Polaroid’s second budget 7″ tablet showed up on store shelves yesterday morning and I was there to get it.
The PMID701C is a bland looking black slab with a 7″ capacitive touchscreen and it’s running Android 2.3 on a single core 1GHz CPU.
I’ve spent the morning playing with it, and it’s not bad. I’m a little concerned about the battery life, but other than that it’s an okay budget tablet.
It’s an almost featureless slab with all the ports on one short end, the buttons on the long end, and the speaker on the back. It has a solid feel to it. The touchscreen is quite responsive and I’ve really come to like the general vibe of the device.
This tablet has a few quirks that have me scratching my head. I’ve looked through the setting menu and it options for Ethernet and 3G, but it doesn’t have the hardware for either. It also has a port where you should be able to plug in a TV out cable, but no cable was included. It also has text to speech, but I don’t see an app that can use it. Weird.
It comes with Kobo and a lot of other apps (see photo for more details) but no app store. I’ve installed the Amazon Appstore as well as a number of apps, including games, Kindle, Aldiko, an RSS reader. Youtube worked, and so did the email client. I’ve downloaded a couple ebooks. I’ve even set up my Twitter account on the included app.
It’s rather bland but I like it enough that I plan to set aside my Galaxy Tab for the next week and use this in its place. The Galaxy Tab has a camera and Google Play, but I don’t expect to need either feature this week.
- 7″ capacitive touchscreen (800×480)
- Android v2.3 Gingerbread
- 1GHZ CPU
- 4GB Flash, microSD card
- Video out (but no cables provided)
P.S. Polaroid’s first 7″ budget tablet came out around black Friday 2011, but it didn’t get much attention. It was the PTAB7200, and I noticed it for the first time at CES 2012.