Two Polaroid Cubes

The Polaroid Cube’s most attractive feature is its appearance. Its 35mm x 35mm design is a fun nod to the company’s past and allows to Cube to fit just about anywhere. It’s operated by one button on top. A small multi-colored LED status light indicates when the camera is on, recording or low on power.

A strong magnet on the bottom makes it easy to connect to metal surfaces. Polaroid sells enclosures and mounting options for the Cube, but we used a metal washer and tape as a cheap DIY mount for many other surfaces.

A strong magnet on the bottom makes it easy to connect to metal surfaces.

After charging the Cube and inserting a new 2GB micro SD card, we went on a long scenic hike with the Cube. We took two photos, at which point the dim green LED turned orange and we were unable to shoot any videos or more photos. Turning the Cube off and back on did not fix the problem, and the tiny user guide says nothing about an orange indicator light.

Frustrated, we consulted Polaroid’s online support page for the Cube. We discovered that a Class 10 micro SD card is recommended so we replaced the first card with a Samsung 32GB Class 10 card. Voilà! The camera worked… for about ten minutes. Then the orange LED returned and the Cube stopped working yet again, even though the Cube was charged and the memory card was nearly empty.

The few photos and videos that the Cube captured weren’t terrible quality, but not impressive. The hassles of dealing with the Cube seem pointless when you can get better images on most smartphones. If the Cube worked as advertised, it might be a fun little camera. Otherwise, it’s just a pricey paperweight.

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