Polaroid Ice Cream Sandwich tablet up for grabs for $99 at Big Lots
The Kindle Fire may be the best of the Android tablets at $199, but that doesn't mean you can't get some decent hardware for just under one Benjamin. Usually though, tablets that cheap are of questionable quality from China, but today we have what might really be a steal at $99.
Courtesy of Big Lots, you can pick up a Polaroid made Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablet for only $99. Now, I can't tell from the product listing if this really is Polaroid's PMID701i, but I can say that all the specifications line up exactly. So, while the 1GHz single-core Cortex A8 processor, Open GLES 2.0 graphics, and 800 x 480 display won't make for the very best experience, the should certainly suffice for some uses. Fortunately, the display is of the capacitive multitouch variety and WiFi b/g/n, which at least means that users won't have to deal with the pain of a resistive display and slow internet speeds.
The best part about this tablet, however, is the software. The PMID701i runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and even though it doesn't have the Android Market/Google Play, actually comes pre-rooted which will make it easy to sideload any app store you want. For most general consumers, the Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet is probably still a better choice, but if you need a stock Android experience, or just want something to tinker around with, then $99 for this tablet certainly isn't bad. You'll just have to get to your local Big Lots by this Saturday to pick one up.[Big Lots]