Hands on With Polaroid’s New Tablets – CES 2014

PolaroidHands on With Polaroid's New Tablets - CES 2014 Conferences & Trade shows e-Reading Hardware has been slapping their brand on OEM budget tablets for the past couple years, and they were back again this year with a several new models.

In addition to a new quad-core kids tablet which is due out later this year, Polaroid also showed off acouple models  their new line of Q tablets. These 3 tablets will be budget priced when they hit the market later this year and feature 1.6GHz quad-core CPUs, Android 4.4, and at least one camera (the Q8 and Q10 will have 2 cameras).

These tablets look much like your average budget tablet, but they are thinner than last year's models and have a prettier design than most. In addition to the HDMI port, 8GB of storage, camera, microSD card slot, the tablets also have a pleasant rubberized shell with a stylish accent stripe across the back.

They were pretty zippy, though of course I didn't have much time to play with them (and it was noisy at the trade show, too).

And as you can see in the photos, the tablets do have the front-facing speaker mentioned in the press release. I wasn't able to confirm the quality, but simply having the speaker is a point in these tablet's favor. I can't tell you the number of tablets with muffled rear speakers I have used over the past few months; it's one of my pet peeves.

The photos above include the Q7 and Q8; the Q10 was not there. These 2 tablets will retail for $129 and $179.

I also got a chance to play with the M9, a quad-core 4G-equipped tablet that Polaroid showed off last year which has yet to hit the market (or at least I cannot find it). At that time the M9 had a dual-core CPU, but I'm told it will have a quad-core CPU when it ships later this year (I would double check that before you buy one).

I couldn't get any details on the connectivity or hardware specs for the M9, but I did get business cards and a promise of more details when the tablet ships. Even with the battery required to support the 4G chip, this was quite the thin tablet (even more so than the Q tablets). Unfortunately I couldn't get details about the price, either.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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