Dad of Divas' Reviews: Product Review - Polaroid Kids Tablet

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Product Review - Polaroid Kids Tablet

About the Product
Polaroid is pleased to introduce a tablet specifically designed for children— a 7.0” kids tablet. Featuring the Android 4.0 OS, the tablet combines all the fun and entertainment kids love with the security, durability and educational content that provides parents with peace of mind. The tablet will be on display in the Polaroid Booth #13613 and Southern Telecom Booth #13022 at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Polaroid kids tablet has been named a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing product category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

“Throughout our 75 year history, we’ve been known for creating innovative and easy-to-use products that are fun for all ages,” says Polaroid President and CEO Scott W. Hardy. “The kids tablet is no exception. It epitomizes the Polaroid brand personality and brings together a host of features that will delight kids and parents alike.”

Fun and Games
Included are a customized suite of apps like Kids Cam, Music Studio and Draw that encourage children to develop creative capabilities, and show off their creative side to friends and family members with videos, pictures and songs. The tablet also features Kids Vids, an app that allows children to stream safe and filtered videos for all age groups and Free Play, a simple and unique way to display all the free games/apps available for download from the kid-friendly App Shop.

Safe, Tough and Durable
Equipped with innovative side and rear bumpers to help protect the tablet from accidental bumps as well as built-in parental controls and a safe web browser that are quick and easy to setup, the tablet is designed to provide a safe interactive experience. Also included is the exclusive App Shop which is loaded with a variety of free and paid kid-friendly apps. The tablet even features a display lock, which locks the tablet's display and buttons, allowing young children to enjoy videos or interactive books without interruption.

Reading options for children of all ages!
The Polaroid kids tablet is designed to make learning fun. It comes preloaded with a selection of top-rated interactive children’s books, as well as NOOK for Android from Barnes and Noble. The tablet includes award-winning Dr. Seuss™ and Smithsonian interactive books which offer kids three different ways to read- “Read to me” where you listen to the book with the words highlighted, “Read it myself” where you read the book in its traditional form, and “Auto-Play” where the book plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning the pages. It also features top-rated learning apps that children will have fun with as they learn their numbers, letters and much more.

Features and Specs

  • Display
    • 7.0" capacitive, multi-touch
    • Screen Resolution: 800x480 (16:9)
  • Storage
    • Internal Storage: 8GB with additional external SD card slot
    • Processor & OS
    • CPU: 1.0 GHz CORTEX-A8
    • RAM: 512MB DDR3
    • OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Camera
    • 2MP Rear Camera
  • Battery
    • Rechargeable (Li-ion Polymer) 3500 mAh
  • Connectivity
    • Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Preloaded with over 35 premium apps (all full versions)

My Take on the Tablet
This was an amazing educational tablet! My youngest daughter took hold of this and just took off. She loved the pre-loaded books and enjoyed being in control of how she read the books too. As a father I have to say that I really loved this feature as it allowed her to be able to put it on auto play, Read to Me, or Read By Myself mode. This by itself is so innovative and it allows the child to grow and learn with the story itself.

On top of this there are 35 other pre-loaded applications. My daughters' favorite so far was the Kids Video App. I really liked how the app pulled videos based on the age of the viewer, so I can be comfortable allowing her to look at videos that were appropriate for her age.

My daughter also really likest using the camera that is built into this tablet and seeing that it has quite a bit of internal built in memory. Now, the only downside is that it is only a 2MP camera so the overall quality is not the highest, but for her it is fine.

On top of the built ins, there are some great physical features such as the outside bumpers that make this tablet made for younger users, and you will find that these safeguard the tablet well from accidental drops, which is perfect for small hands.

All-in-all, I was very impressed and I think that you will be too. If you have a young child and are looking for a tablet for your child, I encourage you to check this out today!

All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site's Disclaimer  for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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