The electronics manufacturer Pandigital has closed, according to a report from Liliputing. The company has reportedly gone out of business since July this year, says another report from the-digital-reader, and has already sent out a notice to its customers that all warranties on their products are now cancelled. Meanwhile, liquidators are trying to sell Pandigital’s remaining inventory in an effort to salvage at least some of the company’s assets.
It may be recalled that Pandigital is one of the electronics companies that gained some recognition after it launched its tablet PCs. Its product lineup, however, is rather extensive. It includes media tablets, eReaders, digital photo frames, digital cameras, Internet radios, photo scanner converters, zero ink printers, digital photo greeting cards, and various accessories. Its products furthermore enjoyed wide distribution. They were available in Amazon.com, B&H Photo, Costco, Electronics Expo, Kmart, and Radio Shack, to name a few.
Just last October, the company launched the SuperNova, an 8-inch tablet that features a 1 GHz Samsung S5PV210 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, an 800 x 600 pixel display capacitive touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The tablet does not have Google Play and offers instead the GetJar app store. The tablet was priced at $229, which made it more expensive than more popular tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire. InAugust, it also introduced more celestial-themed tablets, the Pandigital Planet, Nova, and Star. Said tablets retailed for $159 and $189.
Pandigital’s early tablets had been criticized for having poor quality in terms of their batteries and displays. Its customer service, according to the-digital-reader, was less than ideal.
However, as Liliputing points out, their low prices allowed them to become competitive. Today, however, the situation has changed, as companies like Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble have released cost-effective tablets with competitive specifications. Companies like Pandigital, therefore, unsurprisingly have difficulty coping.