Well, it's CES time again – time for manufacturers to show off what they've been working on for the last several months in hopes of coaxing you into opening your wallet to them. Normally, we get a slew of fantastic, exciting, and innovative devices in the CES storm; however, there are also a few that just aren't worth even considering. This new Polaroid tablet for kids is one of them.
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You may or may not have already heard about it today. For those who haven't, here's the skinny: it's a 7" tablet with a display resolution of 800x480, half a gig of RAM, a 1GHz single-core processor, 8GB of storage, a 2MP rear shooter, and Android 4.0. And it costs $150.
Let's just break this down for a second, shall we? First off, I assume that Polaroid feels like they can get away with the lackluster specs and high price tag (for what it's offering) by targeting a niche. In this case, they're calling it a "kids tablet." Sorry, guys – there's already a market here, and it already has a damn good king: the Nabi 2. For $50 more than Polaroid's offering, you not only get a quad-core ICS tablet with a full gig of RAM, but one that is constantly being updated by Fuhu, the manufacturer of the unit. I'm constantly impressed with their dedication to customers and hardware support. Seriously – it's fantastic.
Of course, let's not forget about the Nexus 7, either. It shares a similar spec sheet with the Nabi 2, but is, of course, sporting the latest version of Android (4.2). It also features double the storage space of the Polaroid thingy, and, again, is only $50 more.
I really don't feel like more details are needed here – the point should be pretty clear by now: don't buy into this sort of niche garbage. It's a waste of money no matter which way you slice it.