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January 04, 2013

Polaroid Introduces Android Tablet Just for Kids


For parents missing their tablets which have managed to fall into the hands of their offspring, there is some good news coming out of CES (News - Alert) (News - Alert) from the makers of instant film we all know and love. Polaroid has been increasingly expanding its presence into the consumer gadgets market, and a new product does not disappoint with both the younger and older crowd.

Next week at CES, Polaroid will have on display a new kind of Android (News - Alert) (News - Alert) tablet that has all the bells and whistles that you’d expect from the OS, but with a design that caters to the under-three-feet category of people. Already named a CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree in the Tablets, E-Readers & Mobile Computing product category, the Polaroid kids tablet features a 7.0” multi-touch display with an 800x480 screen resolution, 8GB of storage and a 2MP rear camera. Of course, the kid-friendly gadget is also Wi-Fi enabled.

“Throughout our 75 year history, we’ve been known for creating innovative and easy-to-use products that are fun for all ages,” said Polaroid president and CEO Scott W. Hardy in a statement. “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.”

Not every parent is willing to fork over their expensive gadgets so that their kids can engage in some educational apps, nor are they willing to shell out the dough so that their kids can have their own. The educational market is flooded with “kid-friendly” tablets, however, many of them are simply glorified toys pretending to be a parent’s tablet that don’t perform as well as the more grown-up counterparts.

Tablets like the LeapPad from Leapfrog, while great for interactive games, e-books and apps specifically designed for preschoolers, are limited by their proprietary games and software and restricted licensed titles.

The Nabi 2 tablet for kid takes educational tablets a step further with an Android OS, a likely contender to Polaroid’s, and like Polaroid’s, comes with 8GB of storage and a front-facing camera instead of a rear one.

Kids today are living in a digital era and have become natives to their digital landscape. For parents who want to introduce their little tykes to the wonderful world of tablet use, quality and specifications play a big part. While we’re all slightly more dexterous when it comes to handling our expensive devices, kids need a rugged design that can withstand their rough handling.

Polaroid’s tablet comes with side and rear “bumpers” to protect against bumps. No tablet is complete without operating safety as well, and the built-in parental controls allow parents to keep Web browsing safe for their kids while allowing them to roam the kid-friendly app store without purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of apps.

The price tag (News - Alert) (News - Alert) of this new gadget is $149.99, and it will be available later this month through Polaroid’s website (poloroidstore.com) and in Kohl’s shops nationwide.

Those attending CES can take a peek at the new tablet at the Polaroid Booth #13613 & Southern Telecom Booth#13022.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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