Yep, it’s time to start getting the CES news out, so let’s start with something I think is exciting, an Android tablet for kids, but this is from Polaroid which is a bit surprising as when it comes to tablets I never thought of Polaroid as a big company for them. So the tablet is 7” and it’s kid friendly with built-in bumpers to help protect it from bumps. As far as specs, it’s pretty much what you’d expect for a tablet with a price of $150, not that great, but not too bad really, especially for kids.
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,” saysPolaroid 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 & 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 set up, 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
- 7.0" capacitive, multi-touch
- Screen Resolution: 800×480 (16:9)
- 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)
- 2MP Rear Camera
- Rechargeable (Li-ion Polymer) 3500 mAh
- Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Preloaded with over 35 premium apps (all full versions)
Designed and manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the Polaroid 7.0” kids tablet and included video stand have a suggested retail price of $149.99 and will be available now at www.polaroidstore.com and in-store at Kohl’s in January.