Apple's iPad is seeing a lot of competition these days, with big brands getting into the market with top-of-the-line tablets at prices that don't hurt your bottom line. We've found tablet deals on used and refurbished devices from some of the biggest names in technology, as well as sales on new items from major retailers, such as Fry's Electronics and Walmart. If these tablets aren't exactly what you're looking for, check out our other tablet deals.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 7" 8GB Android Tablet bundled with a $50 Fry's Electronics Gift Card
Vendor: Fry's Electronics
Price: $249.99 with free in-store pickup
Lowest By: $43
Is It Worth It? The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a top-rated device designed for media consumption. Whether you want to watch movies, listen to music, or catch up on some reading, the Samsung Media Hub lets to do it all. TouchWiz lets you personalize and cutomize your touchscreen and choose from over 450,000 apps and access your favorite content, movies, and TV shows. Plus you can access up to 50GB of your favorite content in Dropbox. You can enjoy these and other "user-friendly enhancements" with this Editors' Choice tablet deal.
This tablet features a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1024x600 display, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, front- and rear-facing cameras, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, microSD card slot, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Walmart Tablet and eReader Sale
Price: From $59.98
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $28
Is It Worth It?: Need a tablet, but don't want to bust open your piggy bank? Check out the offerings from Walmrt. In the first such sale we've seen from Walmart, the big box retailer is taking 65% off select tablets and eReaders, making for some pretty choice price lows. Most of these items qualify for free shipping. Although the sale includes iPad 2s and Samsung Galaxy tablets, the best deal we could find is on the Pandigital Novel 7" WiFi eReader / Android Tablet in White (pictured) for $59.98, a low by $28. Featuring a 7" touchscreen, access to Barnes & Noble NOOK Book Store, and 4GB of storage memory, it's perfect for taking a few books on vacation without trying to fit them into a carry-on.
It features a 600x800 color touchscreen LCD, 1GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, access to the Barnes & Noble NOOK Book Store, and more. Note that, while it includes an Android OS, it's unclear which version is supported.
Refurbished ViewSonic gTablet 10" Google Android Tablet
Price: $149.97 with free shipping
Lowest By: $8
Is It Worth It?: Although Wired UK says it's "more workhorse than powerhouse," this tablet "offers a decent range of features for a very reasonable price." It's perfect for casual viewing on the go, and even makes a valuable addition to a living room as it can interface with an HDTV, making videos and browsing the Internet easy to do on a home theater system.
It features an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1024x600 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable via microSD card), webcam, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and Google Android 2.2 OS (Froyo). A 60-day ViewSonic warranty applies.
Used ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime 10.1" 32GB Google Android Tablet
Price: $329.73 with free shipping
Lowest By: $60
Is It Worth It?: With an inventive design and long battery life, the ASUS Transformer Prime was the world's first quad-core tablet. According to Engadget, the only downfall of the device is its charging dock. But this is easily remedied by using the savings from this deal to "spring for the $150 signature accessory: the keyboard dock."
This tablet features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" LED backlit 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 1.2-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 802.11n wireless, Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) via over-the-air update, and more. No warranty information is provided. Also, this used item may have cosmetic imperfections, scratches and/or blemishes, and may be missing accessories.
Refurbished Toshiba AT105-T1032 Thrive 10.1" 32GB Android Tablet
Vendor: GeekDeal via eBay
Price: $299.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $10
Is It Worth It?: Although a bit heavy and with app functionality that can be slow and clunky, "the Thrive really shines ... in game play," says the Gadget Review. So, while the Thrive might not cut it as a replacement for a multipurpose iPad, it's a good buy for those with more specific uses for their tablets.
It features an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, 2-megapixel and 5-megapixel front and rear cameras, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, SDXC slot, one HDMI port, and Google Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who backs it.
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