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Polaroid 15.4" LCD Television - TLA-01511C
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I found the picture quality to be better than similar small-screen LCD digital TV's that I compared in stores. The contrast and color is eye-popping when viewed straight-on. However, after receiving and installing the unit, I found that its display has a dramatic vertical viewing angle sensitivity, getting very dark below horizontal and washing out above horizontal. The side-to-side response is not as dramatic. This was not a problem for us, as it got wall-mounted on a fully extendable arm to free up kitchen counter space and allow it to be pushed out of the way when not in use.
The sound is not remarkable, but adequate for the small in-case stereo speakers in the open-air grill area along the bottom of the unit. I would not have expected home theatre sound in a 15" TV. The unit has a fully capable ATSC tuner for receiving off-air digital broadcasts as well as cable/satelite. It can also tune the standard broadcast channels (until February '09). Overall, we are very pleased with the unit and it serves our intended purpose extremely well.
I purchased this TV to replace our old (9+ years) 'ICEBOX' (brand name)10 inch TV with built in DVD player that included a bunch of other really neat features. Nothing was wrong with the unit - we just felt it was time to try a HDTV with a rectangular screen.
This new Polaroid TV was placed on the top of a new HD, very small DVD player. They both sit together in exactly the same place as the old TV. With great expectation and excitement, we snuggled up comfortably in our RV's double bed to enjoy our new, updated movie experience.
I am sad to report that it was a great disappointment. The predominant problem is that even though the TV sits upon a low shelf at the foot of the bed, it is quite difficult for both my husband and myself to see the picture from what I guess is known as 'the proper viewing angle'. That said, if I stand across the room, or, even look down the hall at the screen - the picture is great!
Unfortunately, it seems as though this unit would be much better suited for, say, a kitchen, or any room that one was either standing or moving around. The viewing angle is much less important (meaning one gets a nice picture) when one's head is above, or at the same level as the TV.
Snuggled in bed does not lend itself to a good viewing angle :-(
The other disappointment was the sound. After reading all that I could in the manual to make sure the mistake was not either in the connections, or a setting on the silly remote (the remote is also poorly designed - not a big deal - but was enough to irritate everyone who used it!), we had to admit that the old "IceBox", 9+ year TV had far superior sound!
Long story short (too late for that now, eh?Read more ›
I have called Polaroid repeatedly, each time getting some new story about when the part will be available and about how they are working to resolve the issue. I have made repeated calls to the repair shop to see if they have been able to get the necessary part. Polaroid told me the part would be ready on 24 June (a Sunday) and they would use expedited shipping. I checked--again--on the part on 25 June and got nowhere with Polaroid. The repair shop, however, was able to do a little research. They told me that the part in question had been on back order since MARCH and that the date Polaroid expected to receive the part had been changed from 24 June to 13 July. The repair shop made clear that they did not think Polaroid would have the part by the July date either. Another call to Polaroid and another lie about how someone would be calling me from the service department.
Indeed, I have been assured during at least four separate phone calls to Polaroid that I would be contacted by people from their service department.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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My wife and I purchased two of the 15.4in Polaroid LCD TV's back in mid 2008,We bought them for our childrens bedrooms in hopes that they would be great little investments,But boy... Read morePublished on July 1, 2011 by Ginger K. Johnson
I loved this TV...than one day, POOF, turned it on and it stopped working!! Barely ever used it!!! Can't believe it and the manual has no telephone number or address to contact... Read morePublished on April 27, 2011 by V. Glass
I love this tv. I got it from Walmart as a gift and I have moved with it a few times and I love it! I love the handle in the back to pick it up. Read morePublished on August 4, 2010 by skittlecake
polaroid tvs suck do not buy one i bought a tv 42 in polaroid a year and a half ago and now its broke i called and it cost 200 for the part to fix it seriously my prev tv which... Read morePublished on July 9, 2010 by suzanne
The TV sound kept going off. I contacted the seller and they made is a very easy return-no problems. Would have really liked the TV if the sound would have worked.Published on June 5, 2010 by Donna L. Zimmer
I'll keep this short and sweet. I won this HDTV as a raffle prize at a banquet. I didn't need it but decided it would be nice to have a TV in the office. Read more
i got 2 years since i got this tv ,works great i use it as a pc monitor an as a tv the high definition feature is amazing i love mi litle polatoid tv.Published on December 13, 2009 by Roy A. Jelinek
Great Tv until the picture goes. Sound stays but no picture. This was within one year of purchase.Bought at Circuit city which no longer exists in our area. Read morePublished on June 30, 2009 by R. Klappenbach