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I recently purchased a Polaroid T7 Internet Tablet. This was My second attempt at purchasing a tablet. I am very pleased with this purchase, now.

The main thing that I am losing is the multimedia aspect of a tablet. I had originally purchased a Pandigital Planet with only 256MB of internal RAM and because it was so severely limited in the internal memory aspect I could never take advantage of the Front or Rear Cameras or the Micro HDMI out.

Even after resolving to just use the Planet for email and surfing the web, I still found that it lacked the ability to run apps at speed.

Wanting a cheap Android Android Tablet that actually worked, I returned the Planet and picked-up a Polaroid T7 Internet Tablet from Kohl's.

Polaroid T7 Internet Tablet (PTAB7200) 1st Impressions:
The Polaroid name is apparently licensed, as the tablet is actually supported by Southern Telecom.

The Specs:
  • High Res 7" Touch Screen
  • Android OS 2.3
  • 1 GHZ RockChip RK2918/ARM CORTEX-A8 w/Neon 512KB L2 Cache
  • RAM: 512MB DDR3
  • 4GB Internal Memory (Expandable with Micro SD card)
  • 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi network capable
  • USB Host feature allows the ability to connect a Flash Drive
  • Rechargeable LI-ion battery (lasts 5-6 hours with wi-fi on in normal use)

The T7 Package Includes:
  • The PTAB7200 7" Tablet
  • Mini USB to USB Cable
  • Adapter Cable for USB Memory Stick (Flash Jump Drive)
  • AC Power Adapter/Recharger Cable Unit
  • PTAB7200 User Manual

This item is advertised right on the box with HD Digital Video 1080P but I cannot see how in the world they could get real 1080P into that tiny 7" screen when the resolution is reported to be only 800x480. HD aspect ratio, yes, but HD it is not. What the hell has happened to truth in advertising, folks? And no, there is no HDMI output to make this HD capable in any respect. But, I didn't know they were advertising HD 1080P until after I bought it and knew I was getting an 800x480 screen with no HDMI.

Despite the false advertising, the thing has so far proven to run like a champ. I did have to poke the reset hole with a paper clip after leaving the unit on standby for over a day, once. But it runs surpisingly fast for only a 1 GHZ processor.

I left the protective cling-plastic screen protector on it, the touch screen works well and does a better job than my planet did, but is not near as good as my DroidX. But as this is a cheap tablet, I am quite happy. My son would like a better touch screen to play his games, and therefore still prefers my DroidX for games. But otherwise games run fine. Angry birds and Greedy Spiders all seem to be doing quite well without any problems.

I cannot log into NetFlix, but I couldn't on my Planet and I can't on my DroidX, either. I think my login email address is too long for the mobile platform. Netflix works great on my PC, Laptop, Wii, PS3 & Blu-ray players. Video is clear and crisp, even at 50% brightness, though. The audio could be a bit louder, sometimes (usually when people screw up the audio levels while recording). Video also streams well with a good signal.

I am still looking for my ear buds to try out the headphone jack. The speaker sounds OK, but needs to be all the way up to hear alarms as it is not real loud.

A word on the wi-fi: OK. Not as good as My PC, Laptop, Wii, PS3, iPad, DroidX, etc... but definitely a little better than the Planet making the tablet usable downstairs (where the Planet wasn'T).

The printed user manual unfolds like a map and walks you through loading Amazon AppStore which works well. I have apps I have licensed through Google Market that I miss, but I don't want to be running BOTH the Amazon AppStore licensing system and the Google Market licensing system when My apps check to see if they are legal. So right now I am doing without Kuffs Password Safe or Unified Remote, etc., which is a big loss that I do feel daily. So I have to deal with that.

Although 6 sensors are reported, it doesn't seem to support Bubble Level. There is no GPS, and I have set it to use network locals, but Google still can't tell where I am.

No Bluetooth, although I want to try my USB Bluetooth adapter and haven't, just yet.

I haven't found if it can be rooted, yet.

I am especially happy with the battery life. The Planet was done in a couple hours. I don't think I've had to worry for around 5 or 6 hours with the Polaroid T7.

When held, the thing feels solid (the Planet squeaked all the time). It doesn't feel cheap. I like it so far.

I was a bit uncertain where to post this since I see the specs indicating 1 GHZ RockChip RK2918/ARM CORTEX-A8 w/Neon 512KB L2 Cache. Maybe it should be cross posted? Originally I posted this elsewhere because I wasn't sure. I leave it up to the moderators. Move it where it is best off.

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I just got a pmid701c myself. With the help of freaktab it is now fully rooted and running google play. I also used setcpu to overclock to 600 min 1200 max. This is a decent tablet for 99.With a Quadrant benchmark 1726. Not bad at all. The only caveat is the bad viewing angles which are similar to the Viewsonic Gtablet but for the price I can't complain. Even the Gtablet with tegra2 only had a benchmark score of 1838. I am waiting to see what kind of roms are made for this.

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After searching the internet I found that Onda 610w is almost identical to the polaroid 701c. I managed to flash onda 610 ics to the polaroid. It works pretty good except for auto rotation which is backward. If anyone know of a fix it would be appreciated.
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