The Velocity Micro Cruz Reader --(not the tablet) -- is a clone of the Pandigital Novel. Or the Novel is a clone of the Cruz Reader, however you want to look at it --- but since the Novel came out well in advance of the Cruz Reader I consider the Novel the original.
The folks in the PD Novel forum at Slatedroid have been working the Cruz Reader hard. One guy even has a hacked Cruz firmware running on his Novel. Oh sure, there are some minor differences, but the photos show almost identical internals -- same board, same battery, same wifi card, same microSD card (well, the Cruz has a bigger one), same power supply, 98% identical layout, ad nauseum. Some of the developer types have hacked the Cruz firmware and in almost every instance the files are near duplicates. Several of them even have the same dates, e-mail addresses, version numbers, etc..
You can pay more for the Cruz but you aren't getting any better device than the PD Novel.
Last edited by gastan; 09-17-2010 at 07:41 PM.