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With the excitement surrounding the release of the latest iPhone, it's important not to forget that the courts ruled Samsung's devices infringed on Apple's patents. So while there are some differences, the technology is very similar. One could argue that many Android slates follow a comparable trend — and they happen to be available at much lower prices. Whether you prefer Android or just hope to spend less money, here's a variety of deals on Android tablets.
Is It Worth It? For those understandably underwhelmed by Dell's original foray into the tablet market with a device too large to be a smartphone and too small to be a tablet, give the company another chance with this Editors' Choice deal on the 7" Streak. Not only is it available at the lowest price we've seen, but it's one of the cheapest 16GB tablet options you can find.
This tablet features a NVIDIA Tegra T20 1GHz dual-core processor, 7" 800x480 multi-touch display, 5-megapixel back-facing camera with autofocus, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera with fixed focus, 16GB internal storage, video capture, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11n wireless, MP3 player, SD/SDHC/MMC card slot, Google Android 2.2 (Froyo), and more. A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.
Is It Worth It?: Not sure how to jump into the tablet market, and don't want an iPad or a general eReader? Consider the HTC Flyer; CNET believes that it appeals to less techy users its easy-to-use features and capabilities. This device features a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen display, 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB memory, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 5-megapixel camera, 802.11n wireless, microSD card slot, Google Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), and more.
Is It Worth It?: "This device is all about the display, and we're talking 1920x1200p on a 10.1" panel," says Engadget. At a price $30 under our previous mention in July, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 is a good buy, especially if high-quality picture and sound — say, for making a dent in that endless Netflix queue — is a primary consideration. The 1.5-lb. tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1920x1200 touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, microSD card slot, 5-megapixel front facing camera, microUSB output, microHDMI output, and Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Is It Worth It?: Bundled together, these items from ASUS are now $10 cheaper than our mention from three weeks ago and $33 less than the lowest prices we could find when purchased separately. In fact, despite the TF700T's "speed and brawn," one of the chief criticisms of this device has been the cost of the mobile dock! The bundled docking station offers a comfortable keyboard and gives the tablet a significant boost to its battery life.
The tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 10.1" 1920x1200 LED-backlit LCD, 32GB internal flash storage, NVIDIA ULP GeForce graphics, 8-megapixel back-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, rear LED flash, 802.11n wireless, microSD card slot, HDMI output, gyroscope, GPS, Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and more. The keyboard dock features a touchpad, USB port, SD card reader, and more.
Is It Worth It?: This tablet cannot compete with an iPad or most of the devices featured above as far as processing speed or storage size, but it is super lightweight and the ideal size for portability and usability. Its price ties with last week's mention and is a very low price for a tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android's operating system.
It also features a Rockchip RK2906 Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor, 7" 800x480 touchscreen LCD, 802.11g wireless, microSD card slot, microphone, front-facing camera, mini HDMI output, mini-B USB connectivity, 3,200mAh built-in rechargeable battery, Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and more.