Polaroid M7 hands-on

Polaroid M7 hands-on
Polaroid, that’s not a name you’d associate with Android tablets – but hey, isn’t everyone one getting into the arena? Well, the longtime camera maker is getting its feet wet in the competitive Android market, as they intend to get their name out there. Wondering how they’re going to do just that? Well folks, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. In fact, their 7-inch model can definitely raise an eye or two with its deliciously low price tag.

Knowing that this is a $129 priced tablet, we really can’t expect a whole lot from its design. Rightfully so, that’s exactly what we find with the Polaroid M7, as its design is predictable in every facet. Although it lacks any defining characteristics to make it stand out from the usual crop of slates, we do appreciate the soft touch back casing with its clean looks, grippy feel, and pleasant pattern. With the plastic construction, there’s some noticeable flex here and there, but it’s not too surprising considering the price point. At the same time, however, it translates over to a lightweight feeling tablet in the hand – so at least it’s comfy to grasp long term.

For a device of its caliber, it amazes us that it’s featuring a very decent looking 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display that’s pleasant enough to use with most things. Under the hood, it’s packing a dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor with 1GB of RAM that moves along for most basic things, but from our cursory look, we’re seeing some slowdown with its operation. Presented with the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience, with its own specific widget right on the homescreen, it looks as though it’s more like an Ice Cream Sandwich device because of the UI’s look.

Above all, some might be hesitant to pick this one up – even at $129. Why’s that? Well, it’s not a “with Google” device, which means it’s missing certain crucial apps that liven the overall experience, such as the Google Play Store. However, it seems as though it has some sort of NOOK integration, so if you’re content with that, it might be enough to appease your needs. Expect to see this one launch soon.



1. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Goodbye Polaroid

8. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

My "cousins" have a Polaroid (not sure if it's the M7) but they ACTUALLY THINK it's an iPad mini!!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! I told them it wasn't (ahh! big news flash! :P) but they said it was a "type" of iPad They r SO DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

coz iPad became a household name even people with no iPad... my 7 year old cousin before thinks his mothers galaxy phone is a small iPad! because he only see iPads ads on TV but no galaxy phone ads! you cant really blame them...since before when you say tablet, the only relevant product that will be mention is iPad

2. MeoCao unregistered

Very good tablet for a great price, For those who do not play big games this is very good option. But I hope to see next gen N7 soon.

10. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

this tablet is super fast even on gta3

3. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

No Google apps no Buy !!

12. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yeah... an android tablet with no google is nothing... especially this one! better buy a kindle fire... and android but has a decent amazon ecosystem!

4. skuld

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

never settle for anything less.

5. Tones

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Why no google apps? Cant they get it as an officlal android device?

6. tehalley

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I say send a bit more for like an Acer dual core 10"

7. chasetorres125

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

It will be dead before arrival when the the new nexus 7 99$ comes in

9. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012


13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

The specs are quite good for the price. Its a shame its a not a with google device, it could have been a very good low cost tablet if it was.

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