I received the Pandigital Black 7″ eReader for Christmas. The Pandigital eReader is a economically priced eReader ($129 at Best Buy) that runs Android. Although it’s not your spoilt nephews iPAD, it can get by as a basic Android Tablet. It comes with WiFi, a basic web browser, MP3 player, Facebook and Email clients. It integrates directly with Barns and Nobles NOOKBook Store this allows you to read NOOKBooks (epub format) as well as PDF books from other sources.
Being a gadget guy I checked out the Pandigital website and found there was a firmware upgrade available. I downloaded the software, ran it on my toughbook and caught an error (Wasted a few hours trying to correct.) The next day I ran the upgrade on my office PC (No joy again… although I did get past the “enter your serial number prompt.”) Next I tried on my home PC, this time and the 20-30 times after it timed out while trying to download the update…. nothing is more frustrating to a geek than not being able to play with updates to your devices!
Not giving up I downloaded the update using Orbit Downloader, after about an hour it had the entire 54 mb file. I followed the instruction on the Pandigital site to do a manual upgrade.
I loaded the polaris_update.dat file on an empty SD card, rebooted the Pandigital while holding the power and volume + buttons at the same time. As soon as the device boots let go and the manual update should complete. It will give you a status while updating. PLEASE NOTE IT SEEMS THAT AT THIS TIME THIS FIRMWARE CANNOT BE UPDATED ONCE LOADED SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WANT THIS UPGRADE BEFORE PROCEEDING The newest version is here.
I have the Black 7″ Model no: PRD07T20WBL1, if you have the same model and would like to download the firmware update I have placed a copy on a Google Docs Server, please feel free to download from here. Or you can take your chances at the Pandigital download site here.
The new firmware has a much slicker interface and more options than the prior version, give me a few weeks and I’m sure I’ll start hacking away with custom ROMs and firmware.. until then happy reading.
Here are a couple of really bad camera phone shots of the Launch Screen after the update, I’ve also added some additional applications that I will be posting more information on later.