How the Polaroid Tablet Works

Polaroid Tablet Specs

Southern Telecom has produced eight versions of the Polaroid 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) Internet Tablet, most of which seem to have a similar design and features. The latest versions have these basic specifications [sources: Southern Telecom,, CNET]:

  • An ARM CORTEX-A8 microprocessor, running at a speed of 1gigahertz
  • 512 megabytes of DDR2 random-access memory
  • An openGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator, which provides 3-D game support
  • A 7-inch (17.8-centimeter) multi-touch screen, with 800 by 480 pixels of resolution
  • Four-way auto rotation, which enables a user to turn the device sideways and have the screen image reorient itself
  • A 802.11 b/g/n WiFi chip, which enables the Polaroid Tablet to access a wireless network at your home, office or some public location such as a coffee shop and use the broadband Internet connection. This is important, because unlike the iPad and some other tablets, the Polaroid Tablet can't be outfitted with a wireless 3G or 4G modem to directly connect to the Internet.
  • Internal memory storage of 4 gigabytes for data and programs
  • A Micro SDHC card slot, which enables the user to add a card -- the same sort used in digital cameras -- to add up to 32 megabytes of additional storage
  • The Android 4.0 operating system, also known as "Ice Cream Sandwich," which features improved e-mail capabilities (pop-up notifications to show you have mail, for example) and a Web browser that Google claims will run significantly faster than previous releases
  • A mini-USB port (where you could plug in a small keyboard, for example)
  • A front-facing camera with both still and video capabilities

The Polaroid Tablet's battery has a standby time of 60 to 70 hours when the device is turned on but not being used, and enough capacity to provide these running times for various functions [source: Southern Telecom]:

  • Music: up to 10 hours, with the WiFi and backlit screen in sleep mode
  • Video files: between 4.5 and 5 hours, with the WiFi turned off
  • E-Books: 6 to 7 hours with the WiFi turned off
  • Web browsing: 5 to 6 hours