Targeting the budget-conscious shopper, Polaroid unveiled three Android tablets in its Q Series recently. The $129 Q7 (7 inches), $149 Q8 (8 inches) and the $179 Q10 (10 inches) are some of the cheapest tablets we’ve seen on the market, and each offers quad-core performance. But we generally find that you get what you pay for. We had a chance to check out the Q Series at Pepcom here at CES 2014 and found it lives up to the lack of expectations.
Immediately grabbing our eye was the Q7’s terrible display. The Android KitKat wallpaper of a rainbow-patterned band was dark at the sides and washed out anytime we tilted the device away from us. Picture quality through the viewfinder of its 5-MP rear camera also appeared dismal and the plastic, generic-looking body of the slates matched their skimpy price tags.
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Granted, for $129, the Q7 does offer a clean version of the Android OS on a quad-core processor and we noticed that despite packing just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage the device was fairly responsive. You can also access the Google Play store along with an array of connectivity options including HDMI-out and microSD card slot, so we think those who are cash-strapped but want a basic tablet may find the Q7 appealing. The Q8 and Q10 featured the same form factor and subpar display, but we are impressed that Polaroid was able to offer these larger tablets at a sub $200 price point.
We’ll have to wait till we get our hands on review units of the Q Series tablets to see if they’re worth your money, but for about the same price or just a bit more, you can get the $149 Hisense Sero 7 Pro, which boasts a bright display and Tegra 3 performance, or the $149 ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7, which has a superior display and camera as well as nifty software features.