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.



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.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Hehe, those tags.

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Enough with the kids tablets! What about dogs!? My pooch won't quit asking to borrow mine.

    • northstar

      My kid has been able to use a tablet since he was 10months old.

      • Kevin Aaronson

        My 9 month old daughter loves my phone as well. My Nexus 7 is too unwieldy for her though.

        • John O’Connor

          and for that, there is the 5" nabi jr

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      "watch this space"

  • http://twitter.com/navjotbatra Navjot

    Especially since kids are only going to be playing games on this thing. The specs would make for a really shitty experience.

  • http://twitter.com/ao9news andy o

    Wait, so just to be clear, this is a good buy, right?

  • KraYzeE

    My 4 yr old grandson can do anything on a Nexus 7. Why on earth would you buy this pos ? im not sure what age group they are going for here, but kids 3+ Will learn how to use a "real" tablet in no time at all. Give them one and see if you don't believe me. Don't insult kids. :p

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Mostly physical durability and collections of pre installed or easily installed children's apps.

      Most parents don't know or have time to figure it all out, so the would rather opt into these.

  • http://twitter.com/alksnitis Robert Alksnitis

    My 3 year olds 32gig nexus 7 works just fine!

  • http://profiles.google.com/martin.cohen Martin Cohen

    My grandchild has not even been conceived and she/he can use the Nexus 7+ as well as anybody can.

  • http://www.mobiletechview.com J_Dav1

    I have a tech uninformed friend that bought a Polaroid tablet for Black Friday, and let's just say he carried it back shortly after since you had to wait for the app drawer to open.

  • John O’Connor

    wait a minute... they didn't shut their doors with kodak?

  • Mark Renouf

    It's a 7" tablet with a 4" screen. LOL.

  • decken

    Look at the metro like UI. At least this tablet has the right target consumers.

  • Alan Hill

    This is what I love about AP, they call it how it is. If an Android product is released and it's less than stellar or absolute garbage then they'll say so, no holds barred... most Apple sites just awash everything with praise which helps no one.

  • FrillArtist

    Good job calling them out, AP. Worthless garbage.

  • pint

    Wait, what?! So Polaroid is basically bankrupt, and their best idea is to ("develop" and) release a cheap ass tablet for a very limited target group in an already overcrowded market? Smart move guys, smart move.

  • Chad Page

    Polaroid's been a zombie brand for a couple of years now... and this looks like a Typical Chinese Craplet* in a "kid-friendly" case, for double the typical price.

    (* - They actually *run* OK, considering, but a tablet lives and dies by it's screen, and a flickery TN panel just doesn't cut it)

  • daniel r

    This tablet is sold also in Romania but under a different brand : Evolio Tabby