Q: How do I get Internet? Do I have to hook it to my home computer DSL line?

A: If you already have any other Wi-Fi devices (other computers, Playstation, etc), then you simply connect this tablet in the same way. Given that you already have a DSL line, adding Wi-Fi is simply a matter of connecting a wireless router (the transmitter) to this internet connection. The router acts as a wireless way to distribute access to your connection so that it can be easily shared among many devices and users.

Q: If I have a Wi-Fi wireless router from Verizon, will the tablet feed off it for an Internet connection? Or do I have to subscribe to a service with a monthly fee?

A: The Pandigital SuperNova DLX supports all of the standards (a/b/g/n) for Wi-Fi and should work with your existing wireless router. If you already have an active internet connection to your router, no further fees should be required to add another device to this existing connection.

Q: How do you go about downloading movies?

A: Once you find a source on the web to secure the movies you want, you simply save them in a supported file type (MP4/MPEG4 or FLV). This can be done either on your Pandigital SuperNova DLX directly or on your computer and then move the file later. In addition, many sites do allow you to stream (watch the film as it is coming across the internet live) the movies as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Q: Can it show things like Google maps?

A: Yes, most anything you can view or do on your computer’s web browser can be done on the Pandigital SuperNova DLX. As you become familiar with the tablet, you’ll note in settings where you can allow the Wi-Fi connection to assist in identifying your location. Whether through this technology, or by your entering in manually, you can then use and view the map programs and be routed as you wish.

Q: How will this do in full sunlight, like to read on the beach?

A: You could, though you will have to turn the brightness all of the way up. And as with any LCD-based display, you will also note some reflection and some washing-out of the image. You’ll be best to find a shadier place to enjoy your Pandigital SuperNova DLX.

Q: Does this tablet come with any free magazine or book subscriptions? If so how many, and do we pick or are they picked for us?

A: First of all, the TSV includes a pre-selected set of 16 magazines (1 issue each) from Zinio who, once you complete your registration with them, will also provide you with a $25 credit to use as you wish on their worldwide magazine assortment.

As for books, you can find thousands of free books via the Kindle App.

Q: What version of Android is it running, and is it upgradeable to ice cream sandwich?

A: The Pandigital SuperNova DLX runs Android 2.3. Gingerbread 2.3 is a stable, widely compatible, and fully featured version of Android and one we felt would provide you with the best experience at this time.  As for an officially sanctioned Pandigital upgrade to the OS, it is possible that we may release one in the future, this is currently being explored.

There are “hacks” for the more techy of users which have been documented online.  However, these most likely will remove many of the features you currently enjoy on the SuperNova DLX. 

Q: I currently have are Sony e-reader and the books are all in Adobe E-Pub format. Will these books work with this tablet? I don't want to have to buy all my books again from Kindle.

A: Yes, you can download a reader for free from the pre-installed GetJar app store which will allow you to read your E-Pub titles.

Q: My question is: can I get a different SD card to have more data on tablet?

A: Yes, you can purchase any size microSD memory card up to 32GB in capacity and it will work with your Pandigital SuperNova DLX. And you are not limited to one card. As needed, you can swap out and use cards to store varied interests.

Q: Does the SuperNova DLX have access to Android Market?

A. Android Market is a resource for finding applications or “Apps” to run on Android.  Though the DLX does not currently have access to Android Market, we have included  a link to GetJar which has thousands of apps from which you can choose those which most match your lifestyle and interests.  Currently, GetJar’s apps are all free of charge.

Unfortunately there will be many times when you are visiting websites on your DLX when the website will prompt you to click a link to download their Android or mobile app.  These will all most likely bring you to Android Market.  It is best to not click these links as the device is not currently Android Market certified.  However, you may be able to find many of these same apps on GetJar .  Please use this site to download and install any desired apps.

You can also do an internet search for any apps you wish to find.  It is best to search for the name and then include “APK download” in order to reduce the hits you might receive.  Again, “APK” is the file type you want to download and then install as an Android application.   

 Q: What’s the difference between the two built-in cameras?

A: The Pandigital SuperNova DLX’s front-facing camera (Same side as screen -captures user holding tablet) and microphone are positioned  and optimized with the primary use envisioned as personal video conferencing , novelty applications/games, and personal voice note recording. 

The Pandigital SuperNova DLX’s rear-facing camera (opposite side as screen -captures images on other side of tablet) is positioned and optimized with the primary use envisioned as a convenient camera for capturing still images as well as  video images.   There is no microphone paired with this camera.

 

Q: What is the difference between Video Conferencing and Recording Videos?   

A. The camera included (VGA) is optimized to capture and convey an acceptable image of a person who is relatively still and close to the screen.  Similarly the microphone is also optimized in this way.    The greater distances, capturing of movement, and audio capture at a distance are not within this device’s abilities or intended uses.

 

Q: Why would I prefer to use the rear-facing camera?

A. The rear-facing camera captures images at a higher resolution for clearer images.  Also, it is optimized to capture subjects a bit further away from the tablet while providing a very easy interface - allowing you to view the tablet’s screen as your viewfinder and use the touchscreen controls to snap photos or start and stop video capture. 

 

Q:  I want to make Skype calls using my Pandigital SuperNova DLX.  Is this possible and are there any limitations?

A:   The front camera and the front-facing microphone built into the Pandigital SuperNova DLX are configured for making calls and video calls while viewing the tablet’s screen.  Skype is certainly one of the most popular call/video-calling apps available today.  As with many Android apps, finding the correct version which incorporates the proper support for your devices hardware components and software version can take some trial and error. 

Skype allows you to make and receive voice calls, have video calls, instant message, and other services using your internet connection.  Currently you can make voice or video calls and instant message from Skype on your SuperNova DLX to other internet connected devices with Skype loaded for free (these include other tablets, computers or even TVs).  Calls to landline phones and mobile phones and other advanced features may require a Skype plan –please see skype.com. 

Currently we are aware that the Skype version being provided by GetJar (2-1.5.0.109) works well for inbound and outbound voice calls.  Also, video calls in (you can see the person you are talking to) are also supported.  However, this version does not support outbound video (you can see the person you are talking to but they cannot see you).  We’ll continue to work with Skype and GetJar to secure all features to the latest version.

A version which we’ve tested that does fully support all of the above features including video calls (both ways) is Skype version 2.1.0.46 (Skype_2.1.0.46.apk).  You can either do an internet search for “Skype_2.1.0.46.apk download” to find this file or go to http://www.mediafire.com/?1igi41v8hjbhq35 .

In order to make or receive video calls, you must first enable this feature within Skype’s settings. You may need to manually enable Skype video calling before you can make a video call to your Skype contacts. To do this:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. From the Skype main screen (where you see contacts, recent, call phones, profile), tap the SuperNova DLX’s menu button (second button from left of the four physical buttons below the screen).
  3. Select Settings.
  1. Scroll the screen down and select Enable video calling.

 

Information provided by Pandigital.

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susan renae1324185534.123 PostsRegistered 7/25/2010

I am a travel nurse and fly quite often. Going in and out of security in numerous airports all over this country....how well does it hold up the the abuse of the xray machines and the stress of all the handling from the TSA agents and whoever else they decide need to touch my tablet. Can you hlep with this please.

Pandigital­ Team1324186822.52764 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/17/2011 susan renae said:

I am a travel nurse and fly quite often. Going in and out of security in numerous airports all over this country....how well does it hold up the the abuse of the xray machines and the stress of all the handling from the TSA agents and whoever else they decide need to touch my tablet. Can you hlep with this please.

Susan - The SuperNova DLX is a tough product and should do well throughout your travels. It will be great for reading, as well as keeping up on line. I would suggest that you protect the Tablet while you are going through the airport either in a bag or I would also suggest checking out the case that is available on QVC (Item # E168162). This case is made specifically for the Supernova DLX and will do a great job protecting the device.

I hope this helps and you enjoy the SuperNova DLX - Happy Holidays.

jamajessie1324188132.995 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

Will I be able to watch netflix on this? Also can games like angry birds be played?

getting sm­arter1324192423.0374 PostsRegistered 9/20/2011

How long can the Pandigital Supernova DLX 8" tablet run on a charged battery?

QVC 11324193303.4271 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011
On 12/18/2011 getting smarter said:

How long can the Pandigital Supernova DLX 8" tablet run on a charged battery?

Brenchen1324197879.4672 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

{#emotions_dlg.blushing} I'm beginning to wonder if this is a good purchase considering no one wants to answer what the battery life is on the tablet!

I basically just want to know the battery life

1) if I'm surfing the internet or

2) If I'm just reading an ebook.

Also it says in the user manual that the battery will eventually die and not recharge so how long would that be? Don't want to pay $200(including s&h and tax) just to have it die in a year. And if the battery does die can it be replaced?

Brenchen1324201223.4272 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

{#emotions_dlg.blushing} Found an answer to my question, still unsure about this tablet

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/tablets/pandigital-supernova.aspx

according to laptop mag the battery life is a little over 6 hours with continous web surfing

bonnielu1324209922.7535869 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004Western Maryland

Q -

Can this be used with the free public library choices... EPUB I believe this is called. And or will it be compatible with Overdrive media which allows me to use the public library on a tablet such as Kindle or the Nook..... love to have the answer to this one because this is the deal maker or breaker.

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Pandigital­ Team1324212410.7464 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 Brenchen said:

{#emotions_dlg.blushing} Found an answer to my question, still unsure about this tablet

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/tablets/pandigital-supernova.aspx

according to laptop mag the battery life is a little over 6 hours with continous web surfing

Brenchen- Yes, you are correct the battery will last up to 6 hours on a single charge. However, a number of factors can either shrink this or help you to maximize. First, screen brightness. Adjust the brightness setting to the lowest possible setting for the room environment you are in. The backlight is the biggest user of power. Second, if you do not need to be connected to WiFi or Bluetooth, turn these off in settings.

I hope this helps and you enjoy the SuperNova DLX - Happy Holidays.

Pandigital­ Team1324212802.3764 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 jamajessie said:

Will I be able to watch netflix on this? Also can games like angry birds be played?

Jamajessie- You may be able to watch netflix on this, however this is dependent upon NetFlix's release and support of a supported Android App. There are apps available on certain websites which do work- though these are not likely fully sanctioned by NetFlix. We look forward to providing an app for the SuperNova DLX officially in the near future.

Also, you can certainly play angry birds on this device, as well as, many other great games!

I hope this helps and you enjoy your SuperNova DLX. Happy Holidays!

Yollm1324213415.9531 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

I have a question about the Pandigital tablet being offered as todays special value. Is this where I ask?

philosophy­ gal1324213613.79349 PostsRegistered 12/21/2006

Good Morning!

Can you tell me if i-Tunes can be used on this tablet?

Thank you!

Wiser1324214816.7771 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

I have watched 2 presentations on the Pandigital Supernova and have not seen anything about a virtual keyboard. In seeing "other" tablets, they seem to use the virtual keyboard for entering info. Does the Supernova use one?

mindylynn1324216155.641 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

do I have to have a bluetooth phone or can I use any cell phone on the zoom?

ckll1324217485.842 PostsRegistered 9/11/2011

Does this device read epub files? Can the BN Nook application be installed?

getting sm­arter1324218120.4974 PostsRegistered 9/20/2011

I am confused about the answer regarding netflix. Netflix is available on other tablets with an android OS. Why would I need netflix to offer a special app? Are you saying that this pandigital requires a special app because it is not as compatible as other tablets?

If so, will this be an ongoing problem with other sites and apps? Are there compatability isssues with this tablet?

I would also like to know if I will be able to read books from the public library.

Pandigital­ Team1324220232.1964 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 bonnielu said:

Q -

Can this be used with the free public library choices... EPUB I believe this is called. And or will it be compatible with Overdrive media which allows me to use the public library on a tablet such as Kindle or the Nook..... love to have the answer to this one because this is the deal maker or breaker.

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bonnielu- Overall-yes. You will be able to choose and download apps through the included app marketplace that will allow you to access epub. For the Over drive Media app, we reccommend that you search the web for the ODMediaConsoleSetup.apk file, download and install. Also, please note that public libraries do have their own requirements and file types that they support.

I hope this helps and you enjoy your SuperNova DLX! Happy Holidays!

klf87881324220253.625 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

Can I purchase a data plan with my cell phone provider At&t to use the internet and not rely on hotspots? I was told only 4G tablets can do this but not sure if there is a connection device available to purchase a seperate data plan.

klf87881324220257.575 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

Can I purchase a data plan with my cell phone provider At&t to use the internet and not rely on hotspots? I was told only 4G tablets can do this but not sure if there is a connection device available to purchase a seperate data plan.

Pandigital­ Team1324220512.10364 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 Yollm said:

I have a question about the Pandigital tablet being offered as todays special value. Is this where I ask?

Yollm- You can certainly ask questions on this blog, our members from the Pandigital Team are here and available to answer your questions throughout the day. You may also ask questions on "Ask Us Live"- this can be also found through QVC's site.

I hope this helps! We look foward to hearing from you. Happy Holidays!

southphilly1324220679.511 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

can tthe web be surfed for any site? is there a keyboard internal ?

gidgetsmom1324221044.40711 PostsRegistered 11/11/2011
On 12/18/2011 klf8788 said:

Can I purchase a data plan with my cell phone provider At&t to use the internet and not rely on hotspots? I was told only 4G tablets can do this but not sure if there is a connection device available to purchase a seperate data plan.


I need to know the answer to this also since I live out in the country and don't have access to WiFi unless I drive miles to a specific location offering it. It doesn't seem to be being brought up in the live presentations either and it's very frustrating.

Pandigital­ Team1324221121.75364 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 Wiser said:

I have watched 2 presentations on the Pandigital Supernova and have not seen anything about a virtual keyboard. In seeing "other" tablets, they seem to use the virtual keyboard for entering info. Does the Supernova use one?

Wiser- So happy to hear that you are watching today! The SuperNova DLX does include a virtual keyboard- the keyboard is being used during our email and web search demos. If you happened to miss the demo during our presentation- video and a fuctions animation is available through qvc's site to view.

I hope this helps. Happy Holidays!

Pandigital­ Team1324221524.68764 PostsRegistered 12/14/2011
On 12/18/2011 mindylynn said:

do I have to have a bluetooth phone or can I use any cell phone on the zoom?

mindylynn- I apologize if I am not understanding your question clearly- are you referring to needing a bluetooth phone for connecting to the internet or if a internet connection is needed to use the zoom feature on the device?

We look forward to hearing back from you. Happy Holidays!

cvs5491324221683.9071 PostsRegistered 12/18/2011

My laptop has a wireless connection by plugging in a card into the usb port. Will this work on this tablet too?

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