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Polaroid’s New Android 4.0 ICS Tablet is Now in Stores (And in my Hands)

Last weekend I posted a review of one of Polaroid's 7" tablets, the PMID701C, and today I have my hands on the next model, the PMID701I. I happened across this tablet at BigLots this morning where it was selling for $99, the same price as the earlier model. I wasn't expecting to see it there, and I had been planning to get a different tablet. But due to an overwhelming itch of curiosity, I got it.

I have both tablets on my desk at the moment and I cannot tell the difference without turning them on. Aside from the small detail of the firmware (earlier model runs Android 2.3 while the later model runs Android  4.0), they are literally identical. That being the case, I'm not sure at the moment that I will follow through with a review of the later model; I believe it will work just as well as its predecessor.

But there is at least one other important point which I can answer. Last weekend I posted instructions on how to add Android Market to the PMID701C, the previous model (same hardware but running Android 2.3 Gingerbread).  Today I can confirm that those instructions work with the later model as well. I have installed Kindle, Aldiko, and Angry Birds from the Android Market. They work.

This is an important detail because I was pretty sure it wouldn't work. I thought the different firmwares would be a stumbling block but I was wrong.

Update: But after using it for half an hour I think I do see a difference in performance. Angry Birds is considerably more laggy on the later tablet, which runs Android 4.0. That might be a good reason to get the earlier model.

Even so, this is very good news because I now have a tablet running the latest generation of Android plus Android Market. For a $99 tablet this is a very nice deal.


  • 7" capacitive touchscreen (800x480)
  • Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1GHZ CPU
  • 4GB Flash, microSD card
  • Wifi
  • speaker/mike
  • g-sensor
  • TTS
  • Video out (but no cables provided)
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51 Comments on Polaroid’s New Android 4.0 ICS Tablet is Now in Stores (And in my Hands)

  1. That’s a pretty positive review for a budget ICS tablet. How do you think it might do as a toddler-tablet? Mine is a little too interested in my Transformer, among other things, so I’ve been looking for a cheap alternative.

  2. So long as it’s not used as a club or hit with stuff it will probably do okay.

  3. I have yet to own a tablet/phone that required a hack to install the Android market, or used a custom ROM, be able to install any of the Oxford dictionary apps that I purchased from the market. It is a pisser

  4. Nate, do you know of the cheapest “decent” tablet that comes with Google Play included? By decent I mean capacitive multitouch and more than four hours of battery life.

    I know that Samsung has priced the Tab 2 7.0 at $250, so other brands probably have gone much lower, right?

  5. How is this tablet if used mainly as an e-reader? Thanks!

  6. It works fine, though I do miss the page turn buttons.

  7. how can I free up the internal memory space by deleting apps already installed on the tablet. I bought this today based on your excellent reviews of this tablet. Thank you.

  8. You can delete apps from the app menu under settings.

    But I’m not sure it’s worth it. The space reserved for the apps cannot be used to store other files. And the existing apps don’t take up all that much of the space reserved for them.

  9. Thanks, I thought I could use that space to store other files. So I’ll need a micro sd card to put more music and movie files on it. Again thank you for the advice.

  10. Also what’s the best way to get the market on the device. How do I to get an e-reader app?

    Thank you.

  11. Nate, I’m looking for a cheap tablet that I can use with students at school. It needs to be able to run Flash apps and also some kind of productivity software, for word processing and presentations. What would you recommend? Please remember, it must be cheap….and yet function.

  12. Have you had any luck getting Adobe Flash installed and working on the “I” model?

    I would like to be able to watch Hulu on it.


  13. The one in the Android Market won’t install, and my other source doesn’t have a copy.

  14. Webster Phreaky // 23 April, 2012 at 1:05 am //

    You should really point out that the screen is cheapy PLASTIC, not Glass, certainly not Gorilla Glass! This screen point, only 512MB RAM, only 4GB Mem, no camera and no HDMI or USB 2.0, this is no bargain for $100, let alone $129 or $149.

  15. It’s a $99 tablet. I think most people will figure out that it’s not a Gorilla Glass screen.

  16. can you get netflix on it

  17. NetFlix plays 10% of the time.

  18. Would you let me know (if you can) why when I go to facebook on the tablet it shows differently than what I see on the web on my computer. Facebook launches on the tabglet okay it just shows older post on the home page not the most recent like on the website from my computer.


  19. Is this tablet available in the UK as I am looking for a tablet to take to college.


  20. Hello Nate,
    I have this tabet,it’s pretty nice to be a budget tablet,hoping to buy a nicer tablet in the future.I have a question maybe you can answer for me.Can you use a external mic on this tablet,such as a cell phone headset with mic.would like better mic quality since the internal mic is not very good.Hope to hear from you soon

  21. You’d need to have a USB powered audio accessory as well as an Android app to use it.

  22. Hello Nate,
    Thank you for replying to me,have enjoyed reading your website.hoping to learn more about android .

  23. Hello Nate, I have a question ,I would like to have adobe flash player,not having Google play where can I get it.studying on how to root this tablet still..hope to hear from you soon.

  24. Great,thank you

  25. Its on-sale again at Big Lots for $89:99

  26. That’s a different model. I just got one and it’s pretty much the same device.

  27. I noticed in your review for the IdolPad you mentioned stress testing it with large old scanned .pdfs. Does this one fair any better? I’m looking to get a low-end tablet/reader mainly for some 700-800 page scanned .pdfs that are ~50kbs (some work files I’d like to have easy access to read). I could always chop them up into smaller files, but the less of that I need to do, the better.

    Originally I was just going to get a low-end Kindle, but if I can spend a few extra bucks and get App functionality for doing other things as well, it may be worth it.

  28. I’m not completely sure, but I would expect most of the budget tablets to choke on large scanned PDFs. TBH, after the first couple choked I stopped testing,

    If you’ll give me until this weekend I’ll pull out all the budget tablets I have and test them.

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